Brisbane Retailers Create A Unique Recruiting Experience

In response to the staffing difficulties that many retailers across the country are currently facing, a group of Brisbane retailers banded together to offer a unique recruiting experience.

The ‘Speed Interviewing’ event, held on Wednesday 20th July at Brookside Shopping Centre, was a job matching fair using short, 3-5 minute mini-interviews to determine job suitability – think speed dating but with future employees not partners!

The Brookside Speed Interviewing secured 12 retailers and attracted over 100 candidates, with registrations closing off before the event.  

Brookside Marketing Manager Christian Polglase explained the event came about because a number of the Centre’s cafes were struggling to stay open all day because of a lack of staff, and due to the success the centre will look to hold another one.

‘We came up with the speed interviewing idea as a novel way of appealing to potential candidates as a number of our cafes’ owners were reporting that they are struggling to attract staff.

‘The event was an overwhelming success as judged by all the positive feedback we have received from both retailers and candidates. So much so, that we are looking to hold the event again in the lead up to Christmas.

‘A lot of the jobseekers said they found it really helpful that they could go to the one place, speak to half a dozen retailers about half a dozen roles, all in 30 minutes. It’s such a different concept to the standard interview process,’ Mr Polglase said.

Job-hunter Bryson Chapman said it was a great way to apply for a job.

‘It’s kind of like speed dating, but fun. It’s a good idea when you are looking for a job. I’ve met heaps of people, problem solved.’

Candidate registration is compulsory via the Brookside website and jobseekers are encouraged to keep an eye for the next registration at

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