Recruitment Lessons From Star Wars

Recruitment Lessons From Star Wars


Following the much awaited release of the eighth Star Wars film, we here at Evolution Industrial have found the best and most insightful recruitment lessons ever to be sourced from a galaxy far, far away.

Attack of the Clones

“Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?” – Princess Leia Organa

The Galactic Empire may have been smooth sailing back in the day when the only competition was the Old Republic. But times change. When the Skywalker twins step up to take down Darth Vader’s empire, they do it with a small but diverse workforce. The Rebel Alliance may be lacking in fire-power, but make up for it by recruiting  a diverse group of talent ranging from Wookie’s to Humans to Mon Calamarians like Admiral Ackbar.

Not restricting themselves to hiring Kaminoan clones like the Galactic Empire, the Rebel Alliance successfully used its limited resources to blow up not one, but two Death Stars. Hiring the same people over and over may ensure that your company culture remains intact, but remember the words of the wise Ackbar: “It’s a trap!”

Master and Apprentice

“You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi.

He was an apprentice, a leader, a Jedi Master and a fallen mentor. Obi-Wan Kenobi knew the importance of teaching Anakin and Luke the ways of the Force, but he was careful never to execute his own strict credentials on the students. He knew that they had to forge their own paths, and make their own mistakes.

Just like a good hiring manager, Obi-Wan understands that adapting an eager apprentice into a new role takes time; the recruitment process doesn’t just stop when a candidate has accepted an offer of employment. A successful hiring means a significant amount of time and effort invested by both the recruiter and the candidate.

As Obi-Wan has said himself: “In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.”

The Dagobah experience

“Only a fully trained Jedi Knight, with the Force as his ally, will conquer Vader and his Emperor. If you end your training now – if you choose the quick and easy path as Vader did – you will become an agent of evil.” – Yoda

The candidate experience is essential to your employer brand. When Luke Skywalker crash lands on Dagobah to be trained by Yoda, he is treated to a candidate experience like no other. Yoda originally comes across as a bumbling fool, but it is soon unearthed that he is in fact a Jedi Master. Despite the fact Luke stalls to rescue Han Solo and Princess Leia, Skywalker is still so hooked with his time in the remote, swampy world that he returns, eventually completing his ‘interview preparation’ and becoming a Jedi, whilst singing Yoda’s praises at the same time.

Battle droids

“These aren’t the droids we’re looking for.” – Unidentified Stormtrooper

Droids are used throughout the Star Wars franchise, much like Stormtroopers, to highlight the sheer power that artificial intelligence (AI) could one day yield. Programmed to imitate any emotion, droids are an essential weapon for both the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. However, it was the human clones, equipped with sophisticated technology that defeated the droid-only armies.

The rising importance of technology in recruitment is something we will see increase. Through online gamification techniques, mobile hiring and Big Data, recruiters have access to the best talent from all over the galaxy.