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  string(3681) "It’s that time of the year again! Oscar season is upon us, during which a month long anticipation of who will be crowned the best of the best for their performances over the last 12 months leads up to the most celebrated awards ceremony in the industry.

If you’re like me, this is the time when you immerse yourself in the wonders of cinematography, see all of the nominated movies at least once, and cast your predictions.

Being in recruitment, I can’t help but draw parallels between the Oscars and the industry I work in on a daily basis. It’s quite befitting that a high stakes competition amongst the cream of the crop compares well to the candidate selection process; one which both clients and candidates can appreciate.

I’ve observed a few Oscars outcomes which also appear during a recruit, ones which we can learn from the next time you find yourself interviewing for a role.

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

I’m looking at you, Leonardo DiCaprio (this is your year!). Have you found yourself a front runner throughout the recruitment process, only to miss out on the role by a slight margin? We see it happen to top candidates, and it always comes as a shock.

This outcome goes to show that nothing is a sure thing, and your competition is truly fierce. Your “performance,” although flawless to the eye of one, is ultimately up to the judgement of a few key individuals.

What can you do to avoid this outcome? Have a think. Is this truly the role of your dreams? Be undeniably good. Go the extra mile. Leo ate a raw bison liver to truly engrain himself in his role in “The Revenant.” You won’t need to do that, per se, but you get the gist.

The Dark Horse

Playing the role of the spoiler, the dark horse is the one to inch ahead of the aforementioned “Bridesmaid.” Typically, the dark horse is the one who is a bit more outside the box, or perhaps one of the last to be considered in the race. When a summer blockbuster reboot of a 1979 Australian dystopian action film was released, it wasn’t known that it would secure nominations in 10 categories, and become a strong contender.

How do you become successful as The Dark Horse? Be confident in your skill set, even if it doesn’t completely match the job description. Play to your strengths, and your long term success in the position.

The Crowd Favourite, Who Receives No Love from the Academy 

Without fail, there is always the ultimate snub from the crowd favourite who manages to get left behind, missing out on the opportunity to take the glory we all think they deserve.

Perhaps it’s the recruiter’s favourite candidate who the line manager decides they don’t want to see, or the internal applicant who isn’t deemed ready to take the jump into a new position. This year’s controversial snub seems to be around ‘Carol’ being left out for both the Best Director and Best Picture category.

What lesson can we take from this? Even if you are confident the job is yours, don’t celebrate a win too early. Be on your game throughout the entire process.

These are the three most commonly seen parallels between The Oscars and the recruitment process, are there any others you have seen? Tweet me your thoughts @PatriciaD_CP."
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It’s that time of the year again! Oscar season is upon us, during which a month long anticipation of who will be crowned the best of the best for their performances over the last 12 months leads up to the most celebrated awards ceremony in the industry.

If you’re like me, this is the time when you immerse yourself in the wonders of cinematography, see all of the nominated movies at least once, and cast your predictions.

Being in recruitment, I can’t help but draw parallels between the Oscars and the industry I work in on a daily basis. It’s quite befitting that a high stakes competition amongst the cream of the crop compares well to the candidate selection process; one which both clients and candidates can appreciate.

I’ve observed a few Oscars outcomes which also appear during a recruit, ones which we can learn from the next time you find yourself interviewing for a role.

Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride

I’m looking at you, Leonardo DiCaprio (this is your year!). Have you found yourself a front runner throughout the recruitment process, only to miss out on the role by a slight margin? We see it happen to top candidates, and it always comes as a shock.

This outcome goes to show that nothing is a sure thing, and your competition is truly fierce. Your “performance,” although flawless to the eye of one, is ultimately up to the judgement of a few key individuals.

What can you do to avoid this outcome? Have a think. Is this truly the role of your dreams? Be undeniably good. Go the extra mile. Leo ate a raw bison liver to truly engrain himself in his role in “The Revenant.” You won’t need to do that, per se, but you get the gist.

The Dark Horse

Playing the role of the spoiler, the dark horse is the one to inch ahead of the aforementioned “Bridesmaid.” Typically, the dark horse is the one who is a bit more outside the box, or perhaps one of the last to be considered in the race. When a summer blockbuster reboot of a 1979 Australian dystopian action film was released, it wasn’t known that it would secure nominations in 10 categories, and become a strong contender.

How do you become successful as The Dark Horse? Be confident in your skill set, even if it doesn’t completely match the job description. Play to your strengths, and your long term success in the position.

The Crowd Favourite, Who Receives No Love from the Academy

Without fail, there is always the ultimate snub from the crowd favourite who manages to get left behind, missing out on the opportunity to take the glory we all think they deserve.

Perhaps it’s the recruiter’s favourite candidate who the line manager decides they don’t want to see, or the internal applicant who isn’t deemed ready to take the jump into a new position. This year’s controversial snub seems to be around ‘Carol’ being left out for both the Best Director and Best Picture category.

What lesson can we take from this? Even if you are confident the job is yours, don’t celebrate a win too early. Be on your game throughout the entire process.

These are the three most commonly seen parallels between The Oscars and the recruitment process, are there any others you have seen? Tweet me your thoughts @PatriciaD_CP.

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