We’re not quite sure how any recruitment professional worth their salt can get through work without knowing which fictional recruiter they are. How can you pick up the phone, screen candidates and work your way through a mountain of CVs without knowing whether you’re Morpheus or the Hogwarts Sorting Hat? 

Don’t worry: the solution is right here. We’ve created a list of fictional characters that seem to pop up continuously in the recruitment industry. Take a look and finally find the answer to that age-old question: are you the Don Vito Corleone of recruitment or are you more of a Gandalf?

The Sorting Hat

Sorting Hat recruiters, just like the legendary Hogwarts tool, dig deep with candidates and find out where their individual skills and traits really belong. The Sorting Hat recruiter is a listener, not a talker, and they have strong intuition when it comes to placing candidates. They might be a little unorthodox, but their strategy of getting to the candidate’s core and finding out what really makes them tick wins the right results time after time.


Ahh, the Gandalf recruiter. This powerful recruitment wizard sure does know how to pick ‘em! Gandalf recruiters are deep wells of wisdom, brimming with authority and influence. When the Gandalf recruiter comes knocking at your door, you don’t say no. With a shrewd eye for selecting promising talent, Gandalf spins such powerful words that he persuades candidates to up and leave and follow him on journeys into the unknown.

Dorothy Gale

For the Dorothy Gale recruiter, more important than what a candidate currently lacks is their attitude and potential. Dorothy only recruits those who can acknowledge their flaws and go about resolving them. Culture is everything to Dorothy recruiters. They take people on board who have a vision of what they want to achieve and put themselves on the right path to achieve it. More importantly, the Dorothy Gale recruiter dreams in colour and aligns their personal goals with the goals of the people around them.

The Pied Piper

You’d think they’d no longer exist in this enlightened day and age, but there are still a handful of Pied Piper recruiters lurking around in murky corners and giving the industry a bad name. The Pied Piper recruiter leads people a merry dance, luring them away with pretty-sounding words and flair. Pied Piper recruiters don’t care about what’s right for the candidate or where they’d be best off – they only care about making money and the sound of their own spiel. Watch out – Pied Piper recruiters will steal candidates and place them carelessly!

Don Vito Corleone

Surely you can guess what the Don Vito Corleone recruiter is famed for? Drumroll please…they make candidates offers they can’t refuse! These recruiters are sharp, smart and always one step ahead. The Don Vito Corleone recruiter is a master at what they do, even if they come across as a little formidable. They’re not afraid to take action and always seem to know precisely which path to take. To be a Done Vito Corleone, you’ve got to be a smoking gun able to powerfully lead and influence your candidates.

Katniss Everdeen

The Katniss Everdeens of recruitment are industry leaders. If you’re a Katniss, you know how to form strategic alliances that really work. You’re extremely self-aware aware and use your skillset to your advantage. Candidates and clients alike want to work with you because of your mix of realness and tenacity. Just as in the fictional world of Panem, recruitment is fast-paced and it’s the people like Katniss who trust their gut and move quickly who succeed.


The Morpheus recruiter…these guys are cool, calm and collected. With a clear strategy in mind and a solution always at hand, Morpheus recruiters truly thrive in what they do. They’re as assured in themselves as they are in the candidates they hand-pick. The Morpheus recruiters amongst us show candidates the full reality of offers outside their current position, opening their eyes to precisely what’s out there and showing how “deep the rabbit-hole” really is. If you can convince candidates to take the red pill, you might just be a Morpheus.

Ursula the Sea Witch

We’ve saved perhaps the worst for last. Ever met the type of recruiters who lie and cheat their way into making placements? Who convince candidates to accept offers that aren’t actually beneficial for their own self-gains? Then you’ve met an Ursula the Sea Witch recruiter. These recruitment villains pretend to be on the candidate’s side when they’re only thinking about their own greedy needs. Unless you’ve got a magical trident to kick them out of the industry, avoid Ursulas at all costs!

So, which fictional recruiter are you? Happy choosing!

P.S. (We’re Katniss Everdeens, since we know you’re burning to ask…)

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Comment by Natalie Morgan on January 15, 2015 at 12:23pm

This is great! Thanks for writing this completely essential post.  I actually wrote a post about Gandalf as a recruiter (it expands on your same idea): http://www.careerplug.com/candidate-hiring-lessons-hobbit/

Thanks again, 

Comment by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 15, 2015 at 12:32pm

Glad you liked Natalie! Your article is a fab read, great minds must think alike ;)

Comment by Katrina Kibben on January 16, 2015 at 10:53am

The mental image of an "Ursula the Sea Witch" recruiter seriously cracks me up. I may be picturing someone that looks a little like this very rough costume. 

Comment by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 16, 2015 at 12:00pm

Haha I love this Katrina!

Comment by Noel Cocca on January 16, 2015 at 12:54pm

Nice job Roxanne!  Been sitting here naming each other has been good laughs!

Comment by Roxanne Abercrombie on January 16, 2015 at 1:00pm

Thanks Noel, happy to have added a little fun to your Friday afternoon :)


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