VIDEO: Candidates get creative for new Glasgow hotel’s recruitment day

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Games, art and other playful challenges featured at a “Casting Day” held in Glasgow for recruiting staff for the city’s new Radisson Red hotel.

After receiving 1,600 applications, management selected 60 candidates to attend its special take on a recruitment day, which ranks personality ahead of experience.

The call went out in December last year, inviting anyone looking for a new challenge in 2018 to apply for a place on its Casting Day, held at The Lighthouse on January 22. Alongside their CV, applicants were asked for a video clip, selfie or Instagram link.

Radisson Red Glasgow, set to launch in spring 2018, will be the first Red hotel to open in the UK and is looking to recruit around 80 people in total.

Red’s philosophy is designed to connect with “millennially-minded” individuals through art, fashion and music.

The brand is looking to recruit creatives, with responsibilities ranging from food and drink to housekeeping, engineering and events, dedicated to “delivering a culturally aware service to its fiercely independent, tech-connected and fun-loving hotel guests”.

As this video demonstrates, the Casting Day differed from traditional recruitment processes. Structured around four creative workshops, the day gave candidates the opportunity to get creative with music, art and fashion, and all to the soundtrack of a live DJ.

Responsible for all operations at the hotel, curator Michael Weston said: “We were blown away with the response to our Casting Day. 1,600 applications is an amazing number. It really reinforced in our minds that Glasgow was the right location for the first Radisson Red hotel in the UK. This city is brimming with creativity, style and ambition, and we can’t wait to be a part of it.

“The candidates who attended had a great connection with the brand, and really embraced the spirit of the day and it was great to get to know so many of them.

“We want Red brand ambassadors who connect with the world around them. We want our team of creatives to be socially aware and able to make genuine friendships with our guests.

“We encourage laughter, playfulness and even a little mischief with guests that will drive them to come back again and again. At Red, personality is the most important part – we can show you the rest!”

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