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24 February 2016 · by Huntress What to Expect When You're Register with a Recruitment Agency

Find out how we register candidates at Huntress

Finding a new job can be really tough, especially when you’re looking all by yourself. It’s for that reason many people search for work using recruitment agencies. Often, recruitment agencies have exclusive access to fantastic vacancies which you wouldn’t know about without communicating with us, and we’re here to encourage employers to give you the great job (and pay!) you deserve.

At Huntress, unlike most high-street agencies, we believe in a personal approach for both the employers and the job seekers we work with - that’s why we always register all our candidates face to face and meet with all our clients, because we think it’s important to get to know the real you and make sure we understand what you’re looking for.
We’ve compiled a list of some of our most frequently asked questions to guide you through registering with Huntress. Find out what our team members advise when you come in to see us - we’ll let you know what to bring with you when you come in to meet with us, what you should wear and how long our registration process takes. We look forward to meeting you soon!

How long does it take to register someone in person? 
Registering with us can take around 45 minutes to an hour depending on whether you have an extensive CV or if we have several roles we would like to tell you about, or if we require you to take some of our computer based skills tests. The more we can find out about you, your experience and your expectations, the more likely we are to be able to find you a job you love! 

“Registration times do vary depending on whether you are meeting either or both our temporary and permanent consultants. Also, if you take our IT tests it may take a little bit longer.” – Kimberley, Candidate Consultant, Hammersmith 

Why do you ask job seekers to register with you? 
“We like the chance to get to know you and find out what you’re looking for in your next position. The role might look right for you on paper, but with the information you tell us about your preferred teams and location, the company might not be quite what you’re looking for. It’s always best to know these things beforehand!” – Danielle, Candidate Consultant, Leeds 

“We ask you to come in and meet us as we feel we are more successful in finding you the right role when we build a relationship with you. Feedback from job seekers is they feel more comfortable and confident having met us.” – Kimberley, Candidate Consultant, Hammersmith 

“Our registration allows us to build a better rapport with people and assess their body language, and if needed, to provide feedback and advise on interview techniques.” – Natasha, Delivery Consultant, Bracknell 

What should I wear when I meet you? 
“As a rule, we would expect you to wear smart business attire, as though you are presenting yourself for an interview - first impressions count! However, if you work in a more relaxed environment and you are coming straight from work, we obviously wouldn’t expect this.” – Amel, Associate Manager, Kingsway 

“Always smart – it’s essentially a first interview so dress to impress… within reason! It also helps us sell you into employers if we know you’re going to look the part.” – Raj, Consultant, Exeter 

Does the way a job seeker interacts with us influence whether he or she is put forward for a role? 
“Absolutely – we can only gauge how you do during our registration process and our initial telephone calls, so if you make an excellent impression we would be much more inclined to forward your CV across to our employers and recommend you to our peers.” – Amel, Associate Manager, Kingsway 

“Yes, always! We need to have confidence in you. Job seekers who bring notes with questions always impress us, and references from past employers always helps up put in an extra good word about you. The market is so competitive and there are a lot of really skilled people out there all aiming for the same job. It’s really important to set yourself apart by selling you as a person - people buy people. If we believe in you and think you are amazing, then 9 times out of 10 it comes across to the employers and we’ll go that extra mile to secure you that dream job!” – Raj, Consultant, Exeter 

What do I need to bring with me when I come in to register with you? 
“We require you to bring proof of your right to work in the UK, so your passport or National Insurance and full birth certificate or ID card. We also need you to bring details for your references.” – Gemma, Consultant, Kingsway

“If you are from outside of the EU please bring your visa, your passport and an NI number.” – Kimberley, Candidate Consultant, Hammersmith 

Please note you may be required to bring in copies of any qualifications you might have. 

Does everyone need to take numeracy, spelling and IT tests? 
“We offer full numeracy and IT testing, if required by the employer. Accountancy & Finance job seekers can also, at times, be asked to complete an Excel test.” - Amel, Associate Manager, Kingsway 

“Our tests allow us to substantiate your CV and quite often we send your scores to our employers to really show off your skills!” – Raj, Consultant, Exeter 

Particular Office Support (typically receptionist, secretarial, administration and customer service) roles may require you test across all three categories, although more senior roles may not be tested. 

Any other information job seekers should know? 
“If you are serious about changing your job then we are always happy to help! You have a better chance of getting a position you really want through an agency as you have a professional working for you to match you to your perfect role by learning your strengths, your personality and gaining a better understanding of what you want from your next role.” – Danielle, Candidate Consultant, Leeds 

“It’s not a scary process! The more you put into your interview with us the more you’ll get out of it and the more we’ll be able to help you. We’re really quite fun and friendly!” – Natasha, Delivery Consultant, Bracknell 

We hope this article has answered all of your questions about registering with us and why recruitment agencies like to talk at length before putting you forward for a role. If you have any further questions, feel free to get in touch with your local Huntress office. 

Alternatively, start your recruitment agency-assisted job search now by applying for our current vacancies!