The team behind DMOS

Edward, Patrick, and Jamie are part of the DMOS core management team. They have all worked with us for some time and they are the bones of the business! 

Here they explain in their words why DMOS (our group that encompasses DM Recruitment, Opus Vitae and Simply Interview) are different, why they like working here, and how we look after our candidates who are looking for work.

Jamie - Business Development Manager

“Candidates come to us because we are honest and fair. Our processes are fully compliant – our workers don’t have to worry about not being paid fairly for the work they do.

We are always contactable, 24/7, to offer help and guidance.

There are many added benefits when working with us. We do raffle draws to give away tickets to Shrewsbury Town games, Shropshire Oktoberfest, and other events.

Our live feed app allows individuals to view what jobs we have available at the click of a button. And our community pages on social media have live updates.

We have honesty and integrity at the heart of the business. We try to ensure that everyone who works with us feels part of a community, with both positive and negative feedback being circulated to create respect and trust between us.”

Patrick - Service Manager

“I enjoy working for DMOS purely due to every day being different. Sometimes it can be extremely stressful, but it is very rewarding when you manage to get the job completed.

The office is like one big family and the atmosphere and working environment is brilliant.

Five words to sum up working with DMOS would be exciting, challenging, loyalty, passion, and family.

It’s great to be able to help people that are struggling to find work into a great new job.”

Edward - Facilities and Finance Manager

“We provide access to 24/7 communication as we always have an on-call consultant. This means that candidates can speak to someone in the team at any time, whether they just need a message passing on or if they need some help or advice.

This means they always have a human experience with us, instead of a robot taking a message.”

If you want to find out more about available job roles in the DMOS group, get in touch today.


Simply Interview vs. The Average Recruitment Agency

Here at Simply Interview we like to do things differently.

Yes, we help businesses by matching candidates to job vacancies, but no, we don’t see ourselves as a recruitment agency.

What’s the difference?

Once a recruitment agency has filled a position, whether it’s a temporary or permanent one, there will be ongoing fees and admin.

We understand that not every business wants that financial tie. But not every business will have the time or resources to carry out the recruitment process themselves.

Simply Interview offers a simpler alternative – bridging the gap between the average recruitment agency and the businesses that they don’t work for.

We will find the best people for your job vacancies, but once we have found them – our work is done. No loose ends and no hassle.

We charge a one-off affordable fee based on the salary of the role. That’s it! You can even break that fee up in to three installments.

Once you have the right person for the job, you are left with full control on hiring and paying your new employee.

How we help

Our streamlined hiring model is helping businesses of all sizes across the West Midlands and mid-Wales.

We want to make hiring affordable, transparent and uncomplicated - finding you the right candidate, so you can concentrate on running your business.

We have years of experience working with businesses across the UK, placing thousands of people in jobs. Let us pass on that experience to your business, to save you money and grow your workforce.

Let us take care of it

If you have one or multiple job vacancies to fill, we’d love to hear from you. We have a database of available, pre-vetted candidates, and a huge reach across the region on our platforms.

To find out more call us on 01743 296320 or leave your details with us here.


How To Help A New Starter Settle In

Taking in to consideration the current labour shortages and the cost of training up a new employee, it is really important to retain your new staff members.

It can be nerve-wracking starting a new job. The more you can do to help a new starter settle in, the quicker they’ll get up to speed and reach their full potential.

How your new starter feels in their first few days and weeks is crucial to their longevity with you.

Here are some easy wins to make sure they feel welcomed.

We get by with a little help from our friends

Designate one of the team to be the new starter’s buddy. They can be in charge of making all the introductions to the team, giving them a tour of the office and showing them where everything is.

To have a peer to ask questions of is a lot less daunting than asking the boss. It helps them form new bonds and it will save you time dealing with the less pressing questions.

They can also advise on any office politics, from not using Brenda’s butter to how often they need to make a tea round.

Weekly catch up

Give your new starter the chance to share any worries with you to stop them festering in to bigger problems.

If they are underperforming in any areas, you can nip it in the bud early on, and give them the best start in a new job.

Make sure they have a clear understanding of what is expected of them and how it will be measured and reviewed so they know the parameters.

Paperwork

A company handbook or welcome pack ensures your new employee has all the information they need to hand, including your company’s policies. Also make sure they have a contract from day one (if not before).

