Recruitment Support

Looking for bespoke recruitment solutions that put your business needs first? Then you’ve come to the right place!

Hiring staff can be time-consuming and expensive leaving many managers and business owners stressed. But it need not be like that. We are here to take the headache away for you.

At the HR Dept, our focus is to meet your recruitment needs and find the right candidate for your role. For each vacancy, we actively search for fresh, enthusiastic individuals in order to compile a list of candidates that are the right fit and calibre for your organisation.

We know every business is different and we create individual solutions tailored to your needs. With this in mind, we are completely flexible in the way we approach recruitment.

Agile Recruitment Service

Our Agile Recruitment Service is the most flexible and cost-effective way to manage your recruitment needs. This service is particularly suitable for clients who do not have a large corporate budget to work with or are looking to hire for multiple similar roles cost effectively.

  • The key features of this service include:
  • Setting your own recruitment budget
  • No % fees based on salary
  • No charge per placement
  • Recruit for similar roles under the same budget
  • You pick and choose what support you would like from the HR Dept. It is all up to you!

This service was designed to be adaptable and to support client needs by allowing them to identify what stages of the recruitment they would like to undertake in-house and what stages they would like us to carry out. Clients will be presented with the following checklist to complete.

Design the Selection Process (How many stages and the structure)  
Creating job description  
Creating external job adverts  
Marketing the role via our Application Tracking System (ATS) system to source and attract suitable candidates and create a LinkedIn Recruitment Project to proactively engage with passive candidates  
Handle applications and initial responses, by other methods, to the advert  
Screening interviews (initial stage)  
Present initial shortlist of candidates to client  
Arrange interviews with the client and candidates  
Verbal and numerical testing (additional fees apply)  
Make the offer to successful candidates and if required negotiate with key candidates.  
Reject any unsuccessful applications  
Support with the on-boarding process such as Right to Work documentation requests & requesting references  

The HR Dept Recruitment team

Our recruitment team is headed by our dedicated recruitment specialist Geri Hardy .
Geri spends 100% of her time finding great candidates for our clients. That is why she has an amazing success rate in appointing candidates to roles.

Geri Hardy

Recruitment Specialist

Geri is our recruitment queen. She joined the HR Dept City of London Team in 2019 to set up the Recruitment Division of the business and has had considerable success with sourcing the right  people at the right time. Geri particularly enjoys partnering with Clients across London, building solid stakeholder relationships, and supporting them with their Recruitment Requirements.

Prior to joining the HR Dept, Geri was previously a Specialist (National) Recruiter for the British Army where she was successful in Professionally Qualified Officer Recruitment for seven years. In  this role she managed a team of Senior Talent Recruiters. Geri has wealth of experience running Assessment Centres, Recruitment Fairs and attracting niche talent across multi-industry sectors.

In her spare time, Geri enjoys outdoor pursuits and in particular, time with her family and friends on camping adventures in her mini camper. Geri recently completed the North Coast 500 around  the top of Scotland. Owning three dogs and a horse also keeps Geri fit.

To find out more about how we can help you find the best talents for your company, contact Geri:
M: 07714 380 111
T: 02038 174 430
E: Geri.Hardy@hrdept.co.uk

Testimonial

​Don’t just take our word for it. Here are a few things satisfied clients have had to say about our recruitment services.

“We were delighted with the support, energy and passion that the Agile Recruitment Service brought to our search. As a fast-growing start-up with customer service and results at its core, the quality of our team is so critical for us. And we could not be more pleased with the quality of the candidates identified for us by Geri and her team, and the efficiency of the whole process. Absolutely delighted and we feel so well set up to open our business this month”. Bridget Healy, EverySkin

“HR Dept exceeded our expectations with the high level of service they provided. They were professional and dedicated throughout the entire process and the quality of the candidates they put through to us was exceptional, resulting in a very successful placement. I would strongly recommend them for your recruitment needs”. Sleeps12

