The past week or so seems to have been a flurry of celebrity selfies, red carpet face-plants and oddly alluring GIFs of Leonardo Dicaprio sobbing.
And speaking of The Oscars, what could be a better time to focus on our recruitment successes? Let’s think about how important it is to make an impact, what it means to fail and, most importantly, the formula for a top-notch photobomb.
Can you believe that Leonardo Dicaprio has never won an Oscar? Let him be a reminder to us that, even if a candidate doesn’t succeed at interview, he or she could still have so much more to give.
When the successful candidate is offered a position, we tend to put all of our attention on them, and why wouldn’t we? We may need to contact their referees, begin DBS checks or simply keep them engaged in the recruitment process.
But let’s not forget the unsuccessful candidates- Dicaprio is the guy sitting in our talent pools. He’s the versatile candidate, waiting to achieve, impress and be recognised. That candidate is what allows us to be resourceful and they could be the person that finally fills that tricky role you’ve been working on.
But it’s not all about the revealing dresses, overpriced shoes and those little golden men- it’s also about photobombing.
Benedict Cumberbatch, Jennifer Lawrence and Jared Leto are all masterminds when it comes to hijacking Oscar snapshots. These guys are pretty high profile but any recruiter can easily achieve this level of expertise with the use of quite a simple formula:
1. Be prepared
In recruitment, we should always be ready and waiting. We should be equipped with all of the tools we need to make an amazing impact on our candidates. We need to be ready to provide an excellent candidate experience and pull out all of the stops so that we can offer the right candidate a new job (or get the guy from Titanic in our talent pool).
No photobomb could work without forming the perfect unity between yourself, the other person in the photo, and the camera. By pulling together and using one another as a resource, we will be successful, we will jump in at the last minute and we will make a lasting impression on our candidates, and enhance employer branding.
And just like Brad Pitt, leap at the opportunity to get stuck in. Be willing to go the extra mile so that you can take control and explore alternative methods, own the moment and fill that really difficult role.
So, maybe, just maybe The Oscars are in fact a bit like recruitment.
Let’s be prepared, pull together, smile for our candidates and, if we fall over on the red carpet, strut our way through the critics and photobomb everyone we walk past.