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October 03 2017

A client of ours recently gave me feedback that one of our candidates had been unsuccessful at interview. Nothing unique in that I hear our competitors say! Whilst it’s not news the candidate or we like to hear in recruitment, obviously it’s not uncommon for people to miss out on jobs.  What was more unique about this instance was that included in the overall feedback was the throw away comment that of the four candidates they interviewed, my candidate was the only one not to wear a tie at interview. To be absolutely clear, this wasn’t the reason the candidate was unsuccessful – ultimately they didn’t perform well enough during the interview process.  However it made me realise that within that one statement many assumptions (conscious and unconscious) have potentially been made - by the prospective employer, the candidate and myself.

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What they said

"From the first moment I spoke to Andrea, I knew I was in excellent hands. She is highly professional and personable, taking the time to fully understand exactly the type of contract role I was looking for and only contacting me with relevant roles. She put a lot of effort into ensuring I was comfortable with the requirements of the job spec and invested invaluable time in interview preparation; going above and beyond what is expected. I would highly recommend Andrea and I am very happy to have her as my agent." Lynn, Finance Manager

"I would highly recommend working with Wilkinson & Associates. From the first time I contacted them, it was clear that they were professional, understood the Accountancy profession and the current market, and were dedicated to finding the right role for me." Interim Accountant

“My experience of working with Andrea was exceptional. Providing a service that is second to none. She helped me secure exactly the type of role I was looking. She went above and beyond to ensure I would be prepared for the interviews. I would highly recommend Andrea if you are considering a new role” Shoaib, Senior Reporting Analyst

"Having first dealt with Wilkinson & Associates several years ago it was clear from my initial meeting with Andrea that they had an excellent understanding of the finance and accounting recruitment market, and the skill set of the candidates being placed. Subsequent communications have always been really clear in advising on my career path, and giving feedback at all stages of the recruitment process. The Operations team have been really proactive and professional in walking me through any vetting and administration issues with potential employers. All in all a very professional and personable experience from start to finish which I highly recommend." Interim Accountant

"Andrea was a great help to me when I was looking for a new role after having just moved to Edinburgh. She was extremely knowledgeable of the local market, very proactive in finding opportunities for me and regularly in touch with any relevant updates. As a result I found a great role much quicker than I thought I would." Justin, Finance Manager

"I would highly recommend Wilkinson & Associates. I decided to make my first move out of practice and naturally was in contact with a number of different recruitment companies. However, when I first spoke to Ross at W&A it was clear immediately that he was a cut above the others in relation to his knowledge of the market and his ability to understand immediately the type of role I was looking for. Within a short period of time from my first communication with Ross I had secured a great role in the financial services sector. I was impressed with Ross throughout the recruitment process and would advise anyone looking for a move in this sector to contact W&A. " Kenny, Financial Reporting Manager, Glasgow

"I would highly recommend Wilkinson Associates. Moving to Edinburgh from another city it was great to have someone who was able to provide expert advice into the local market and also select roles that were suitable to my skillset and experience. I was very impressed with the professionalism of Ross and the time he gave me as an individual was great. He was on hand to provide some great tips for the interviews that were lined up which ultimately helped me land my new role." Michael, Treasury Middle Office Manager, Edinburgh

"I used a few recruitment firms in my last job search, and Ross and the rest of the team at W&A really stood out for me in the support they gave to prepare for interviews. I walked in confident to perform my best because I knew what to expect from the interview, the employer and the role. Unfortunately for Ross he placed me into a job a love, so I don't expect to need his services for a while. But when I do, he'll be my first call." Anna, Finance Business Partner, Edinburgh

"I was really impressed with Ross and everyone I spoke with at W&A. I felt they had my best interests at heart and really looked for a job that suited me, which is unlike some other agencies I have dealt with in the past. I wouldn't hesitate to use W&A again or recommend them to a friend. " Simon, Technical Accountant, Edinburgh

