Why Recruitment is just like Game of Thrones

Why Recruitment is just like Game of Thrones

22 September 2017

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Heart-wrenching betrayal; the unrelenting battle for supremacy; fierce competition; mythical fire-breathing dragons... What would you say if I told you that these were not features of your favourite bloodthirsty TV Show Game of Thrones?

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But are in fact reference to the Game of Recruitment. (Okay so the name isn't quite as catchy, and there aren't any actual fire-breathing dragons, but bear with me.)

The bread and butter of George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones - set within the fanciful land of Westeros - is the constant battle for the extremely impractical and extravagant Iron Throne.

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The Game of Recruitment is similar in the sense that you are in competition with everyone, all the time. However, rather than raging catastrophic war over who gets to perch themselves on an unsightly piece of furniture, recruiters find themselves fighting over candidates.

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While you sleep, someone out there is trying to steal your throne candidate!

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But rather than fighting army to army, recruiters find themselves involved in handset-to-handset combat armed with resilience, patience and networking capabilities.

One of the most important weapons a skilled recruiter possesses in their arsenal is a mastery over social media and networking. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn have completely changed how the recruitment game is played. Candidates searching for job opportunities are more and more likely to connect virtually in this day and age. The networking prowess displayed by a recruiter has similar qualities to the Master of Whisperers.

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Known for his needle-sharp mind and quick wit and repartee, Lord Varys' web of influence envelops Westeros and extends over the Narrow Sea. Like the Master of Whisperers, many recruiters will rely on a vast reservoir of potential contacts to fill future job openings. Although similar, recruiters are unlikely to be as gloriously sassy with their retorts!

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Although the Game of Recruitment is nowhere near as bloody as its HBO counterpart, the two are equally full of stress-inducing moments of traumatic betrayal.

Picture this as a recruiter. You spend hours upon hours searching for the perfect candidate to fulfil a new job role for your client. Days pass and you finally find the perfect candidate! You take your little hatchling under your already battered and bruised recruitment wing, nurturing and feeding your chick with interview prep and constant advice (whether they like it or not).

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Then comes interview day. The stars have aligned, your candidate is souring above the clouds at their interview, expertly weaving their way through a barrage of questions while answering with impeccable clarity (thanks to your mentoring).

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Your client, impressed with this blazing ball of pure talent, wishes to adopt them into the company’s ranks.

What do you think happens next?

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Yup. That's right. The candidate respectfully declines the job offer and never returns. Reminiscent of The Red Wedding - betrayal at its finest.

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Although revenge would be sweet, it is not recommended to follow Game of Thrones too closely as physical or verbal retaliation in any form will result in an angry email from your HR team ...

 

Written By Jacob Bird

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