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MGM Resorts goes ‘virtual’ in hiring for 700 summer jobs

Job applicants hoping to land one of more than 700 seasonal jobs being offered by MGM Resorts International no longer have to participate in a “cattle call-like” interview process.

Access to a job recruiter is as close to a smartphone, tablet PC or a home computer.

MGM Resorts is utilizing a virtual career fair to screen job applicants for the positions. Similar to meeting via FaceTime on an iPhone or the Skype application, job applicants are screened and interviewed for the the positions in real time.

MGM representatives believe the company is the only Strip resort operator utilizing the virtual career fair interview process. Fe Allen, director of talent acquisition for MGM’s corporate human resources, said Monday the company will use the application to fill some 200 positions that will soon come open at the new $350 million T-Mobile Arena.

“This is a very convenient and efficient process,” Allen said. “It’s a technology that people have become accustomed to using.”

MGM Resorts has begun hiring full- and part-time workers for nongaming jobs associated with the company’s pool and restaurant areas at its nine Strip hotel-casinos and the company’s noncasino properties, such as the Delano, Vdara and The Signature Tower at MGM Grand.

Jobs include bartenders, pool attendants, lifeguards, kitchen workers and food servers.

Job applicants apply for positions online at www.mgmresortscareers.com where they set up an account and submit a resume.

After applying online, qualified candidates are invited to complete a recorded video interview using a webcam or mobile device. Successful candidates reaching the next stage will then participate in a live online job interview with a hiring manager.

The virtual process allows job applicants to interview at a convenient time.

“We have job applicants away at school, and they can interview from their dorm rooms,” Allen said.

In the past, MGM Resorts has hosted job fairs at a company location for the seasonal, often drawing more than 2,000 applicants to a process that can take all day or wasn’t convenient.

The virtual program “is more simplified,” Allen said.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at hstutz@reviewjournal.com or 702-477-3871. Find @howardstutz on Twitter.

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