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Chocolate maker seeks BBC’s help in filling job vacancy

07 March 2016

A chocolate manufacturer was the subject of a BBC documentary for its experimental approach to hiring a new business development manager. 

Beech’s Fine Chocolates invited camera crews from BBC2’s Who’s The Boss to the factory in Preston, Lancashire. 

The company invited interview candidates through a gruelling six-day selection process. The final decision was made by staff on the factory floor rather than a hiring manager. 

“It’s called collaborative hiring,” said Matt Buckland, a recruitment consultant featured on the show. “It’s a process that gets around that hierarchical [interview scenario] that we see so often. And instead, throws it open to the workforce, so everyone gets an equal say on who gets hired.”

The hour long documentary was filmed two months ago and was broadcast on March 1. It is available on BBC iPlayer.

Mother of two Karen Todd was the candidate who was chosen by staff at the company. She told local newspaper the Lancashire Evening Post that she’s already settled in. 

“It’s going well,” she said. “It has been a bit of a whirlwind really, but it’s great to know I was the one the staff voted for. I feel very honoured that they picked me and that has helped me settle in. They have all been incredibly supportive.”

Company owner Andrew Whiting declined to comment on whether he would use similar recruitment process in future. 

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