Employers screening WOW players?

Recruiters being asked to avoid them.

According to a post on the F13 forums, employers are specifically requesting recruitment consultants not to send them World of Warcraft players.

The post, spotted by online gaming pioneer Raph Koster and posted on his blog, cites a recruiter working in the online media industry as saying that employers think WOW players are too sleep-deprived and distracted to be effective in the workplace.

"Employers specifically instruct him not to send them World of Warcraft players," said the poster. "He said there is a belief that WOW players cannot give 100 per cent because their focus is elsewhere, their sleeping patterns are often not great, et cetera."

There is a counter-theory that playing WOW - specifically, leading an active guild, which can involve some tricky management of people and time - makes for great employment experience, but the recruiter was having none of it.

"I mentioned that some people have written about MMOG leadership experience as a career positive or a way to learn project management skills, and he shook his head. He has been specifically asked to avoid WOW players," the posted said.

All things in moderation, people. But it's easy for us to say - it's our job.

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