adidas Golf Ultimate Interview
By Kickntrue on 5/5/10
I don't know why I keep telling you guys about contests I want to win. I really should keep my chances as good as possible and keep them to myself.

Sometimes I think my only weakness is being too nice. It's ridiculous how nice I am- even to people I don't know. One time, I was helping this old lady across the street when a child ran out in front of traffic. I dove in front of a car and in one swoop was able to toss the girl (gently) back to the curb while taking the blow of the car. I was in the hospital for weeks, but while I was there I would counsel the nurses and other patients. I even stopped a doctor from giving a patient the wrong medicine. Obviously, none of the above is true, but I think you get my point. I'm pretty swell (in case you didn't get it).
Beginning June 27, adidas Golf will launch its “Wear in the World” ultimate interview process, in which it will send two applicants to nine countries on three continents over 50 days to compete in a series of business related challenges with the winner ultimately being hired to work in the TaylorMade adidas Golf headquarters in Carlsbad, CA.

The finalists will be tasked with creating compelling content through Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media channels highlighting their adventures and building loyal followers during their trip. In addition to golf outings with adidas Golf’s PGA, European and Asian Tour Professionals, the finalists will also sightsee and experience the various cultures. The entire trip will be chronicled at

The finalists will be chosen on June 4 and will be flown to TaylorMade-adidas Golf’s headquarters in Carlsbad where they will be trained and fit for TaylorMade and adidas Golf equipment, apparel and footwear. The journey begins June 27 at the adidas Group headquarters in Herzogenaurach, Germany and culminates in Bandon, Oregon on August 10 where one candidate will be chosen as the winner.

Locations include:

June 27 – Germany
July 5 – Norway
July 10 – Scotland
July 16 – Dubai, UAE
July 21 Chiang Mai, Thailand
July 26 – South Korea
July 31 – Tokyo and Shizuoka Japan
August 5 – Canada
August 10 – Bandon Dunes, OR
I hope there is some twist at the end where they hire both schmucks. Imagine quitting your job (or going unpaid if you have a great boss) and taking 50 days to do PR and advertising for a company- all to get to the end and lose. They also don't say what the winner's salary will be once they do win. Imagine getting done- and having adidas offer you $30k. Since I'm not going to win- I think it'd be hilarious- but for the guy or gal winning I bet it'd suck.

This is actually a pretty cool idea. Amazing Race meets The Apprentice. Based on what it looks like the contestants will actually being doing, let me help you with the outcome. The hot girl is going to win. You tell me which YouTube video is going to get more follows- At the end of the night in my hotel, me posting a breakdown of an Asian Tour event, or a hot chick in a cami and cotton shorts giving you a similar breakdown? Game Over. For any oobers out there who think this sounds amazing... convince your wife to do it. She get's the great experience but you can live vicariously through her AND still take advantage of the companies discount program once she's hired. It's kind of the best of both worlds. Plus- once you actually start working, even at TaylorMade/adidas you'll realize a job is a job. If you're wife has that job though- you'll brag about her to everyone and be the envy of all your buddies.

Ignore my advice if you'd like-- but that's how you're going to win.

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[ comments ]
tcjonny says:
I live only a few miles of TaylorMade's HQ. I have a good friend that works for them and knew a couple people that tried to get hired on in their marketing design division there. TaylorMade is kinda wonky about their hiring practices. They didn't care if you had a degree in your field, but they wanted tons of international experience. They also have a weird intern program that is similar to this contest, without the cool parts about playing golf with pros, and instead of 50 days its like 3 years, and they pretty much exclusively make full-time hires out of that program.
mmontisano says:
i'll give it a whirl. i'm going to upload a resume tonight. hopefully my internet/design background will help get me hired!
Kickntrue says:
if you read the small print of the contest- it actually doesn't guarantee hire. would love to know how the "back-end" of things eventually play out. hopefully someone from oob can let us know!
mmontisano says:
@Kickntrue - that sad little plug was aimed at you too. hit me up when you want a redesign!
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