Recruitment event puts jobseekers face to face with employer

 In Employment, News

A recent recruitment event gave job seekers the opportunity to meet face-to-face with a large company looking to fill vacancies.

Rendall and Rittner, a property management company with a head office in East London, has dozens of current and upcoming vacancies across a range of departments, so asked ELBA to help fill the roles.

The event, which took place at the ELBA offices, is the second of its type to be arranged for Rendall and Rittner. It saw candidates listen to a presentation from company representatives before a Q&A session enabled people to find out more about the business, its ethos and its staff. Candidates could then have interviews with hiring managers from Rendall and Rittner.

ELBA works with over 100 community partners, including RSLs, job centres, local authorities and other charities to source suitable candidates, who were assessed for suitability for the vacancies ahead of the event.

Siobhan Scantlebury, from ELBA, said such events have proved remarkably successful in the past:

“From a business point of view, we’re helping them access local talent efficiently by inviting suitable candidates to one event rather than them spending days interviewing.”

Siobhan said that the set-up of the event also helped candidates:
“The slightly different format lends itself to being a bit more accessible to people – particularly if they are long-term unemployed and have struggled with preparation for interviews and the anxiety which surrounds it. It’s all about trying to create opportunities for local people which they may not have come across themselves. We’re bridging the gap between our corporate partners and the local community.”
Rendall and Rittner’s Tope Amore said of the session:
“I liked having the opportunity to spend some quality time with each candidate. It also worked well to have separate screenings for Cleaners and Concierges.”
And Denzil Baisden, also of Rendall and Rittner, commented:
“This event was about seeing candidates and discussing their potential, understanding their skills and experience which may not have been discernible from viewing a CV. It’s been a really productive and enjoyable day.”
There was also some very positive feedback from candidates:

“The experience was good and I felt very welcome by ELBA and the employer. It was also good to have separate one-to-one interviews. I liked speaking to the to other candidates.”

“Getting feedback straight away was good. I felt valued.”

If you’re a job seeker and are interesting in finding out more about ELBA’s Employment support services, contact Siobhan Scantlebury on siobhan.scantlebury@elba-1.org.uk.

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