What Job Hopefuls Can Learn From I'm A Celebrity
22 November 2017
This week marks the return of that creepy-crawly reality show, I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! Another group of strong-stomach’ed celebrities made their way to some Aussie sunshine in order to spend the next couple of weeks covered in bugs, slopping around in the mud and relying on their fellow camp-mates for food rations. I don’t know about you, but I’d much prefer the fake tan and sequins of Strictly.
What was interesting about the opening episode of the show was the opportunity to “suss out” the line up. The celebrities involved are essentially thrust into an unfamiliar environment with a group of people they may not like or get along with (or so the producers hope). As a viewer, the first night in the camp is a chance to weigh up who will form friendships, who will work hard and who will fall out.
As a matter of fact, it’s entirely similar to a group interview situation in the contact centre market. The viewer is positioned in line with the hiring manager and the celebrities represent all of those hopeful candidates looking to secure a new job. When first introduced to the camp, each celebrity felt the need to give themselves a strong introduction in order to build their credibility – like a candidate utilising their personal brand in a group situation.
For many of the celebrities, they felt the need to prove what they could bring to the table – be that brains or brawn – in a similar way to a candidate outlining their core skills. Some of the celebrities already knew each other, such as soap stars Jamie Lomas (Hollyoaks) and Jennie McAlpine (Coronation Street). The rest of the celebrities had to make a real effort to find out about the others and what common ground they might have.
Essentially, this was one big “networking” situation – like a candidate expanding their market. Where have you worked? Who do you have prior relationships with? What research have you done about an individual or a business?
What is most important in a group situation like this is the ability to listen. Shouting the loudest does not mean that your ideas are better or more important than everyone else’s. These celebrities had to listen to each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The key aspect here was to refrain from being dismissive; all ideas were treated equally and there is something of a promise to support one another throughout the various tasks.
For the first night, the celebrities were paired off and you could see how quickly they learned to work together. In a group task, this is absolutely crucial – you have to learn to highlight everyone’s strengths and work around any potential weaknesses in order to achieve the best possible outcome. A team doesn’t work if only one person dominates the task or not everyone pulls their weight.
Even with the negative outcome of Stanley Johnson (father of blundering blonde, Boris) losing the meal voucher, the remaining celebrities were all very supportive and encouraging in defeat.
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I’m A Celebrity is on STV every night.
Written By Chris Milne