Reality check on TV approach to hiring

LOCAL companies should not use reality television shows, such as the Apprentice, as the model for their recruitment procedures.

LOCAL companies should not use reality television shows, such as the Apprentice, as the model for their recruitment procedures.

Recent media reports suggest that iFinda Group hired its new managing director after a six-week period during which 22 applicants were issued with a number of tasks. Each week several candidates were ‘fired’ from the recruitment process.

This type of selection is not an appropriate way forward or a suitable way to treat people.

Employers should think long and hard before turning recruitment into a game show. Employees are not performing poodles.

While it is important people with the right skills are appointed, there are better and more appropriate ways of achieving this.

Job applicants at B&Q have been reported as being asked to perform dance routines at interview.

This could be seen as a creative and innovative way of selecting suitable candidates.

However, the reverse is that, in addition to applicants feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable, potentially excellent employees are alienated.

What makes popular television does not necessarily transfer into the real workplace.

Journalists

David Whetstone
Culture Editor
Graeme Whitfield
Business Editor
Mark Douglas
Newcastle United Editor
Stuart Rayner
Sports Writer