‘World’s Toughest Job’ Applicants Pranked With Heartfelt Reveal


We’ve seen our fair share of job interview spoofs and we’ve seen our fair share of salutes of the moms of the world. And as Mother’s Day approaches May 11, we can expect to see a lot more. But we don’t recall ever seeing a mashup of the job interview spoof and pro-mom campaigns.

Well, now we have.

Mullen Boston crafted a campaign entitled World’s Toughest Job for American Greetings’ CardStore that launched with a fake job listing which included a list of stringent requirements:

  • Constant exertion
  • Continuous standing
  • Work 135 hours per week
  • No breaks
  • No vacations
  • Increased workload on holidays
  • Excellent negotiation and interpersonal skills
  • Degree in medicine, finance and culinary arts

The job listing — for Director of Operations — was promoted with paid advertising and received over 2.7 million impressions. Just 24 people applied for the job and were interviewed via webcam. The applicants reactions are priceless. Especially when all is revealed at the end.

The aha moments each of the applicants experience do wonders in reminding the rest of us that the job of motherhood (and it still is mostly a mother’s gig even though fathers pitch in more and more) is truly challenging.

After the emotional reveal, viewers are told, “This Mother’s Day, you might want to make her a card.” Brilliant really.

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  • http://rizzn.com Mark ‘Rizzn’ Hopkins

    Seems a bit staged. Never seen a Skype connection with that good quality video.

  • http://www.spillerena.com/ Serena
  • http://www.22by4.com/ Sundeep Reddy

    Doesn’t matter whether it was staged or not… It’s the truth…

  • http://www.adrants.com Steve Hall

    Well of course it’s staged. All types of these marketing pranks are staged in various ways. It doesn’t mean the actual applicants were in on the stunt. And the message is still an important one. And this was a great way to deliver it

  • Sachi Mohanty

    Viral video marketing campaign success No. 3.

    No. 1 was the “20 strangers kissing” video and No. 2 was the Game of Thrones and House of Cards mash up.


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