Set up their work station

What does your new starter need on their first day? A security pass, stationery, a uniform, or their own mug perhaps? By taking a few minutes to make sure everything is in place, they will feel valued from the get go.

To do list

There’s nothing worse than starting a new job and finding everyone is too busy to tell you what needs doing, and wasting away a morning pretending to read the company website.

Make sure your newbie has some simple tasks to get stuck in to on their first day that their buddy or line manager can give them.

They will be eager to impress and get stuck in.

Forming relationships

The sooner your new starter feels part of the team the better. Help them form friendships and deeper bonds with social activities. A team lunch in the park or Friday night drinks could be just the ticket.

Don’t underestimate the effect these small actions will have in making sure your new starter feels welcomed and settles in quickly.

For help finding your next new starter get in touch today!


Hiring the Right Person

At Simply Interview we can provide you with a shortlist of pre-vetted candidates or narrow it down to who we feel is the perfect person.

Some of our clients like to carry out the final interview themselves. This is a great way to make sure they are the right person for your business.

The pitfalls of an interview

The trouble with a job interview is the level of predictability. A CV that has been tweaked to fit the job description, a candidate showing their best side and a list of questions you could predict from a mile off!

A few weeks down the line you realise their work ethic is all off or they start clashing with other team members, and you realise your instinct missed the mark.

There are some ways you can avoid this; you just need to think outside the box.

Find ways to understand their values and make them show their true selves.

Don’t make the decision on your own – the opinions of the rest of the team counts too. Afterall they are the ones who will be working with them.

Curve ball questions

Chances are the candidate will be ready to tell you how they overcame a challenge at work or where they see themselves in 5 years’ time – but will they be able to tell you which chocolate bar best reflects their personality?!

This might sound completely silly, but they won’t have an answer prepared and it may reveal more than they think about the personality and sense of humour.

You could also offer up a scenario that is common in your line of work and ask how they would handle it. If they seem too precious about the dirtier jobs, or flustered about confrontation, they might not be the right fit.

Get out of the interview room

One of the best ways to suss out your potential next hire is getting them up and about.

Take them for a tour of the business. Perhaps a stop off in the office kitchen to make a brew is where you might start to see a less formal side.

Are they curious about the surroundings, do they ask questions, and are they respectful and courteous to everyone they meet?

If you only have a small office, perhaps go for a stroll or a bite to eat. You can keep an eye on how they treat others, how confident they are and what their communication is like.

Ask the team

Even if the final decision rests with you, it doesn’t hurt to get some more opinions.

Whether it’s the receptionist who greeted them, the employees who chatted to them while they waited for the interview or people they interacted with whilst there – find out what their first impression was.

To find out more about how we can help your business find the right people, click here.


Looking after your family

Simply Interview connects candidates to permanent job roles. We want our candidates to be fulfilled by what they do and find the right work life balance that ensures they can not only provide for their family – but be there for them too.

Simply Helping Your Family

As the Covid restrictions have relaxed we are finally able to enjoy more with our families out and about.

With this in mind, we are delighted to announce we are one of the sponsors at the Shrewsbury Food Festival this year!

On the 4th and 5th September we will be giving away free fruit to festival goers young and old! We want to promote healthy eating and give something back to the community in the process.

We hope you will be joining us at the festival and picking up some fruit!

The family festival in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park hosts 200 food, drink, and craft exhibitors in the 29 acres of parkland. With delicious food and drink to sample, devour and take home, it will be a food lover’s dream.

There is also a live music stage, chef demo stage, chef school, and a huge kids’ zone – so it really is a great day out for the whole family!

Be part of the Simply family!

We have lots of permanent job roles available across Shropshire, Telford, Herefordshire, and Powys. If you upload your CV with us, we will put it in front of lots of employers without you having to do a thing!

Head to the website here!


Tips on tackling your job hunt

Looking for work can feel daunting and you might not know where to start. We don’t want you to see it as a mammoth task – that’s only going to hinder how proactive you are about tackling the job hunt.

So, we’ve put together some handy tips for how best to approach your job search. These are easy wins for staying focused and on track!

What are your key objectives?

To help you narrow down what to apply for, you first need to think about what you want from a job. What is most important? Is it the length of the commute to the office, is it a certain wage or a good work life balance? Once you know your key objectives, it helps focus your search.

