A brand new look and feel!

Modern, fresh and spirited: our new brand identity reinforces our positioning as a leading recruitment consultancy in an exciting and dynamic market, in which confidence, capability, approachability and smart insights count – for candidates and clients alike. In today’s world, technology drives opportunity – we’re at the forefront of that trend, always looking for novel ways to connect our candidates and clients with new openings.  Our new identity is the result of a decision to refresh and reposition the…

I didn’t order a flake!

This sounds the exclamation of both the irate ice cream purchaser and, alas, the occasional client. The former problem is easily fixed and has no long-term consequences for anybody (unless you take ice cream very, very seriously). If only the same could be said of the latter… But sometimes we lose sight of the fact that in life we’re always part of something greater than ourselves. Such a mindset underpins that looming horror which blights temp desks throughout the land: “flakery” [cue:…

Summer living in London…

When the sun comes out in London everyone flocks to the best rooftop hangouts for socialising and sun worshipping whilst sipping sundowner cocktails. Here are a few favourites worth trying out in London this summer, the perfect options for an after-work aperitif, wherever your office is located. Radio Bar at Me London Hotel The stylish Me Hotel is popular with the fashion crowd thanks to its close proximity to Somerset House (the LFW venue). Radio Bar offers panoramic views of London’s iconic…

Making an offer: “What do you mean, ‘they’re thinking about it’”?!

It’s not unusual for a candidate to progress to final round with a client, nail the interview, receive an offer and not accept immediately. They want to mull it over, weigh up their options and seek advice from peers before saying “yes”. The client, whose expectations have hopefully been properly managed, is usually understanding of this. But from time to time we encounter a client who seems genuinely dumbfounded that the candidate doesn’t enthusiastically accept without hesitation. That candidates are sometimes a little…

Which Candidate Would You Hire?

Imagine you are hiring an HR manager, and you are at the final stage of the recruitment process. The decision lies between two candidates, and you are reviewing the interview feedback and analysis to inform your final decision. Is there a clear winning candidate?             Would you be surprised to know that these profiles represent the same candidate? Why do they appear different? Candidate One’s profile is based on an…

The VWA Search Blooper Reel

I’ve been a VWA Search Consultant for just over a year now. Happily, looking back on 2016 I’m not aware of too many instances where I should’ve addressed an issue differently (emphasis on too many); however, I can reveal certain life lessons I’ve picked up from clients and candidates alike: When a candidate’s CV claims they dealt with “complex dairy management” it doesn’t mean they’re an experienced farmer. If a client seeking to hire a…

Testing skills and more… is it worth it?

In times of change and uncertainty, it is more important than ever to ensure we recruit the best person for a role to ensure success and stability. But how do we ascertain who is right and who is not? Nothing is more vital than interviewing. It allows us to get to know the candidate and consider not only their suitability for the role, but also their aspirations and cultural fit. In addition to the interview,…

Through the Looking Glass…

How many times have you made an offer to a candidate with a sense of reticence? How often do you wish you could see beneath the polished exterior presented to you during an interview? When you grapple with the question “What is this candidate really like to work with?” – VWA Search can provide a clear and insightful answer with the help of the Hogan suite of assessments. The Hogan Assessment Suite is a set…

London’s Best Business Lunches

It is always good to have a few restaurant recommendations up your sleeve for those last minute client catch-ups. Here are three of our favourite London eateries, perfect for business meeting and eating… Céleste is located in the newly renovated Lanesborough Hotel, the ornate dining room is sure to impress and the £35 lunch menu will delight your palate. The new St James’s Market is found nearby to Piccadilly Circus station and has a range…

The Circle of Life

When I was a wee bairn, the parents dragooned me into a cinema trip to see The Lion King. I wasn’t old enough to realise that it was they who wanted to see the film, and the possession of a small child merely provided a suitable excuse, but I recall enjoying 90 minutes of cartoon magic despite it being a collateral offshoot of their subterfuge. The underlying message of the opening montage for those of…