I’ve interviewed at many companies in my career. I’ve also done a lot of hiring and recruiting myself. My recent experience with Nike has shown me how wrong everyone else is going about this.
Back in July I briefly talked to a friend at Nike about the fact that I was looking around for my next job. We talked a bit, then I talked to his boss, and when I advised that I wasn’t ready to take a job right then, but would be sometime around September / October, we arranged for me to come interview.
Now this is completely out of left field for me. I’ve spent my career in computers and video games. For this reason, most of my job search had been focused on these types of companies. The job offer I currently have in the UK is for a video game company. Nike? That’s a fitness and apparel company! What do I have to offer them?
Regardless, the job sounded intriguing, and the more I thought of what it would be like to work at a company who’s entire culture revolves around fitness and getting people to be active and become better athletes, the more I liked the idea.
So I arranged my interviews with Nike. Here’s where recruiting takes a crazy turn for the awesome:
Nike flew me in for interviews. From Prague.
And bought me the return ticket as well.
At the airport I was greeted by a towncar which whisked me off to a hotel downtown. Since I’ve gotten used to getting myself around Europe, shuttling myself around by train and subway, this just feels oppulent. Relaxing in a plush towncar, being chauffeured around after 14 hours of flying is something I highly recommend.
Upon entering the hotel, I was quickly checked into a room with a king sized bed, a separate living room, and a huge bathroom. Keep in mind, I’ve been living in hostels for the past seven months. This room is larger than any six- eight- or twelve-person dorm I have been in. I feel like I should invite every friend I’ve made in my hostel travels to come room with me here in Portland just to make more efficient use of the space.
To top it off, right inside the door I found this waiting for me:
Upon opening this, like a kid under the tree on December 25th, I discovered the contents were numerous and impressive:
The picture is a little inscrutable, so the contents of this packet are as follows:
- Nike running shoes, which fit perfectly.
- A Nike jacket, waterproof with hood, which I immediately put to use in the rain that greeted me in Portland.
- 2 pairs of socks (black, white)
- A Nike Fuelband
- A Nike shirt
- A notepad and pen
- A printed itinerary of my interview days
- And, of course, the duffel bag itself.
Needless to say, this is the fanciest I’ve ever been treated by any company I’ve interviewed for. Well done, Nike. You know how to do this right.