Injecting creativity into the interview process

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It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression


Arguably one of the key moments in any hiring process is the interview. This defining and equally nerve-racking juncture imparts quite a fair amount of pressure on both the hiring manager and the candidate. The former’s objective is to thoroughly assess aptitude, attitude and chemistry, for the latter it’s putting their best foot forward while simultaneously attempting to make a favourable and lasting impression.
Add the competitive environment, contrived atmosphere and rigid time constraints and this be- comes quite the tricky ask. Which is why despite the somewhat unrealistic expectations on the efficacy of interviews, The Talent Boom – a global executive search recruitment agency – believes that injecting creativity into this demanding process will lead to better results. There are a few ways in which this can be done.

A serious time to play

Introducing creativity and a relaxed sense of play into the process can break up the monotony of repetitive and overly rehearsed interview scenarios for both the interviewer and candidate. In addition to providing an open and interactive environment, this playful interaction further serves to dis- arm the candidate and allow the interviewer to unlock deeper and more insightful answers and assessments.

Location, location, location

A real estate dictum for a reason, location can add real value to the interview process, particularly when said location is unexpected or taken out of the typical workplace context. Unusual environments stimulate fresh perspectives to the benefit of both the hiring manager and candidate.

Interactive ice-breaker

An interactive game – specifically designed with the interview process in mind – serves to not only break the ice in a fun, interactive way, but also assist the hiring manager with quickly assessing the candidate on various levels while at the same time allowing the candidate to make a more accurate, unique and – more importantly – lasting first impression.

“We developed 28 SECONDS, based on a popular board game, to inject creativity into the hiring process by serving as an ice-breaker and allowing hiring managers in creative industries to gauge candidates’ proficiency, communication skills, problem solving abilities and their level of confidence. Research has shown that you’ve only got seven seconds to make a first impression. With four phrases on each game card, you’ve got a shot at four seven-second first impressions on your future employer. Better make it count! Play a round to break the ice in your interviews or just have a fun team building session to test your knowledge!’ says Emily Keyes, MD and founder of The Talent Boom.

The Talent Boom is a global creative, digital, advertising and tech Executive Search firm headhunting senior to board member elite expat and local talent for global ad agencies, sports agencies and large corporations across UK, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.

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