Don’t turn these goals in to limitations though. You need to stay flexible to what jobs are available, and you might find during your job search your objectives change.

It’s also important to recognise your own strengths and weaknesses to understand which jobs you would be suitable for.

Do your research

Look in to the target companies that appeal to you and see what you can find out from reviews on what it is like to work there.

If you are considering a specific role, do you have the right qualifications? Find out what would be required as a minimum from job adverts. You couldn’t just walk in to a role as an astronaut!

Work with recruiters

There is a plethora of recruiters out there and if you find the ones specialising in your field, they can open you up to opportunities you weren’t even aware of.

One CV doesn’t fit all jobs

This is especially important when applying for your dream job. Don’t expect a HR manager or recruiter to meticulously study your CV and try to understand how your skills would fit in to their vacancy, if it isn’t immediately obvious.

Turn that on its head by tailoring your CV to each job you apply for to make you the obvious fit for the job. Try and work in phrases from the job description and use examples of relevant experience to meet the criteria.

Consider your online presence

Potential employers will look you up online – that is a fact! Set your Facebook to private so they can’t see the escapades from your Saturday night out. Utilise LinkedIn to the max – keep your experience up to date and use posting to share your experiences and expertise – staying professional at all times.

Prepare well

Make sure you are well prepared for any job interview. We have more tips for this here!

It can be very stressful looking for a job. Make sure you look after your wellbeing and when it’s getting too much, take a break and get active outside!

 

Register with Simply Interview!

Of course it goes without saying that if you upload your CV with us we will put it in front of lots of employers without you having to do a thing! Head to the website here.


Experience vs. Grades on your CV

Recently I asked my LinkedIn connections - what's more important on a CV of someone who is fresh out of school or college – grades or workplace experience?

The result?

14% voted for grades but a colossal 86% voted for workplace experience.

Was that a big surprise?

Not really! It was the answer I was expecting. Never once have I needed to ask my team what they got for GCSE Geography, but what I will notice is if the office environment seems like an alien planet to them when they first come on board.

Not that exams and grades aren’t important, quite the opposite.

What I’m driving at is that gaining experience in workplace settings is as important as what you achieve in the classroom because it can give you the skills and confidence to thrive when you hit the working world, keeping you a step ahead of your counterparts.

Education

In some sectors, rightly or wrongly, you cannot progress without a degree, so do your research before you decide to skip University. Many people would argue honing your research and analytical skills are a great starting block to any career.

If you want to head in to a career with a specialist skill, this is undeniably the perfect place to learn.

Experience

Gaining work experience shows you have the grit to succeed and that you are committed to furthering your career.

A study in 2015 found 58% of leading employers rated work experience as “the most popular qualification among those presented,” with a student’s personality coming second, with 48% favouring this.

It also comes back to hiring for attitude because you can always teach skills!

But there’s no right answer!

It is worth remembering that we are all different – employers and employees – we all learn differently and see success differently, and no two jobs are the same.

There isn’t one rule for all, and however long you stay in education, I would recommend you start gaining experience as early as possible – it may give you the edge when you start your attending job interviews.

Courses that offer work placements are a really great introduction to the working world as well, and a great insert for your CV.

So don’t shy away from gaining experience, as that part of your CV is just as important as what you achieve at school!

To upload your CV with Simply Interview click here.


Job Interview Dos and Don’ts

At Simply Interview we take the hassle out of hiring by vetting and interviewing candidates for the positions we are filling.

We have learnt a thing or two about job interviews during our many years in working in recruitment!

We know many job seekers may not have had a face-to-face interview for some time, or perhaps after time spent working from home or being on furlough over the last year, they feel a little out of practice navigating professional workplace meetings.

It doesn’t matter how solid your CV is, if you don’t present yourself well in an interview it could cost you a job. This is your audition – to show what kind of person you are and if you are a good fit for the company.

Here are some basic dos and don’ts for job seekers attending interviews.

Be Prepared

You should attend every interview with a clear understanding of the business you are interviewing for. What they are called, what they do, where they operate and what their mission is. All of this information will be available on their website and social channels so do your research!

Make a point of remembering the names of your interviewers – you could even look them up on LinkedIn before you meet them, so you understand their role in the company.

