4 team-building events perfect for recruitment

8th of May, 2018

Are you HR manager, a recruiter or involved in the world of HR in one way or another? Listen up! Event Masters would like to tell you about a new method of recruiting.

You’re probably aware that most organisations recruit through online platforms, job fairs and interviews. They are all excellent instruments. But what do you think about using a team-building exercise to recruit? ‘Team building? But isn’t that used for strengthening the bond between colleagues?’ We suspect this is what you’re thinking … And you’re right. But a lot of people don’t realise that team-building exercises can be used to achieve a huge variety of different outcomes. It all depends on your goals. If you’re interested in offering your candidates a casual and enjoyable recruitment experience, team building has it all. As a recruiter, you’ll see how candidates approach challenges and know whether they’re suitable for the function at hand.

Convinced? Try using one of our four team-building exercises to see your candidates put their skills into effect in a natural, unforced and enjoyable manner.

  1. Beat the Box – Can your candidates beat the clock?

Beat the Box is a mobile escape room. In 90 minutes, teams (or individual candidates) need to crack a series of codes. The only help available to them is inside a locked metal box. When the first lock has been cracked, there are still a score of other challenges, puzzles and codes that your candidates need to solve. Only with teamwork and personal skills will they succeed in finally beating the box!

Which competences, skills and personality traits will you put to the test?

  • Team spirit;
  • Trust;
  • Leadership qualities;
  • Maths skills;
  • Communication skills;
  • Problem-solving;
  • Working under (time) pressure;
  • Logical thinking and insight.


  1. Le Château– Can your candidates solve the mystery?

Another great way to test your candidates? The murder-mystery evenings that Event Masters organises. Le Château is one of these successful arrangements. Your candidates are invited to an exclusive dinner with a noble earl, count or countess. When they arrive at the castle, a confused butler opens the door. There appears to be a misunderstanding. The count was not expecting any guests this evening ... Luckily, the invitees are allowed in. What they don’t know is that during the dinner, they will become entangled in a chilling murder mystery full of intrigue and betrayal.

Use this concept to recruit young potentials and students. Give them a tour of your company during the day before dining together with you and the other recruiters in the evening. It’s ideal for seeing how they respond to unexpected situations. Who takes initiative? Who stays calm? Who panics? And most importantly, who succeeds in putting all the pieces of the puzzle together to unmask the murderer?

Benefits: As a recruiter, you’ll be at the table with your candidates. You’ll get to know them better in this relaxed situation, and you’ll have front-row seats when they put their skills into action.

What skills can you test?

  • Dealing with unexpected changes;
  • Leadership skills;
  • Problem-solving;
  • Empathy;
  • Reaction in stressful situations.


  1. Building bridges – Can your candidates create, while connecting?

Building Bridges is a challenging team-building exercise where teams each build a section of a bridge. They are given a building plan, but not the one for the section they have to build. Each team is both client and supplier and needs to brief the team supplying them. The bridge that’s eventually built needs to follow the overall plan, but also has to be designed with creativity. It’s important for the success of this team-building exercise that the communication, both internal and external, runs flawlessly.

Which skills can you test?

  • Time management;
  • Dealing with unexpected changes;
  • Working together;
  • Leadership;
  • Creativity;
  • Problem-solving;
  • Technical skills;
  • Setting goals and focusing on those goals;
  • Communication skills.


  1. Global innovation game – Are your candidates innovators?

Global Innovation Game is an activity that encourages creativity and innovation. Your candidates sit around a table. Using data sheets and communication, they try to come up with innovative ideas – without the help of any modern technology. In the first phase, the individual participants need to think of an idea to pitch to the other members of their team. Afterwards, as a team, they collectively choose the best idea. The candidate then pitches that to the other teams. The idea that eventually wins is the idea in which most money in invested.

Which skills can you test?

  • Creativity;
  • Innovation;
  • Time management;
  • Listening and communication skills;
  • Pitching skills – How to present an idea to someone;
  • Discussion skills.

Would you like to know more about how you can implement these concepts in your recruitment processes? Contact us on or call +32 (0) 38 60 60 80.


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