eHealth 360°. International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers

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Assessing the Emotional State of Job Applicants Through a Virtual Reality Simulation: A Psycho-Physiological Study

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_16,
        author={Daniela Villani and Chiara Rotasperti and Pietro Cipresso and Stefano Triberti and Claudia Carissoli and Giuseppe Riva},
        title={Assessing the Emotional State of Job Applicants Through a Virtual Reality Simulation: A Psycho-Physiological Study},
        proceedings={eHealth 360°. International Summit on eHealth, Budapest, Hungary, June 14-16, 2016, Revised Selected Papers},
        proceedings_a={EHEALTH360},
        year={2017},
        month={1},
        keywords={Virtual reality Assessment Anxiety Emotional state Psycho-physiological measures},
        doi={10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_16}
    }
    
  • Daniela Villani
    Chiara Rotasperti
    Pietro Cipresso
    Stefano Triberti
    Claudia Carissoli
    Giuseppe Riva
    Year: 2017
    Assessing the Emotional State of Job Applicants Through a Virtual Reality Simulation: A Psycho-Physiological Study
    EHEALTH360
    Springer
    DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-49655-9_16
Daniela Villani1,*, Chiara Rotasperti1, Pietro Cipresso,*, Stefano Triberti1,*, Claudia Carissoli1,*, Giuseppe Riva,*
  • 1: Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
*Contact email: daniela.villani@unicatt.it, pietro.cipresso@unicatt.it, stefano.triberti@unicatt.it, claudia.carissoli@unicatt.it, giuseppe.riva@unicatt.it

Abstract

Job interview is one of the most frequently used methods to assess candidates for employment and it often evokes feelings of anxiety and distress. The principal aim of this study is to use a VR simulation experience to assess the emotional state, and specifically anxiety, of job applicants. Two VR job simulations are proposed to twenty-five participants, before and after a five weeks training aimed to enhance their emotional skills. Results show differences in anxiety experienced by participants exposed to VR-simulated job interviews before and after the trainings and suggest adequacy of VR as an assessment tool sensitive to the changes in internal states of candidates.