How to... use Star Wars to recruit candidates

How to... use Star Wars to recruit candidates

With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story set to hit our screens this week, you can practically feel The Force edging its way back into our lives.

And so, as you’d expect for a franchise with such a global cult following, nowhere is safe from Star War-mania, including the interview room.

Below, we have collected some examples of how Star Wars has been drawn upon in the search for the ideal candidate. Whether they’re as wise as Yoda, as sharp as Han Solo or even as lovable as R2D2, let’s hope at least some of these recruiters found the skill set they were looking for.

“These are not the droids you are looking for."

In what is fast becoming a tradition with the Texan police department, another recruitment video, this time featuring the Stormtrooper and a police officer at target practice, has already received more than 112,000 hits on YouTube.

The Stromtrooper’s terrible shot fails him to find a place on The Fort Worth Police Department team. However, it is hoped that the video itself will encourage applicants of a nicer nature to apply for the police officer roles available.


“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

Fort Worth Police Department produced a parody job interview featuring Star Wars villain Vader as part of a recruitment drive.

To encourage more candidates to apply for roles in law enforcement, the short video shows Vader attempt to convince the unsuccessful Police Officer that he has the right skills for the role. He explains away past mistakes on his CV, such as the Death Star being blown up on his watch, and claims that his “deep breathing issue” will not affect his physical exam results.  Vader goes on to use mind control and The Force on the interviewer, however he is soon asked to leave.

The end of the video explains the reasoning behind the Star Wars motif, saying: “Join us! If you think you have what it takes to be a part of ‘our Force’.”


“You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.”

He was an apprentice, a leader, a Jedi Master and a fallen mentor. Obi-Wan Kenobi knew the importance of teaching Anakin and Luke the ways of the Force, but he was careful never to impose his own stringent credentials on the students. He knew that they had to forge their own paths, and make their own mistakes.

Just like a good hiring manager, Obi-Wan understands that assimilating an eager apprentice into a new role takes time; the recruitment process doesn’t merely stop when a candidate has accepted an offer of employment. A successful hiring means a significant amount of time and effort invested by both the recruiter and the candidate.

As Obi-Wan himself says: ‘In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.'

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