Fancy having your boss over for dinner?

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

We’ve all had job interviews, some good, and some bad.  But what happens when you have to have your interview at home having cooked a meal for your potential new boss? Well this is the latest Reality program to hit our screens courtesy of Channel Five. The Boss is Coming to Dinner features candidates battling it out amongst each other  in various different tasks,  the first of which is an interview over dinner.

I’ve  only watched it a few times but found myself reading an article in The Times recently on this very program and it got me thinking about different recruitment techniques.  As a recruiter I have seen many different types of processes used by clients, and as the author of the article points out some you see are very odd!  B &Q once required candidates to do a dance to ‘Blame it on the Boogie’  by the Jackson 5– maybe this was some sort of exercise to loosen candidates up and make them feel at ease? Who knows?  What is clear is that there are some pretty eccentric techniques being used and this new series is no exception!

So is the programme aimed at finding  great fits for the employers it features, or is it simply a bit of PR for the company, a spot in the limelight for the candidate -  and entertainment for the audience? The proof of the pudding as they say will be in the eating ( no pun intended!)

What interesting recruitment techniques have you heard of?