What the Tinder Swindler has to do with HR

Wamly founder Francois de Wet draws parallels between the dating and recruitment scenes.

The Tinder Swindler is a British true crime documentary about a guy who poses as a wealthy jet-setter and uses the dating app to con women out of money.

In his latest blog post, Francois uses the Tinder Swindler documentary to provide three important lessons for HR professionals embracing video recruitment. 

They are:

  1. How people portray themselves online is never the full story and how one-way video interviews can’t solve this problem: Most CVs are a far stretch to the actual human you’re looking at hiring. There is just no way you can capture the real presence of a person on a CV, or for that matter, on a pre-recorded video. How many times did they get to record that video before sending it to you anyway? A pre-recorded video is advertising at its best.

  2. If you’re gonna talk the talk, your company better walk the walk: The hiring process is a huge reflection on the capabilities of an organisation to instil confidence in a possible great hire. 

  3. Technology can be a total waste of time and money if not used purposefully: There’s the terminology, garbage in = garbage out. If you’re going to explore new ways of integrating technology into your personal or business life, you might as well give it a proper go to make sure you aren’t falling short because you don’t understand the technology correctly. These are very uncertain times, and with the speed of change, it can be highly overwhelming and unsettling.