"It was an absolute pleasure working with Andrea. Following redundancy I was in touch with a number of Recruitment Agencies but Andrea’s personal skills made Wilkinson & Associates stand head and shoulders above the crowd. Andrea was actively matching from Day 1, highly professional in every respect and above all her personal touch ensured that she case managed every step through to placing and starting in role. The support didn’t end there, once in role Andrea continually kept in touch ensuring I had everything I needed, could talk anything through and ensured the contract was going smoothly. Andrea was always balanced in her advice and left decisions with the job seeker with a deep understanding that placing a candidate into a role is not just a case of putting someone in to fill a gap but that it is a significant part of a candidate's life with a big impact on their future direction." Andrea, Financial Accountant

After having initial conversations with a few recruiters at different firms, it was immediately clear that Ross was the person I wanted to work with. He combined professionalism with a genuine care in what I was looking for, which gave me great comfort that he would act in my best interests. Ross quickly guided me through the process for two roles that were in the areas that I had expressed an interest, providing balanced counsel throughout. This helped me get an offer that I was very happy with in a short period of time. Since Ross placed me, I have referred multiple peers to him - I truly believe he's a rare find in today's marketplace. If I am looking to change jobs again in the future, Ross will be the first call I place. Michael, Decision Support Manager. Edinburgh

Following taking voluntary redundancy after ten years the thought of looking for a new role was rather daunting. I contacted Ross McQuarrie about a role he had advertised. Following a good conversation with Ross, I deemed that particular role unsuitable but he took the time to fully understand my experience and the kind of role I was looking for. Ross kept in regular contact over the next few months even though nothing had come up for him to put in front of me, which I found refreshing. When the role I ultimately secured came up Ross called me and took a lot of time to explain in detail what it was and why he thought it would be a good role for me. Once I was called for interview Ross contacted me and spent time preparing me for the interview and ensuring I understood the culture of the organisation as well as the expectations of the interviewers. Having secured the role Ross kept in regular contact during the contract agreement stage and after a few months in the role contacted me again to see how I had settled in. In summary, my experience of dealing with Ross and Wilkinson & Associates was extremely positive. I was only contacted about roles which I had a genuine interest in as a result of Ross taking the time to fully understand what I was looking for. His approach and style of communication was exactly what I was looking for and he really took the stress out of re-entering the job market after ten years. I have already recommended both Ross and Wilkinson & Associates to friends and colleagues looking for new opportunities and I would have no hesitation using both again in the future. David, Cost Reporting Manager. Edinburgh

I was successfully appointed into my role as Head of Finance in TSB after working with, and being supported by, Guy Gracie and the team at Wilkinson & Associates. I had used the team at W&A as a recruiter frequently over a number of years and was always impressed at their professionalism in not only presenting me with candidates who could undertake the role but who had the right personality to fit into my various teams. When considering my own career, I was therefore very confident that they would support me in finding not only the right role but also the right team within which to work and develop. Throughout the process Guy was positively supportive and also challenging, helping ensure that I was prepared at all times and was making the right decision. Before, during and now subsequent to the process that I went through, I genuinely appreciate Guy’s, and the wider team at W&A, support to help me personally and professionally to develop. Mark Burns, Head of Finance TSB

“I have worked with Guy and the other members of the Wilkinson’s team both as a candidate and a client since 2010. As a candidate I have been provided with sound advice on opportunities with a refreshing level of honesty as to the suitability of any role for me as well as my suitability for the role. In addition they managed the interview process very effectively ensuring I was kept up to date on any developments. I have always felt that the Wilkinson’s team try to balance the interests of the client and candidate to ensure that the right candidate is put forward for the right roles. This has meant that they have not presented candidates for roles I was looking to fill or have accepted that a role they were looking at was not right for me. All this was done to develop and maintain long term relationships. I would not hesitate to recommend the Wilkinson’s team to anyone looking for a new role or indeed to anyone looking to fill a role.” Alan Sievewright, Deputy Head of Finance, Baillie Gifford

I would highly recommend Wilkinson & Associates. Guy Gracie who I dealt with gave me great confidence from the first time we met that he knew the market well and importantly understood me as an individual and what my career goals are. Where I found real value in working with Guy was that he was able to set up a number of meetings for me with senior leaders across the industry, achieved through accessing his wide network of contacts. I am convinced that this proactive approach put me on the front foot compared with other candidates. I would have no hesitation in recommending Guy and the team as they focus on you as an individual and what is right for your career which makes the whole process of finding a new role feel like a team effort. Ross Browne, Senior Finance Business Partner, Virgin Money

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