Reaching for the stars

In Tulkinghorn's day, the only interview process needed was a quick chat about how many of the partners' sons would need an office in the future. Now, however, with many firms strangely insisting on taking on lawyers who are not related to the partnership, recruiters are using ever-more-sophisticated methods of selection – psychometric testing, whole days of building towers and making rafts while graphologists analyse their handwriting.
Peter Rouse, a founding partner of international intellectual property firm Rouse & Co, departed the firm a couple of years ago and is now looking to set up his own firm, to be named Team. He has taken the procedure one step further. He will ask every applicant for their time and place of birth so as to draw up their astrological charts and work out their horoscopes. Rouse believes, after having his own chart drawn up, that it is a highly accurate indicator of personality.
The charts will be done by an accountant he knows, who is an astrologer on the side, and Rouse says that the two applicants he has asked so far have been very keen to provide the necessary details. Tulkinghorn is highly sceptical, believing horoscopes to be mumbo jumbo, and would like to suggest that Rouse tries reading their tea leaves instead. Now that is scientific.