But will the bride be on schedule?Guru is concerned that Aslef has taken its role in improvingworking relationships too far. The train drivers’ union has announced that itis moving into the wedding business. It owns a swanky house in Hampstead, northLondon, and has decided to hire it out for receptions. While it promises that beer and sarnies will not be on themenu, organising the bridal train could take on a whole new meaning. Richard Branson may have lost the bid to run the NationalLottery but at least he can draw comfort from the fact that he beat Dilbert,the cynical office worker who is the star of the globally syndicated cartoon,in a poll of the most influential business thinkers.That is more than can be said for Sir John Harvey-Jones,former chairman of ICI. Branson comes in at 29, Dilbert at 31 and Harvey-Jonesat 38, in The Thinkers Top 50 survey.Candidates are ranked in 10 categories includingpracticality of ideas, business sense, impact of ideas and “guru” factor.Ranked first in the poll, which is dominated by US entrepreneurs, is modernmanagement theorist Peter Drucker. Unfortunately, Guru’s application was lostin the post. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Candidates from hell refuse to toe the lineInterviews can be deceptive. How many times have youappointed a sweet-talking candidate only to find out that the tongue-tiedapplicant would probably have been better? That bloke who declared that if you hired him he woulddemonstrate his loyalty by having the corporate logo tattooed on his forearm –he might have been really good. Or the woman who wore a Walkman the whole waythrough the interview, claiming that she could listen to you and the music atthe same time – she could have been a real asset. On second thoughts, maybe youmade the right decision. These candidates just provide a flavour of the interviewexperiences that many HR professionals have had, according to a new Internetsurvey released this month. One interviewer had to take a call during aninterview. The applicant promptly took out a copy of Penthouse and startedleafing through the pages. Guru wants to hear about your experiences in field. Theycan’t be as bad as one HR manager, who was half way through an interview whenthe candidate took off his right shoe and sock, removed a medicated foot powderand starting dusting his toes. Guru column: Branson beats Dilbert for business acumenOn 23 Jan 2001 in Personnel Today A new way to fill porn positionsGuru has been impressed by the inventiveness of recruitmentagencies. In last week’s news pages of Personnel Today there was a story abouthow agencies are increasingly prepared to take on debt to invest in thebusiness. There was also a drive to focus on niche recruitment. Guruhas dug out an interesting example – take Adultstaffing.com for instance. Itsaw a gap in the employment market – an Internet-based agency recruiting forthe sex industry listing current vacant positions in porn – and decided toexploit it. The entire spectrum of jobs in the sex industry is listed,from actors in porn films, escorts, dancers and models, to managers,accountants and webmasters. Guru will return to websites on management theoryforthwith. Related posts:No related photos.