Put yourself in the interviewer’s shoes and write a list of questions you think they might ask:

  • describe your experience
  • your strengths
  • your weaknesses
  • where you see yourself in 5 years
  • how you overcame a challenge in your work
  • why are you leaving your current role
  • what makes you suitable for the job
  • questions to ask them

Practice answering them – either to a mirror or a family member!

Remain professional

On the day of the interview dress professionally and be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes early – you don’t want to keep them waiting.

Make sure your phone is off and out of sight, and be courteous to everyone you meet – you want to make a good impression on your future colleagues.

Remember this is a professional interview, not a causal chat. You should be yourself, but the best possible version! That means eye contact, sitting up straight and not using bad language.

Don’t focus on what the company can do for you, but what you can do for them. Be enthusiastic about that prospect and make sure you express all your relevant accomplishments.

Don’t ask about salary, bonuses, holiday entitlements and benefits at this point – that can wait until they make you an offer.

And definitely don’t talk negatively about former colleagues, workplaces or yourself – keep it positive and professional.

Good luck!

If you are currently looking for work, make sure you upload your CV with us!


Don’t let your lengthy recruitment process cost you the perfect hire

When it comes to hiring, we know it can be a long-winded process. Posting job adverts, screening hundreds of CVs, scheduling and conducting interviews, checking references, giving feedback and sorting out the starter admin.

It is a full time job in itself, so if you don’t have a HR department, the burden often falls on overstretched managers.

Research a few years back revealed that HR directors spend a month (27.59 days) on average recruiting for open positions within their organisation.

That doesn’t make sense to us.

Instead, you could pay an affordable one-off fee to be presented with a shortlist of vetted, suitable and available candidates, who are ready to get to work.

Your lengthy recruitment process could also be costing you the perfect hire.

Don’t let new talent get snapped up elsewhere because you don’t have the time and resources to secure their hire.

A study of UK businesses showed that 54% of HR directors have lost out on a qualified candidate due to a long hiring process. Not only are they missing out on a great hire, they are wasting their valuable time.

At Simply Interview we already have a database of vetted and available candidates ready to start work. Every candidate who registers their CV with us is taken through the Simply Interview process to find out more about them and what they can offer to ensure we place the right people in the right jobs.

You can either choose to take candidates through to your own interview process or choose for them to start straight away, knowing that we have already interviewed them and checked their references.

Don’t let your precious time get starved by the admin and hassle of hiring. Instead, let Simply Interview offer you an affordable HR solution.

Contact us today to find out more!

Sources:

https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/advice/recruitment-process/how-secure-candidate-who-has-received-multiple-job-offers

https://www.roberthalf.co.uk/press/hr-directors-spend-28-days-recruitment-process


Why Simply Interview is ready to change the way you recruit!

The Simply Interview team has years of experience recruiting for businesses. What is obvious to us is that every business is different. The people, structure, processes and objectives are never the same. So why should the recruitment process be the same for all?

A simpler way of doing things

We know that there are businesses and candidates who don’t want to work with run-of-the-mill recruitment agencies – whether it is because of the fees or the ongoing nature of the relationship, it just doesn’t work for them.

Simply Interview is the alternative option. An affordable service, that you pay for once, when you need it.

There are also plenty of businesses who don’t have a HR infrastructure, which means managers have to take time out of their job to go through the recruitment process.

Placing job adverts, screening CVs, arranging and carrying out interviews, and then letting everyone know if they have been successful or not, is no quick job. In fact, it is estimated to take almost 28 days on average. That is nearly a month of your time away from doing your actual job.

Remove the hassle and the admin, and let our team of experts take care of it for you!

In need of a job?

For people looking for work, it’s a no brainer! We don’t charge candidates a penny for being listed on our database. All they need to do is register with us and upload their CV. With minimal effort you can put yourself in front of your potential next employer.

We believe people are more than CVs, which is why we will take the time to find out more about you.

Why chose Simply Interview?

We don’t think there is another business out there like Simply Interview. A HR solution that can help you get the people you need – the right people – without hefty ongoing recruitment agency fees.

A one-off fee to Simply Interview takes you straight to a shortlist of vetted and available candidates. Whether you need someone in the short or long term.

We can help any business from food delivery to admin, from production operatives to waiting staff, we are ready to help, so what are you waiting for? Get in touch today.