Wacky recruitment processes: Have they gone too far?

about 2 years ago by Jessica Brown

Wacky recruitment processes: Have they gone too far?


Over the past few years, standard interview processes have become the minority, with simple questions being replaced by concepts so left-field that having kittens doesnít just refer to nerves any more. In fact a café in Bournemouth kept their reputation by a whisker, when they asked potential candidates to impress a panel of cats, all of whom had different issues to make them paws for thought.

Unusual questions are nothing new in the recruitment process, with Goldman Sachs hopefuls reporting that they were asked how many square feet of pizza are eaten in the US in a year, however this physical form of testing has only recently gained popularity.

Odeon employees recently revealed that part of their application included standing on the stage and disclosing an embarrassing moment from their past. Whilst Asda have employed a strategy dubbed Asda Magic, in which candidates have to hocus focus on creating objects out of straws, coming up with a poem and selling a product, which may or may not be a white rabbit, to their interviewer.

Over recent weeks, concerns have been raised that such stringent processes, no matter how fun they might seem at the outset, are often for relatively low paid, low-skilled roles, making the interview irrelevant to the job. These interviews have trickled down from larger companies, most often in Sillicon Valley, however even Google, finding no positives for their madcap questions, abandoned them all together recently.

Despite the negatives however, these practices can be appealing to younger jobseekers, with experts claiming the standard interview, along with business cards and CVs should be relegated to the junk yard. These 'wacky' recruitment processes do what questions will never be able to, immediately representing a company's culture and encouraging bonding between teams that will often travel through the process together.

In fact, it's been suggested that even if the role goes to someone else, injecting a little claw-some cat-titude into the interview could leave the candidate feline fine.