We’ve known programs such as “Top Model” or “Top Chef” for years now. Watching the competition of aspiring models and chefs entertain millions of people around the world. Many countries have their national versions of these shows. But do you know that there is also a show called “Top Recruiter”?
You won’t find it on one of the TV channels. “Top Recruiter” is a web series created by Chris Lavoie about recruiters in the United States. The following seasons expanded from Miami to other US cities, and eventually, the program became international. The rules are simple and pretty much the same as in similar programs: participants perform various tasks (including networking at industry events or participating in job fairs) and compete with each other for the title of the best recruiter. If the numbers provided by the producers are accurate, the first and second season had an audience of 4.5 million people, which is about the same as an average series airing on an average TV station in the United States. The show had a traditional panel of judges, but it was the viewers who decided who would get to the next stage and who would ultimately win.
Starting from 2017, the program has changed the format. Instead of a reality show, it became the so-called docu-series and adopted a more serious tone. Now called “Top Recruiter, North America vs. Europe”, it follows the competition and the way of work of recruiters from those two continents. The goal is to show who has a better idea on how to revolutionize the recruitment industry. The competition consists of three stages. First, participants give a 5-minute presentation (an idea pitch) in front of a panel of professionals, followed by a Q&A session. Those who qualify further will have the opportunity to refine their vision of changing the world of recruitment and present it before the next panel. In the last stage, the finalists from Europe and the United States will meet in a castle in London, where they will answer some questions from business people and celebrities, including Karren Brady, James Caan, Matthew Jeffery and Jer Langhans. Ann Swain from APSCo, Darren Ryemill from Opus Professional Services Group, Matt Sauri from Wimmer Solutions and Bert Miller from Protis Global help the participants in the whole process.
The show has its supporters and opponents who loudly express admiration or criticism on social media. The early seasons of “Top Recruiter” are usually accused of detachment from reality and maintaining stereotypes that others have about recruiters. These are mainly accusations of people from the industry who know what this job really looks like. However, after the much-needed makeover, the recent seasons are much better and show recruiters in a better light. You definitely need to realize one thing: you need to look at this program through the lens of a reality show, made purely for entertainment. No recruiter has drinks on the beach in the morning instead of looking at CVs and calling candidates. No matter how much we would like it, reality just doesn’t look like this.
Have you had the opportunity to watch “Top Recruiter”?
If so, what is your opinion on this program?