Things have changed a lot since the 1960’s. Suits are less dapper, according to Mad Men and it’s no longer okay to slap coworkers on the bottom, which happened according to Mad Men. Look my entire knowledge of the 60’s revolves around Mad Men. It’s also no longer cool to swig a cheeky 15 year old scotch at 10am. Shame.

While I don’t condone alcoholism, I do take issue with the stark boringness of today’s hiring processes. It’s like a stupid dance where people wear their best clothes, brush their teeth at 11am and tell half truths about previous jobs and, by the way, that two week trip to Hawaii does not make you a ‘travel junkie.’

The reason for this dance is that we behave differently around strangers. In order to get a feel for who people really are and how they act, I always take potential hires out for a drink. Not anywhere impressive, just a local bar for a beer or two. Or wine. But no cocktails with umbrellas in them.

It’s amazing what people will say when the situation is a bit more relaxed, they’ll open up about family (once you have the decency to do so first) and talk about what they really want from their career and how this job will help them get there. I prefer if someone explains why my role is a stepping stone to something greater rather than the liar who says he wants to spend the next 10 years hanging out with me. Nobody wants that, even my wife takes off overseas for ‘work’ every now and then.

You also get the comments that set off alarm bells. I pay close attention to gestures – a roll of the eyes when talking about a former boss or an uncomfortable shrug when asked about a specific company. From my experience, a relaxed bar chat brings these things to the fore.

Most importantly, you get to know the person a bit more and to break bread with them, which according to Mad Men, used to happen all the time and I think we should do it more often. You know, like humans.