Recruitment: A backstage pass

From WAA Chosen,

When applying for a new role, in an attempt to pre-empt what the recruitment process will involve, most of us take the time to do a little research. (Don’t worry, long and wearisome application forms aren’t our style.) As we’re an agency with an up-front personality, we’ve decided to let you in on exactly what you can expect from our recruitment process. Just think of it as a backstage pass.

First under the lens… job descriptions. Rather than putting together an uninspiring bullet-pointed list, we make sure our job descriptions have a genuine standout quality. We give them a lot of thought before you see them, ensuring that they’re detailed, realistic and clearly demonstrate our vibrant personality. Then we highlight the sort of killer projects you’ll typically be involved with if you join our team.

So, you’ve read the job description, determined that it’s a winner and, as a result, sent us your CV. Will you get a response? Yes, of course! Every CV we receive is read and responded too. That being said, here are a few tips to ensure your CV is the one that knocks our socks off.

As a marketing agency, researching our clients is vital – so we’ll be impressed if you show the same initiative. Use your covering letter to demonstrate exactly what you already know (and like) about us. It might be a quirky campaign we’ve created, or perhaps our unique approach to business creativity.

Make the most of your opening bio to grab our attention with a project/case-study you’re proud of and the results it’s achieved.

Be bold and highlight exactly why you’re the ideal candidate for the job. Tell us straight out how your skills will complement our team.

If we’d like to find out more about you, we’ll invite you to visit our offices for an interview – an informal chat, talking through your CV and your most recent experience. We tailor our questions to the role we’re recruiting for and highlight the next steps towards the end of the meeting. Applying for a job is a two-way street, so you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions, and we’ll be honest in our responses. So line up your questions and fire away.

Now you’ll no doubt be wondering what happens after the interview. I’d like to illustrate my point by saying there’s one thing we definitely won’t be guilty of. A friend of mine recently went for a job interview with a very well-known organisation (I won’t name and shame them). Although all went well, she was left guessing about the success of her application. No word. Not a dicky bird. Whilst I can’t predict that we’ll get on like a house on fire, I can guarantee that we appreciate your time enough to feedback to you following a meeting with us.

Even if you aren’t successful on this occasion, we want you to feel confident about applying for another role with us in the future. Plus, we’d like to think that you’ll tell everyone that our recruitment process is fair (and that we aren’t too terrifying).

As I don’t want to give away too much, this is where the backstage pass ends. Ideally, it’ll be a mutual match and we’ll invite you back for a second stage interview (a short presentation/task is a likely contender). Rest assured we’ll keep you in the loop at each and every stage of the process. So now, all you have to do is jazz up your CV and get in touch via