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Dan has documented his working week as a Senior Recruitment Consultant in the Bridgewater Graduates division. Here’s what he got up to:
Mondays always kick-off with a Bridgewater Graduates team meeting. This is when I check in with the rest of the team and we discuss where we are at with our vacancies and what our strategy is for this week. It’s a good start to the day and I always leave feeling motivated and ready to get my plan of action rolling.
Next, I review the applications that we have received over the weekend and make a decision about which locations I will be holding interviews in this week. Watford and Southampton are looking like good options.
Then it’s time to get on the phone and speak to the people who have submitted the best applications. I really enjoy speaking with new people, finding out their ambitions and spotting potential. I’ll be inviting the best candidates to meet with me later on in the week.
I’m off to a careers fair at the University of Leeds today and will be speaking with soon-to-be graduates about some of the fantastic opportunities we have on offer with our clients. I’m joined by two members of our Bridgewater Graduates team, Darcey and Jenny, and a client representative, Cameron, who we actually placed as a graduate two years ago. It’s great to hear about how far Cameron has progressed and how much he enjoys his role.
I really enjoy speaking to so many students with lots of potential and it’s great to be able to give them some advice on what careers would suit their personality (we ask them to complete a short personality test) and how we can help them secure a graduate role.
Afterwards, I have the chance to call up a candidate who has a client interview tomorrow to find out how they’re preparing. It sounds like they’ve done lots of research and are looking forward to meeting the client, so all that’s left for me to do is to wish them good luck!
I’m out of the office again and on my way to Watford as I’ve arranged to meet some strong candidates for roles based around Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. I like travelling to different locations and have recently been given a company car so now I travel in comfort and style!
Face-to-face interviews are one of my favourite parts of the job. At this stage I do the ‘big reveal’ where I tell candidates all about who the client is and what their business does. It’s great to see people getting excited about the opportunities.
I also have the chance to catch up with the candidate who had an interview with a client yesterday. They think everything went well and had a chance to meet some of the team who they thought were great. Now, I’ll have to wait to hear what the client thought of them and see if we’re looking at a job offer!
I’m back in the office today and, after the interviews yesterday, have some great candidates to put forward to clients for a number of roles. I’m running a best practices meeting with the Graduates team this morning. This is where we discuss new ideas and methods we think have been working well for us.
Great news! My candidate who had the client interview is being offered the job. I give him a call about the good news and he accepts the role and thanks me for all my help. At this stage, I pass all the details over to my Executive Assistant Ria, who sends out confirmation emails with all of the details in writing.
In the afternoon, I attend a training session run by our Training and Development Manager Sophie. I enjoy being given the chance to develop and learn even after being here for a year. Today’s session is all about how to influence people and I’ll definitely be trying some of the tactics I’ve learned.
I’ve already had a response about the candidates I put forward yesterday and my clients let me know who they would like to complete online tests. I call the candidates to give them the good news and to help them prepare for the assessments. It’s great to hear how excited they are to move to the next stage.
A client has called with some new vacancies to work on. I arrange a client meeting for next week so that I can find out exactly what kind of people they are looking for. Client meetings are also a good chance for me to visit the business and get a real feel for what they do and who will be a good fit.
The sun’s out so the whole office is finishing up early and we’re heading out for drinks!
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