As the VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondelēz International, I’ve had the pleasure of hiring and working with many talented professionals. I get pitched by many more.
With the Oscars quickly approaching, I took a minute to reflect on which movie characters I would hire or want to work with. How does this list resonate with you?
Erin Gruwell in Freedom Writers: A teacher who relentlessly committed to changing the lives of underprivileged high school students. Constantly doubted and discouraged by her colleagues, Erin did not back down – in fact, she persevered.
Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happiness: In the face of adversity, Chris sacrificed all of his own needs, in exchange for building a better life for his son – a true story of determination, and the finest depiction of resiliency.
Hermoine Granger in Harry Potter: Where talent and intelligence meet compassion. Hermoine represented the arduous contrast employers are looking for. Her intellectual confidence was bold, yet sincere — undeniable yet flexible.
The Elf from Elf: Some might argue this is a strange pick – maybe Buddy isn’t given enough credit. Although the movie is jam-packed with hilarious lines from Buddy, his passion is so clear and so vibrant. A candidate with an infectious energy is rare; that type of person is needed in the workplace setting, especially to provide some balance.
Loius Zamperini in Unbroken: No explanation is needed beyond this GIF.
Katniss Everdeen in Hunger Games Saga: The ultimate team player – Katniss, is full of focus, aptitude, allegiance, and most importantly, modesty. Anyone would be lucky to have them on her team for her selflessness alone.
John Keating in Dead Poets Society: Someone who not only has the innate capability but the innate desire to stimulate others to find the power of their voice – that is someone who every employer should be fighting over.
Herb Brooks in Miracle: How far does talent take someone? Coach Brooks harshly pushes his players to their limits – asking them to dig far deeper, beyond talent and beyond skill.
Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: Time and time again, Elle was judged and undermined for her image alone. Elle shows how self-assurance and faith can take you a long way.
Dumbledore in Harry Potter: Wisdom and reason have been replaced by innovation and subjectivity in the modern professional world. This is where Dumbledore would flourish – a potential candidate who is the whole package: logical, astute, and sincere.
Would you hire any of these 10 candidates? Let me know at @boughb!