HCL Technologies' Twitter recruitment drive #CoolestInterviewEver yields 88,000 applicants and five curious finalists
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HCL's Twitter Recruitment Yields 88,000
Applicants and Five Curious Finalists
By Diane Brady March 05, 2014
When HCL Technologies (HCLT:IN) took to Twitter (TWTR) on Feb. 10 to hire a marketing consultant
under the hashtag #CoolestInterviewEver, it seemed a publicity stunt. The “job” is a one-year consulting stint
in one of five roles (one of them is “hacker-in-chief”) and up to $75,000 in cash. After three weeks, the stunt
has clearly worked—at least as a marketing strategy.
Krishnan Chatterjee, who runs global marketing for the India-based IT company, says more than 88,000
people responded to its campaign on Twitter, and a comparable number reached out via other social media
sites. HCL boosted its follower count by more than 25 percent, to about 202,000, ahead of such rivals as
Wipro (WPRO:IN) and Infosys (INFY). “For five days, we trended ahead of the two prime ministerial
candidates,” says Chatterjee, adding the “cost of this whole campaign is less than it takes to recruit one
Chatterjee now wants face-to-face interviews with the campaign’s five finalists, whose names are being
released today. It’s easy to see why. Although all demonstrated an ability to communicate clearly and market
themselves in 140 or fewer characters, some have little more than a few tweets to their name prior to an HCL
interview. Sweta Bhatt (@SwetaBhattMini) posted her first-ever tweet on Feb. 15 and has only six
followers. No wonder Chatterjee wants to go offline before making a final choice. As he says: “If you run the
entire process through Twitter, can you really trust that the person is a real person?”
He’ll soon find out. Here are the accounts of the other four finalists:
• Anandan Pillai (@anandan22) – With 1,283 followers and more than 21,000 tweets, the self-described
researcher and social media enthusiast lives or works in Gurgaon, the Indian industrial hub near New Delhi.
He also has his own website where, among other things, he praises HCL’s campaign as a time-saver and
urges readers to participate.
• Prashant Singh (@iAmGolfy) – Singh describes himself as a “Technology Geek, Entrepreneur, Blogger, and
Golfer” who “Thinks Big, Aims for the Stars [and] Walks Hand in Hand with the Latest Technology.” With
3,548 followers, he has the largest reach of any finalist, and he produced this cool video to describe his 2013
• Jennifer Jayne (@jennifermjayne) – Jayne is an enigma who made the HCL cut with 47 followers, 181
tweets and no bio. Her Instagram account lists no photos or followers, and several tweets consist of Pinterest
plugs for dubious oils (and one with a particularly catchy slogan for frankincense) that allegedly “earn you
extra cash” and lead nowhere.
• Rohina Dobhal (@rohinadobhal) – With 79 followers and 341 tweets, her Twitter profile describes her only