Job interviews, they’re all the same, right? That’s what the folks over at Heineken reckon anyway. So when they were advertising for a new member of staff they decided to do things a little differently. Have a look at this video to find out more:
Interviews can often feel like there are a lot of hoops to jump through, but Heineken took this to a new level with their expectations of their potential recruits. To be perfectly honest if I experienced anything like that on an interview I’d never consider taking a job with that company. But maybe the fact the job was with an international company like Heineken would outweigh the weirdness of the interview.
They’re not the only ones to have a unique recruitment process either. Advertising agency Saatchi & Saatchi are renowned for the challenges they set students interested in joining their summer scholarship programme and potentially landing a job out of it.
They’ve asked applicants to set up Facebook fan pages and win fans, complete a really hard timed quiz (disclaimer: the quiz may not be that hard but our staff writer failed epically when she tried it) and to recreate their favourite viral advert. Some of the best can be seen on their YouTube page. And all that’s just the beginning of a recruitment process for an internship.
What’s potentially more interesting though is whether this could signal a change in how companies are recruiting staff. Are we going to face a series of challenges for every job interview we go into? Are McDonalds going to ask potential staff to flip burgers at an interview? Maybe bar staff will be asked to make some drinks for their interviewer. Or the Natural History Museum could ask new recruits to do their best pterodactyl impression.
If you fancy a slightly more normal recruitment process though, head over to our opportunities pages, where we can promise that we won’t ask anyone to show us their best dance move in an interview.