Bundles of energy and a never say die attitude are essential but what else would be required in the ultimate recruitment team?
Here, we consider the individuals that might make the cut, from movie characters and fictional stars to those famed for success.
Who would be in your ultimate recruitment team?
Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) from The Godfather:
The power of great negotiation is not to be underestimated and Don Vito Corleone makes offers that nobody can refuse.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”
He is powerful yet controlled and his persuasion skills would not go amiss with both candidates and clients – if you can get past Vito, you get past anybody!
Blake (Alec Baldwin) from Glen Gary Glen Ross:
Recruiters often look for people that will be both the face and the voice of a client meeting and Blake is a prime example of such a character.
His presence demands attention and he’s not afraid to say what he thinks – shown when he gives his mercy of mission speech to motivate the sales group.
Hawk Eye from Marvel Comics:
Hitting targets is an essential part of recruitment and there is no one better at hitting the target every time than Hawk Eye.
A master archer who shoots for success with whatever he can find and who has a twinkle in his eye that would raise a smile in even the dullest client meeting.
Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) from the ‘Rocky’ films:
Beating off the opposition can require the ability to outlast and outperform an opponent – with Rocky’s antics in the ring similar to those in recruitment offices nationwide.
The extra hours of hard work and training will ultimately bring success, leaving him with his arms aloft and his opponent cowering on the canvas.
Ayrton Senna, ex-Formula One champion
Racing drivers embody the will to win and Senna was no exception – his grit and determination drove him to success.
“Being second is to be the first of the ones who lose”
Failure was never an option and even saving an extra second can make all the difference – especially in a race of recruiters to get their man.
Sir Alan Sugar:
Sometimes successful businessmen rise from the depths of obscurity, largely thanks to lots and lots of hard work.
Spotting potential in people is therefore an essential skill in recruitment, and is highlighted through Sugar’s TV show The Apprentice, which looks to find the very best by testing them thoroughly.
Derek (Ricky Gervais) from Derek:
Passion and loyalty mean a lot in the workplace – they ultimately drive success – and a character like Derek is vital to keeping things in perspective.
It’s very easier to get caught up in success – and equally failure – so keeping people grounded is vital even if it means upsetting a few people along the way.
Derek Trotter – Del Boy (David Jason) from Only Fools and Horses:
Whatever life throws at Del, he’s always positive and is convinced that “this time next year we’ll be millionaires”.
“He who dares Rodney, he who dares”
He knows what he wants and he works until he gets there, taking chances when he can, an approach that sets the best recruiters apart from the rest of the bunch.
When a team needs inspiration, a character such as Winfrey that has defied all the odds to become a success is indispensable.
From news anchor to chat show host, to head of her own multi-platform media empire, everything that she has achieved was built up from virtually nothing, showcasing a never-say-die attitude.
It’s hard to believe that he was first told he was not creative enough to succeed, but Walt Disney is a shining example of why not giving up is so important.
Talent can sometimes be missed but having a personality on a team who remains determined and confident in their own abilities will ultimately lead to success.
Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) from 24:
Time waits for no man – a phrase that is highly prevalent in 24 when Bauer races against the clock to rescue the situation.
“Part of getting a second chance is taking responsibility for what you did wrong in the first place”
In the tough world of recruitment, any delay could prove disastrous so acting quickly and instinctively is a crucial part of being successful.
Beckham is a brand that could sell absolutely anything – indeed his face can be found on products all over the globe.
A recruitment agency requires a brand ambassador that can sell what is on offer and few are better at selling a product that Beckham.
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It’s easy to think that the business world is dominated by strong male characters, but there are plenty of females who are just as strong-willed – of which Brady is definitely one.
She knows what she wants and she stands her ground in a male-dominated environment in order to get it – landing her roles as Co-Chairman of West Ham United FC and as Small Business Ambassador to the UK.
Any recruitment teams needs a unique blend of individuals with a wide and varied skill set – something that this list of people possesses in abundance.
Author: Satnam Brar is Managing Director of Maximus IT. Maximus is an Oracle Gold Partner which specialises in recruitment in the ERP, CRM & Database sectors, specifically ORACLE, MS Dynamics, Salesforce.com and SAP.