Pauley Creative is a company has typically recruited through word of mouth, cheap online advertising or via a local agency. We’re a specialist digital agency that’s is steadily growing. We’ve had mixed success recruiting in the past, but a recent experience had left us skeptical.
Recruiting into a small business in general seems tough. If anything it’s been the lack of local, well-skilled candidates that’s been the problem – we’ve had to recruit for attitude foremost and then train up which has taken time and risk.
We previously made a senior hire and it didn’t go as expected and cost both money and time. It also resulted in a loss of confidence in our recruitment process. One of the things I learned from the experience is that in a small firm you have to get buy-in from the entire team and that they have to be involved in the decision making process.
When I met Digital People I explained that the most recent experience had left us a bit raw and because of that we needed some reassurances. The founder Ed did a great job of putting our minds at ease and was extremely pro-active in finding strong candidates, just as he’d said they would. Ed was happy and enthusiastic about having the team involved, and gave us a lot confidence they’d find the right guy.
They managed our expectations well from a timings perspective and then over delivered, getting our man in place much sooner than we anticipated. In our initial conversations Ed mentioned that they’d prefer to give us just one benchmark candidate. However, as we wanted to see a few candidates they listened to our concerns, and presented several very solid candidates along with their benchmark, David.
Their benchmark candidate was on the money, and this ultimately led us to stop the process halfway through and offer David the position. It’s early days but it’s clear that David has fit into our team incredibly well – he’s generating revenue already and has hit the ground running. He’s proven to be exactly what we needed.