The golf course may have been the scene of many a business deal, but most employees don’t expect to have to charm the boss on the fairway before they’ve even got the job. One company, though, has decided that if the course is a good place for making deals, it's also a good place for making hires. So it's decided to build a mini-course inside its office - the theory being that it will help recruiters assess whether job candidates are below par, or have the potential to be a hole-in-one.
Apparently PEER 1 Hosting (a less-than-glamorous industry that arguably needs all the razzmatazz it can get) has decided to build the mini-course, dubbed ‘The Masters’ (by the firm’s PR company, at least), to help reveal candidates’ ‘true colours’. Using a ‘golf-style scorecard’, recruiters will look to see whether candidates go for big shots or shorter putts; whether they ‘play hard’ or let the interviewer win; and how strategic their game plan is. All very zany and dotcom...
With job titles like ‘sales supremo’ and ‘customer service champion’, the company clearly prides itself on its off-beat approach to management. You may remember us previously writing about its ‘Foxtrot Oscar’ bonus (very risqué), whereby new recruits are offered £1,000 to leave after a fortnight if they think the company isn’t for them. Employees also enjoy ‘perks’ like ‘dress up smart day’ and ‘cock-up of the month', an 'opportunity to learn from and celebrate mistakes’.
While we're all in favour of a bit of light-heartedness to break up the daily grind, we’re not convinced The Masters is a recruitment strategy that will necessarily impress the equal opportunities lobby. Given the profile of your average amateur golfer, won't slightly overweight, badly-dressed middle-aged white men have a clear advantage over everyone else? And we suppose it might also be a little off-putting to anyone who, well, doesn’t really like golf - potentially resulting in PEER 1 missing out on some good candidates that don't play off a low handicap.
Then again, perhaps it'd argue that these people weren't right for them anyway. As MD Dom Monkhouse, says: ‘fun is part of our DNA’. There are people who will share that DNA – and then there are those who would probably rather just sit and talk through their CV. If we suspect our loyalties lie with the latter camp, does that mean we're no fun? There's another albatross around our neck...
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