This week we’re watching World’s Maddest Job Interview… what did you think of it?
Channel 4 got a number of contestants – some of whom had experienced serious mental health issues – to appear on its portfolio of television programmes, including Countdown, Location, Location, Location and Come Dine with Me. All of the contestants were put through their paces in a job interview by top businesspeople who were keen to assess their social skills, creative and lateral thinking aptitude and team work – but who did not know who had the history of mental health issues. Told that some of the candidates had an eating disorder, severe depression that made one woman suicidal and life-threatening OCD, the businesspeople stated that they would not feel willing to hire those who had such mental health issues. However, after a gruelling set of challenges over a number of days and meeting and talking to the candidates, the business panel selected all of the people with mental health issues for their jobs, and classed them as their top performers.
Despite the name of the programme and the commentator’s insistence on calling the candidates “mad”, it did provide a great pay-off, demonstrating that those with mental illness can be phenomenal employees. What did you think – handled sensitively, challenging prejudice or just sensationalism?
- What? World’s Maddest Job Interview
- When? Channel 4 On Demand