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The dark side of recruitment

Myself (Chrissie) and Hayley (My amazing recruitment consultant) ran a workshop last month for Caroline Cowards Business Network meeting. At the work shop not only did we cover how to make sure you interview properly so that you can get the best out of your candidates so as to make the best choice for your business, but we also covered 5 of the tricks that recruitment agency's pull.

Its amazing after 12 years in the recruitment industry how I still hear the stories such as:

"I gave them a job spec and they sent about 10 CV's . None of them were suitable"

"I never even met anyone from the agency"

"Last time I used an agency they were really pushy when I didn't want to take the candidate on"

There are reasons for this but not good reasons. How can you trust anyone to find a person for your valuable business if they cant even be bothered to come and see you and learn about your company and your business needs?

Its about time agencies stopped treat you, your business and candidates like a business transaction and understood that they are dealing with people... you know things that have lives and live and breath and have feelings?

I have so much to say on this subject............

Some of the comments from the work shop were.......

"Having used a Recruitment Agency as the candidate Chrissie was spot on with the way they treat you and I really wished there’d been a Chrissie Metcalfe Recruitment around when I was looking for employment.

The service and support that Chrissie gives is second to none – she is passionate and intelligent on what is required and how to really get that perfect match between candidate and company. When I am in a position to recruit I know where I will be going. Great
lessons on what an Agency should be doing for their clients.

Michelle Poole

Director Virtual Hand

“I found the Chrissie Metcalfe Recruitment Workshop on the secrets to recruiting
both informative and entertaining. Chrissie and Hayley performed a series of
amusing how not to and how best to interview role plays- this really highlighted their attention to detail when screening clients. Obviously Hayley hammed it up, but the fundamental principles of smart appearance, manners and knowledge of the role were still there for all to see. This reinforced my view that Chrissie and Hayley provide a thorough and professional service to their clients in the very first instance by being as hard to if not harder to impress
than the client themselves.

Chrissie then went on to give some fascinating insights into malpractices and tricks
that other recruitment companies can be guilty of and how to watch out for them.

All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable workshop, thanks Chrissie, you’re a STAR! (Situation, Task, Action, Result)”.

Conor Simpson


"Chrissie clearly has a grasp of what the necessary qualities and skills are required to
make the use of a recruitment agency a benefit for a business. Her top tips
were clear, concise and would restore faith in businesses who have maybe had a
bad experience with agencies before.

Having worked in recruitment sales for 10 years I can certainly say, based on her seminar content, that your business and recruitment needs would be in safe, honest hands if you choose to use Chrissie Metcalfe recruitment in the future."

Nick Hill

Director Mr Presenter

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