The Ten Pokémon Go Characters in Recruitment

I’ve been inundated with questions from fans asking about my involvement in this game…

“Ed, do you play Pokémon Go?” My director recently sniggered as he swept past my desk, irked by my lack of phone activity.

“I’d love to see an article about recruitment and Pokémon Go!” Urged one adoring fan to a friend, in a private text I read over their shoulder on the train.

Well… Anonymous Ed Hunter fan, you can stop dreaming. Here it is.

If I’m not trying to fill ridiculously difficult jobs, to get one over on an internal recruiter, I’m out on my lunch. Looking for a Pokestop – and trying to find a random Blastoise!

The game’s had me thinking – other than the obvious correlation of trying to catch mythical creatures… what else do we have in common with the Pokémon world?

Personality traits! That’s what. Each pokemon is truly an individual. As are recruiters…

Pikachu

Pikachu

Energetic – the one that everyone knows, the popular kid. Is definitely not really the best in the office, but everyone still loves him! He’s been with the boss since the start so he’s not going anywhere.  Every time someone leaves the business – he gets all the clients! Actually, probably a bit of a dick now I think about it.

Slowpoke

Slowpoke

Like a candle in the wind. Unreliable! I’ve met this guy – he’s useful when he decides to be. The only problem is he’s half asleep when he decides to show up and 3 quarters asleep for the rest of the day… What does he do? He sneaks in a couple of deals a month. He sends one CV, to the one job, from the one BD call he made, that someone else resourced for him…. Probably not worth catching this one!

Charizard

Charizard

Hard to find! Not every company even has one of these – they are on fire constantly – and NEVER SWITCH OFF! They bill more than you can even count to and have even hired someone to personally reject the 500 rec2rec calls they get a day! If you get one of these – don’t lose them….. Or let one of the bigger kids take him (yeah…. that happened).

Bulbasaur

Bulbasaur

I hate this one – it’s the OUT Vegan… “Ok Jenny you literally only eat plants and I still couldn’t care less” – you may have one at work that constantly moans about the fridge and cross contamination. Or perhaps shouting that they won’t work with Client X because they use animal products! Seriously, why is being a vegan the Jehovah’s Witness of dietary choices? Put the carrot down and get back on the phone!

Snorlax

Snorlax

You know that contractor that the client found sleeping under a tree outside when they were supposed to be developing a product? You almost certainly woke them up on your first call together, at 12:30pm. They were late to the interview, but somehow got the gig. They’re now two months behind in their timesheets and will regularly take an hour of your time on one phone call. Yep. You’ve got yourself a Snorlax!

Diglett

Diglett

The office grad. The newbie. The youngster. Generally hard to find due to the fact they only rarely lift their head above the parapet. Beady black eyes that are hungry for information of any kind to give them a helping hand. Very inquisitive. Will ask questions. A LOT of questions. A bit like a mole, you can get information on other people in the company. They’re on the ground in terms of seniority. But not for long.

 Tentacool

Tentacool

A slippery slimy character that will on first glance look pretty and attractive, but there’s a sting in the tail. They’re probably thinking of stealing your candidates. The office floozy! If they touch you, they’re able to control you. Emotionally. Spineless and able to drift with the tide, meaning you’re not the only one they’re touching right now either! 

Hitmonchan

Hitmonchan

This critter is the king of BD. They pull no punches whatsoever, which clients love, and candidates appreciate their straight talking style. Can be a little spiky, and colleagues can be put off by them throwing their weight after too many sherbets on a Friday. But, it’s a price you pay. Why? They deliver. Never gives up on a role, no matter how lost the cause. Great to have in your corner. Not great if in opposition. Approach with caution. 

 Mew

Mew

Pink, cute, cuddly… normally hated by most people in the office because the MD absolutely loves them. Can do no wrong. Has the ability to transform into any other character. Keeps themselves guarded by never letting any rumour becoming fact. Shrouded in mystery. What you’ve heard is probably right, but you’ve no way of verifying it because everyone’s under the same spell.

Weezing

Weezing 

You can normally smell this little fella before you see him. Prone to 12 fag breaks before lunch, they’ve also forgotten the meaning of the term ‘personal space’. Normally the longest serving and remembers fondly the days when you could smoke in an office. Tried a ‘vape’ for a while, but kept smoking alongside it. Smashes in coffee like there’s no tomorrow. Steer clear wherever possible. 


Apologies if there are any anti-Pokemon Go people reading. This fantasy could soon become a reality however. Why? Because people in the US have started naming their children after the game!! I despair. For the love of Go won’t somebody PLEASE think of the children!

Ed

 

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