Some of the 2i Recruit team will be attending Royal Ascot this week and it got us thinking that recruitment is like a horse race. There are lots of things recruitment can be compared with but let us explain our thoughts about why getting a job can be compared with running in a horse race like Ascot.
Recruitment Is Like A Horse Race
Candidates can have the best CV in the world but it doesn’t mean they are going to win the recruitment race. There are so many factors involved in winning the race – winning the job. We can put candidates up for a role but it’s a bit like betting on a horse; anything could happen during the race. You can never be sure who you are going to be up against.
We can get our horses fit to race but we don’t know if they are going to win. We put a lot of preparation into our candidates; briefing them on the role and the company, however recruitment can be a bit of a lottery.
Like a horse race, waiting for the race to finish and finding out who the winner is can be an anxious wait for recruiters and especially for candidates!
The Origins & History of Royal Ascot
Finally just for a bit of fun we wanted to tell you about the history of Royal Ascot and how it came about.
We have to go back to 1711 to find the origins of the world’s most famous race meeting. In that year, Queen Anne purchased the land close to Windsor Castle for £558. Seven horses competed in the first races at the racecourse that were held in August 1711.
Over the following century the meeting grew in popularity amongst English nobility and expanded to include more races. Royal Ascot was at this time beginning to become famous for the social events that surrounded it as much as the racing.
The meeting was expanded to include more races over time and in 1813 public access was guaranteed whilst the land remained in the possession of the Crown.
By the turn of the 19th century, Royal Ascot had become the most popular and prestigious flat racing meeting in Britain.
Look out for photos from our visit to Ascot this year on our social media channels!
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