“The HR Dept provided an extremely professional and efficient recruitment service, helping us fill a niche role. Their approach to advertising was far reaching and presented us with a short list of excellent candidates from varied backgrounds. HR Dept also provided ongoing support for candidates before and after the interview process. This made the whole experience more stress free for everyone. We are really pleased with the successful candidate who has now joined the team. I would also like to thank HR department for making the recruitment process a lot more straight forward and enjoyable experience for the UKWIR team.” Steve Kaye, CEO of UKWIR

“We worked with Geri Hardy at HR Dept when recruiting for a new FD & Company Secretary. She was professional, proactive and sourced a large number of promising candidates for us. Very easy to work with and managed the recruitment process well. We would certainly recommend HR Dept”. Emily Palmer Ramus, Palmers Brewery

Recruitment FAQs

How much will it cost me to recruit for a role?

As we provide a personalised service, cost will vary from client to client. One of the many benefits of this service is being in full control of your budget allowing you to keep costs low.

On average, we spend 25 – 30 hours to successfully place a candidate for a role meaning that with our cost-effective pricing, you could hire your next talent for as little as £3125 + VAT. Or even less! Just set a budget, and we’ll make it work.

The great thing about this service is that we are able to hire for similar roles under the same budget. For one of our clients, we hired 6 roles for under their initial budget of £5000. It doesn’t get more cost effective than that!

How long does the process take?

As soon as we complete our initial client brief meeting where we will gather key information including candidate profile, job descriptions and other important factors, we are set to go.

Roles can be filled as quickly as a few weeks, and some may take a little more time. However, you can trust that we are always working on sourcing the best candidates for your organisation.

How do you attract candidates?

We make full use of our Applicant Tracking System (ATS) which allows us to advertise for free on major job boards. This means there are no extra costs to the client.

We also use social media to attract candidates and have had great success on LinkedIn utilising our LinkedIn recruiter licence which allows us to actively source for experienced candidates who may otherwise not be aware of the available role.

We also have the ability to post on all major job boards, specifically branded according to the client. However, this does come with an extra cost of £299 + VAT.

How do you approach the selection process?

All candidates that are put in front of the client undergo a thorough selection process. All CVs that come through are graded against a scoring matrix that directly scores them against the key attributes the client is searching for in a candidate.

Before we present any candidates to a client, we conduct short video interviews where we get a feel for their character and ask the necessary admin questions (e.g., right to work in the UK etc) to make sure they are the right fit for your business.

Do you conduct testing for candidates?

Yes. We have an external provider who is able to conduct verbal + numerical reasoning testing.

We can also design bespoke testing for your roles. For example, if a client hiring a secretary is searching for fast and accurate typing skills, we can test this through software designed specifically to test these skills.

Do you support with onboarding new employees?

Absolutely! From right to work checks to reference requests, our services cover much more than a standard agency.

If you are an existing HR Advice Line client of ours, you will benefit from ongoing support from our team of HR professionals. Our HR team are able to assist you in all your HR matters from employment contracts and handbooks to company policies and procedures.

What makes you different from an agency?

We’ve mentioned multiple times that we are not like recruitment agencies, and for good reason! There are a number of things that set us apart from a standard recruitment agency.

  1. We offer bespoke recruitment solutions

Our checklist process where clients select which activities they would like us to undertake allows us to identify key areas we can support with our expertise. Additionally, clients can set their own budgets meaning you are in control of the cost of the project. As a result, we are able to provide a service that is truly unique and bespoke for each and every client.

  1. We are your HR partners

At the HR Dept, we work in partnership with you, becoming an extension of your business. As your HR partners, we represent your company and work as the interface between you and the candidates to ensure a smooth recruitment experience for all.

  1. We do not recycle old candidates

For each vacancy, we actively search for fresh, enthusiastic individuals in order to compile a list of candidates that are of the right calibre for your organisation. We proactively engage in talent attraction activity across various platforms to source the best candidates for your role.

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