Outlandish job interview formats desired by Brits – anyone for an escape room?

Professionals now prefer newer ways of recruitment, which include speed dating sessions and escape rooms

Outlandish job interview formats desired by Brits – anyone for an escape room?

Recruitment processes have changed over the years. From the traditional one-on-one interviews to online quizzes that test the candidate’s potential, companies have been exploring the best ways to get the ideal person for the job.

This is what urged startups such as HireVue to introduce artificial intelligence to the recruitment process. From robots taking interviews and assessing your capabilities to putting up ads on Spotify and Tinder, businesses have been reinventing newer ways of attracting better candidates. 

However, millennials think the traditional process of recruitment is way too passé as 82% of job seekers today would prefer unconventional ways that evaluate their skills, according to The Knowledge Academy, the online training provider. This means more relaxed environments as opposed to nerve-wracking interview sessions.

Of 1,286 people surveyed, seven out of ten job seekers said they would rather be assessed through professional speed dating sessions. 482 companies were surveyed whether they would be willing to make these changes in their recruitment system and surprisingly 62% were positive about the shake-up. In this process, candidates would interact with senior and junior employees for a defined amount of time each about their abilities and what they can bring to the table in terms of experience, qualifications and skills.

Apart from that, people also prefer more fun recruitment techniques. According to the research 76% of candidates said they would prefer escape rooms, an adventure game where groups of people solve puzzles within a time limit, to showcase their talents. And 68% of companies agreed that it would be a good way to assess prospective employees. 

Then there’s the 54% of job seekers who want to play capture the flag to win a job, though just 30% of companies fancy that approach to find staff. The game splits people into two teams and the goal is to secure the rival group’s flag and return it to base without being caught.

Commenting on switching up interview processes, The Knowledge Academy secured feedback from Hannah, a HR manager at a digital marketing agency, who said: “Having added the escape room challenge into our stages of recruitment, it has enabled us to judge how well candidates work in teams and their problem-solving abilities under pressure.”

If you’re looking to get the best of the best to work for you, upgrading recruitment methods is probably in your favour rather than sifting through hundreds of CVs. 


Varsha Saraogi
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