MTV’s Hired premiered Monday, featuring a competition for a job at American Rebel PR. Prospective candidates, especially recent college graduates, are shown vying for a position. The process is shown, from the initial interview with the recruiter to one person (or more) landing the job. MTV’s Hired is a 30 minute program (minus the commercial breaks) that is fast-moving and engaging. Viewers get some insight into the thoughts and feelings of job hunters and job givers.
American Rebel PR Gets Over 1,000 Resumes on MTV’s Hired
The hiring company on the premiere episode does celebrity-clothing collaborations, and needs a Junior Account Executive. Over 1,000 resumes flooded the firm after the job announcement. The first process viewers get to see on MTV’s Hired is the recruiter Ryan going over the prospective candidates’ resumes, telling various people their strengths and weaknesses in their resumes and even about how applicants come across.
The list was narrowed down to five people to get a first interview with head honcho Chris, who comes across as a bit snooty, but he’s got good instincts. The five interviewed for the first round were Bailey, Kirbie, Jay, Carly, and Jenna. Jenna and Kirbie didn’t get a second interview, because the former had an irrelevant portfolio and the latter didn’t have “it” according to the American Rebel PR boss on MTV’s Hired.
One of the three that got featured in the “Callback” section was Bailey, a new transplant to the area, who was picked for her “quiet confidence.” But because she wrote a substandard press release and had a lack of experience, viewers got to witness her get a call from Chris telling her she didn’t make it. I could feel the rejection, too. I don’t like witnessing people get bad news.
MTV’s Hired Had a Couple of Surprises at the End from American Rebel PR
With the list narrowed down to two people, the impression was that just one person would get hired. Carly transplanted from Michigan and has PR experience, but Chris was “taken aback” by the amount of questions she asked in her first interview. Still, she made the “Final 3.” During her callback interview, she wrote the best press release, and was the first to be offered a job.
Jay’s “top ten list” helped his resume and cover letter stand out and got him an interview. He quit his job as a Marketing Manager, but was considered “bold” and the frontrunner for the American Rebel PR position until his callback interview – where he had a typo in his sample press release and the words “Press Release” in the title, which is purportedly not professional. Viewers were led to believe that he’d be turned down since Carly was shown as given the job first. As Jay was cleaning his garage, his call from Chris was tough at first criticizing his writing skills, but since he was liked so much, he also got a job.
Give the head honcho some points for hiring two people, because at the end of MTV’s Hired, it was revealed in the “One Month Later” segment that Carly left after just 4 days on the job so she could work for a bigger firm. Jay has taken over two accounts so far at American Rebel PR.
MTV’s Hired moves really fast and gets the perspectives of bosses and applicants during the hiring process. The show does give some insight into what employers are looking for. I only hope this program doesn’t just show “attractive people” getting interviews in future episodes. But then again, this is MTV, and MTV wants young and hip, right?
“American Rebel PR”, MTV’s Hired, May 17, 2010, MTV