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VIDEO: No small talk – Famous Footballer Zlatan Ibrahimović taking on the role of a recruiter

Zlatan Ibrahimović is taking on the role of a recruiter in a cringe-worthy job interview video. The famous footballer didn’t just make the applicant anxious with his questions- he also managed to highlight three common candidate mistakes that recruiters hate.

ZlatanThe video starts with the jobseeker Philip being led into a conference room to be interviewed for a sales role at the beverage company Vitamin Well. However, the video shows him being left stunned when the interviewer walks into the room.


Ibrahimović is the Captain of the Paris Saint-Germain football team and an ambassador at the Swedish beverage company. The video shows him shake Philip’s hand and going straight into the interview.

That was Philip’s first mistake.

A recent study from the Resurgo Trust revealed that recruiters judge interviewees on their ability to make small talk. Candidates who cannot chit-chat before the interview are less likely to be successful in their applications.

A recent survey from Barclays Lifeskills revealed that failing to do their research is one of the most common mistakes jobseekers make.

“Tell me, why should you be on my team?” Ibrahimović asks in the video.

“Because I am a team player,” Philip replies, committing his third mistake.

A recent survey from PurpleCV revealed the eight most overused buzzwords candidates use. “Team player” was the third most common cliché recruiters are tired of hearing.

While Philip managed to commit three candidate mistakes recruiters hate, the video ends with Ibrahimović saying: “Philip, I’ll do my best to help you get the job. Good luck!”

You can read more about Resurgo Trust’s study here.

About Dr. Ev D'aMigo; PhD

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