Archive for August, 2012
Just a short anecdote for a easy-going Sunday: A few days ago I went to London for some job discussions. One of these was a very short notice appointment worked in the agenda for less than an hour: “Meet me at the Ritz“. Nothing special to it so far…
But when I got there, I met a guy in shorts and a Olympia T-Shirt, accompanied by a client/friend – they were on their way to watch some games at the Olympics. As they wouldn’t have let him into the Ritz in this ‘inappropriate’ outfit anyway, we decided for the next best pub and a pint.
Actually we spend the time talking about sports and travelling and didn’t touch on any business topic at all. That I just before met a friend and had a pint helped the conversation flow… 🙂
I conducted casual interviews over breakfast, lunch or just two coffee myself, both as a hiring manager and an interviewee, but even then we where discussing mostly business and kept a form of business attire.
I have to admit that this additional informality adds another interesting aspect for selection and employer branding really that intrigued me – and I am far to ‘senior’ to be a Millennial 😉 The candidate learns a lot about company culture and it gives both sides the opportunity to explore a cultural match.
And don’t forget: it was fun 🙂 If it wasn’t fun for both sides, one could skip the rest of the selection process anyway. Hands-up who likes to work with people with whom he cannot imagine to go for a drink (including water and milk) after a long day?
I just finished an accreditation in Albania, Nehemiah Gateway University, Buçimas.
It’s not talent management/HR, but CSR is getting increasingly important for employer branding – and I found a good example of CSR, which I would like to share: adidas sponsored their sports facilities and furthermore regulary takes interns to their HQ in Germany as well as conducting an annual sports festival.
I could recognize that this has a big impact here for the local economy and the physical education of pupils and students. Great initiative without a direct financial return for them, which means it’s ‘real’ CSR, not just stealth business development.