Episode 6 was the last in the series of The Job Interview, and we have been informed they are awaiting the green light from Channel 4 about making another one. This week saw Whitehair Co, a fashion and lifestyle PR agency in London, looking for a PR assistant and Planet Leasing, a car leasing firm in Essex interviewing for a sales person with drive - boom, boom!
Whitehair Co and its owner, Emma Whitehair, were looking for a new team member who lives and breathes the media. From 125 applications they whittled their shortlist down to four and all genuinely seemed interested in the role and what it had to offer, if perhaps not fully aware as to some of the aspects of the job – hello media.
As you would expect, the interviewers asked questions regarding media titles and their circulations. While our initial reaction last night was how did they not all know that the News of the World no longer exists? Thinking about it again this morning we have reassessed somewhat. The majority of these candidates would have been 15 years old or so when the paper closed, so you wouldn’t really expect them to know anything about it.
The twitter task was interesting to say the least, but that emoji used by one is a monkey – a say no evil monkey if we are being pedantic – not a pooch! All in all this set of interviews was by no means the worst in terms of their process but we also didn’t learn anything new. Spoiler alert We wonder why the selected candidate has already left the role…
Gary (the owner) and Darren were up next, interviewing for a business development executive to join them at Planet Leasing. Gary came across as THE quintessential sales man, with classic one liners such as ‘I’ve been called a zebra – I only see things in black and white’ and ‘myself and Darren are the big cogs in the clock and we are looking for a little cog to join us that will grow into a bigger cog in time’, yes quite. But, it turns out he is a softie, who really seems to care about those working for him.
From 85 applications they ended up seeing five candidates, all very different from each other. The best question from this round was ’what car do you aspire to own’? Apparently aiming for crazy expensive cars was what they wanted to hear, as it shows ambition, but one gentleman answered with a Megane, say no more – no surprise to hear that he progressed no further.
Although you shouldn’t have favourites, we couldn’t help it on this occasion, Mr South Africa got our vote from the get go – ‘I can update your website when I start with you’! We were delighted when he got the job, and even more-so when we found out that his family is now in the UK with him after 9 months apart.
For candidates the key outtake from this episode, once again, is the need to do your homework for your interview – prepare, prepare, prepare. We cannot quite believe how many try to wing it on the day.
And for clients? Well, if you want to get the best person for your job then help them to be the best they can be in the interview – don’t put up artificial barriers that may mean you miss out on a gem.
What next? We wait to see if Channel 4 gives the green light for another series!