17 May 2016
Have you ever had that feeling that transports you back to the first day of high school? When you don’t really know anyone, you’re not sure where you’re meant to be and you’re a bit nervous about everything?
It’s a funny feeling and one that doesn’t happen often but I like it when it does. There’s something exciting and inspiring about being so far out of your comfort zone.
I saw many faces who were clearly feeling this way as I walked around the office today. We held a recruitment day at the office today, and there were so many graduates from the local universities that we’ve worked with.
If you think about it, it must be a big culture shock. Going from feeling like you’re on top of the world, achieving great results academically and being within the safe confines of your student life, to embarking upon a career. Moving into a business you may not know much about and facing a day with strangers who will help to decide your next step.
What is really fascinating to see is that, an hour or so later, these applicants have settled in. They begin to show their true colours, settle down and be themselves. That’s one of the reasons why we hold these recruitment days – rather than just interviews.
How can you judge if someone is a great fit for your business from a half an hour chat?
Our recruitment process, as you may have heard, is quite rigorous. We include aptitude and psychometric tests, group activities and one-on-one chats. The process gives us the opportunity to really get to know people and it’s one of my favourite things to do as a businessman.
It’s something that we’ll be seeing more of over the coming months as we look to recruit 100 more people. It’s a big ask but I know our Dreams Team are up to the job.
I am fascinated to hear how other businesses handle recruitment. How do you find new people to join your team?