Our Candidate Journey
Candidates are our pathway so we assist and guide them at every opportunity to make sure they are prepared at every turn. We have a guide to assist and advise how we work with candidates through all aspects of the recruitment process.
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When you apply for a position with us, the consultant who is looking after that particular role will initially spend time with you, to understand what you are looking for in your next role (and wider career). Your consultant will be a specialist in your sector and will be able to talk you though a range of opportunities in addition to the one you have specifically applied for. We will be keen to understand what types of organisations you feel fit with you, from corporate companies of a certain size to smaller organisations. The fit is vital for both you and the hiring company.
Salary & Remuneration Benchmarking
You will currently be earning a certain salary and remuneration package, and whilst money is important, for many job seekers there is a potential willingness to sacrifice salary to work for the company of their dreams or one that offers opportunities that are more important than salary. We will advise you what your value is in the market place and be honest with you about this (you might have been employed by the same company for a long time, enjoying year on year salary increases, your perception of what a similar role in the current market pays, might be different from the reality). Typically salary is in the top three reasons that people consider when changing jobs, but often it’s not the number one driver.
CV Content & Writing
Writing a CV is about technique and knowing how to draw out the relevant aspects of your experience and achievements to best align to the role you are applying for. Writing a CV is as much about technique as it is about content and there are several incorrect preconceptions out there in what a CV should look like, the length of it and how it should be structured. We provide support and best practice guidance on how your CV should be in terms of style as well as the content you should include to best showcase yourself to a future employer. For candidates who we represent for roles with our client, our services includes a full re-write, content analysis and formatting of your CV. For additional CV support, please visit our resource centre.
We listen to what you have to say
The first step is to really understand you and what you’re looking for. As well as understanding your skills and experience, in order to find the right opportunity and employer for you, it’s vital we also understand how you work, what you’re values are and what you want to achieve from your next career move.
Having gained a real understanding of what’s important to you, we then look for suitable job opportunities across our client network. We will then discuss any suitable opportunities with you in full detail so that you can make an informed decision as to whether the opportunities we’ve identified are right for you.
When everyone is happy we’ve found a great match, we will give you all of the information you need to fully research our clients business. We will provide you with a detailed job description, remuneration and benefits information, details of our clients organisational values as well as information on future career development opportunities.
Our clients trust our judgement and when we submit your CV to a client we speak directly to key decision makers to ensure they are fully aware of why we feel you’d be a great fit for their company and vice versa. The relationships and trust we build with our clients helps to ensure that the recruitment process moves forward at the right pace and that you have a positive candidate experience along the way.
Structured interviews are a key part of any company interview process and are often conducted in a formal environment. A structured or competency interview is simply you providing an example from your experience to the situational question asked. There are some really good tips and techniques to structuring your answers to a competency question. Whilst structured interviews don’t tell a company about your values and behaviours, it does provide the company with evidence of your ability to do the job. Values and behaviour alignment, or “fit” with the company is usually ascertained during a less formal interview.
Preparing for an interview can be tough, especially when you really want the job and the competition is fierce. We understand how important interview preparation is to ensure that you’re able to stand out in the crowd of other candidates. You’ve done the hard bit by securing an interview, now you need to focus on the actual interview and the preparation that goes with it. Your consultant will give you the tools and techniques to showcase your skills and experience during an interview. As we work closely with our clients we will know what the format of the interview will be (informal chat, formal competency interview, presentation of a business plan etc) and you will be supported accordingly. During an interview, the deciding factor can be how well you gel with the Hiring Manager. This is why we build close relationships with our clients, so we’re knowledgeable about the style and personality of the Hiring Manager, what they are looking for in terms of evidence during an interview and what the important “fit” looks like to them. Success at interview is not guaranteed and the current accepted stats across our industry sectors are that for every 4 1st interviews, 1 person will be invited back for a 2nd interview. Preparation is key to being successful at interview and your consultant will work with you to give you the best chance of success, but ultimately it’s down to you to do the required amount of advance preparation.
Process Support & Evaluation
Our job isn’t just to put you forward for suitable positions. We pride ourselves on adding value to you throughout the recruitment process. We use our recruitment expertise to ensure you receive great levels of support, advice and coaching at all stages of the recruitment process. We utilise our experience of different interview formats through to assessment days and work trials to ensure you’re fully prepared to deliver a great interview performance. Through working in partnership with our clients, we’re able to give you all the information you need to successfully prepare for each stage of the interview process. We believe in a true partnership approach backed up with regular and clear communication which in turn enables us to provide a level of support that goes far beyond the norm. We work with you to achieve the shared goal of a successful process and we will challenge you if we think you aren’t displaying the commitment or preparation required to be successful. At each stage of the interview process we will evaluate and analyse the interview feedback with you which shapes the preparation and coaching we do for the remainder of the process.
When your hard work has paid off and our client wants to offer you a position in their company, our work doesn’t end here. We’re on hand to make sure you have all the information you need to make the transition into your new role. We will support you through the resignation process and continue to keep regular communication with you right through to your start date and beyond.
Job Offer & Resignation Support
So... you’ve got a new job offer, you’ve decided to leave your current company and you’re ready to hand in your resignation. You wouldn’t be alone in feeling a sense of trepidation or confusion about the best way to resign. Quite often people who are about to resign are concerned about their Line Manager’s reaction - are they going to take it personally or will they march you off the premises? Will they give you a counter offer or a rousing speech designed to talk you into staying? Fear not... help is at hand and your consultant will work with you to ensure you leave your role effectively and on the best possible terms.