Microsoft's Kinect bacon recruitment plans shut down

Microsoft is trying to bring in new team members to join in its Kinect development team. Earlier this week, The Seattle Times reported that Microsoft tried an unusual recruitment technique. It hired a bacon cart to be placed near Amazon.com's headquarters in Seattle, Washington on Monday. The idea was that people walking by would try out the meat and also get information about the Kinect hiring efforts. It even had a tag line: "Wake Up and Smell The Future."

While these efforts might have attracted a lot of attention, it apparently didn't sit well with the owner of the bacon cart itself. In a follow up story on the Seattle Times web site, Dante Rivera, owner of Dante's Inferno Dogs, decided to not participate in Microsoft's campaign any more after Monday.

Why? Rivera thought that the promotion was for the Kinect motion sensor camera itself, not for a recruitment drive to hire people to the Kinect team from Amazon.com. As he explains, he has done events in the past for both Microsoft and Amazon.com. He states, "I just thought it would be a conflict of interest. I sell hot dogs. That's what I do. So I thought it was best to keep everybody happy. ... I'm in business to make friends." There's no word if Microsoft will attempt to continue its bacon-filled hiring drive for Kinect.

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Hey Phil how did you join the kinect team?

Well John I just ate some Bacon and thought wtf am I doing wth my life... sign me up!

Considering the number of unemployed people in the US, I can only imagine that there are at least a couple 100 unemployed people with the tech skills microsoft needs for the Kinest project. It just seems in poor taste to attempt to steal employees from another company in such a manner considering that an actual RECRTUITMENT DRIVE on their websight would probably be more effective.

Hopefully whoever came up with the ridiculous idea is having a chat with the HR department on bad publicity and poor planning.

Xionanx said,
Considering the number of unemployed people in the US, I can only imagine that there are at least a couple 100 unemployed people with the tech skills microsoft needs for the Kinest project. It just seems in poor taste to attempt to steal employees from another company in such a manner considering that an actual RECRTUITMENT DRIVE on their websight would probably be more effective.

Hopefully whoever came up with the ridiculous idea is having a chat with the HR department on bad publicity and poor planning.

Maybe, but I don't know too many indispensable people who are unemployed. Most of the unemployed people I know were kind of lazy to begin with. Not saying all unemployed people are lazy, but a lot of them are jobless now for a reason.