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Ok, let’s just keep it real for a minute. We get that Pokémon Go is the hottest thing on the planet at the moment. And sure, it’s getting people up and moving, out in the fresh air, putting pedometers to work, yadda yadda yadda. We get it. But let’s get one thing straight. Pokémon GO is NOTHING like recruiting, despite what you may or may not have heard. Just hear us out…
Reason #1: You can’t simply throw a ball at a candidate to entice them into a job. Lawsuit, much?
Reason #2: You work in an office, not a dense woodland.
Reason #3: When’s the last time you got away with showing up for work looking like this? (Casual Fridays excluded…)
Reason #4: Whipping out a camera to photograph your candidates is generally frowned upon…
Reason #5: I don’t know about you, but I’ve never fallen into a pond looking for a candidate…
Reason #6: …or stumbled upon a dead body.
Reason #7: …or walked out in front of a train.
Reason #8: Looking for candidates generally doesn’t drain the life out of your phone battery.
Reason #9: Hitting up a bar is generally reserved for after-work drinks, not because you know a candidate is in there and it’s worth spending €5 on a beer just so that you can catch them. That’s just creepy…
Reason #10: Recruiting doesn’t require exercise (although to be fair, you do sweat profusely when the candidate you’re trying to make an offer to suddenly won’t return any of your calls).
Reason #11: It’s pretty rare that you’d get into a stand-off with a candidate just as you’re about to walk into the bathroom.
Reason #12: No matter how much incense you let off, you’re not going to attract candidates into the office (and your co-workers will probably need to get gas masks)
Reason #13: Getting candidates to battle each other will showcase their physical strength, but really won’t give you a feel for their soft-skills, unfortunately.
Reason #14: Imagine getting push notifications every time a candidate is within a 10-mile radius…
Reason #15: Loving the fact that you’re a recruiter rarely verges into obsession territory.