An interesting article in the latest Management Today on the announcement that Autonomy is offering ipads to candidates who successfully get an interview with them – that’s right, you don’t even have to get the job, you just have to be invited for an interview.
This throws up some interesting questions – not least, how this will affect the hiring manager’s attention and care over selecting candidates from their CVs. In theory, this process should mean less time spent interviewing the wrong people (I imagine there is a limit on the amount of ipads they are willing to give away!). Speaking to people charged with finding talent, their biggest frustration is often the amount of time spent interviewing the wrong candidates – so if this means reducing that time pressure, perhaps it could be a technique for others to follow?
There is always the argument that candidates should be attracted to a business because of the challenge that the role brings, not because of a bribe – but by choosing the gadget that many young techies want, it could be a shrewd move by Autonomy to get one step ahead of its competitors in attracting key talent.
We shall see how the program goes (and if sales of ipads go through the roof!)