Monday, 20 March 2017

Conversations With Candidates

While I was telephone interviewing a candidate about a role (and after we neared the end of the conversation) he said he interviewed there 2 months ago and didn't hear anything for 5 - 6 weeks from either the recruiter or the company and then when he finally chased the recruiter up they told him all the jobs had been filled.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Be Thankful

Received an inspirational email this morning from a candidate that had been forced to start his career again at the bottom due to suffering a stroke #MakesYouThink

Saturday, 30 July 2016

Conversations With Candidates

Just had to call one of my candidates to let them know they were unsuccessful for a role they'd been interviewing for.

I say "just had to call" this is a post I wrote immediately after it happened and then scheduled to appear at least 4 months into the future so this happened a while back.

Calling candidates to let them know they've been unsuccessful for their interview isn't something new to me but on this occasion it was particularly disappointing as I felt the candidate was a really good match for the job in question.

He was/is a Lean Manufacturing expert and the contract we had him in line for a key contract for the company and a flagship project.

The hiring manager had interviewed and also had the benefit of his colleagues in the interview to give their opinion but at the end of the day it came down to my clients gut instinct and there was something that made him conclude it wasn’t an ideal match.

Back to square one.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Conversations with Candidates - When companies go out to multiple agencies AND advertise themeselves

Speaking to a candidate about how annoying it is when a company gives a job out to half a dozen agencies AND advertises it themselves. "When I see job adverts for the same job I find it very frustrating. It looks initially like there's 6 opportunities which then turn into 1 job. If you as an agency have 10 applicants and another agency has 10 applications, then it can be a bit discouraging. If a company want to use an agency, then that's fine but perhaps they should stick to 1 or 2 rather than 6. I always worry that if I see a company advertising directly will i stand a better chance of getting the job applying directly or is it better to go through the agency? Is the agency I’ve chosen a better agency that the other one? Have I made the right choice?"

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Ex RAF Engineer Starting a New Job in Rail

Just spoke to one of my RAF Candidates that has confirmed now he's received a job offer he's been released and is able to start a new #Job in #Rail with our client in April. He'll be using his military experience of getting to different places with all the kit needed to do the job effectively often at short notice to carry out repairs on Trains in the Field.

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Email from a Candidate

Not surprised but disappointing to hear 80s Recruitment is still alive and well. This is an extract from an email sent to me by a candidate when requesting references. "Should this get further than interview then will happily provide references. Sadly, I find that agents abuse this and pester those. I need these to be on my side so get annoyed when I hear that they have been approached even though I haven't heard from the agent and he promised wouldn't unless had interview. This has happened too many times now."

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Conversations with Candidates

I once had a conversation with a Quality Manager and asked his reason for wanting to leave his current role. He said his company IS iso9001 certified but not working to the standard. Said he wasn't getting any support from his management as they were more worried about the bottom line, and that's what was driving him to look elsewhere. I felt the right environment for him would be a more professional organisation that was serious about quality and a management structure that would support him. What do you think?

Monday, 17 August 2015

Conversations with Candidates

I asked a candidate that I hadn't spoken to before for an up to date CV. He emailed me back to ask me if "I thought I had anything that may be of interest to him". It's hard to say without knowing what he'd be doing recently, rate expectations, to know if he was looking for contract or a permanent role, geographical location he was looking for roles in (some people want jobs commutable from home, some want to relocate or work overseas). While a lot of candidates just want to know what jobs I have, I need a bit more information before I can do my best to help.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Conversations with Candidates

After emailing a candidate to advise them the role had gone I received this response. "Hi Sean, Thank you for getting back to me so quickly and for the quick response to the job opening. It is no problem and I really appreciate all the information you gave me. Have a good day, Kind Regards," The email I sent to him was a simple reply (took less than a minute) but candidates really do appreciate it. I'm not a religious person but "Do Unto Others" is a good Mantra in Recruitment.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Conversations with Clients

I always try to ask my client how many CVs they have for a role - If they have 20 and I send 2 then I have a 1 in 10 (10%) chance of a successful placement