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How Reed can help

For over 60 years, Reed has provided excellent temporary recruitment services. Our experienced and highly skilled consultants know that you need a flexible and bespoke approach to temporary recruitment to find the right match for your company.

We do more than just recruit, we are also pioneers in specialist recruitment who can help you optimise your recruitment strategy and support you through the entire process – even after you’ve recruited with us. Our consultants pride themselves on building strong and lasting relationships and solidifying our national and local networks.

When you hire through Reed, you’ll receive the following services as standard:

  • Access to a large candidate database

  • Candidate referencing

  • Specialist consultant support

  • Pre-interviews of every candidate

Regular post-placement reviews and candidate check ups

Reed offers you multiple service options depending on the level of support you need. Our additional services include searching for niche skills, specialised skills testing, temporary-to-permanent discounts and more.

The Reed difference

  • Unmatched access to the best talent

    • Reed provides the greatest choice of skilled temporary, interim and contract workers, covering long-term & short-term project work. We recruit across 20 specialisms worldwide, with a national reach and access to a wealth of professionals who can support your team.

    • Each consultant has their own local talent pool within their sector. Our recruitment specialists interview, reference and assess all our temporary workers to get you the right support when you need it. We build a flexible workforce in each of our specialist sectors, so whether you need an IT project support or a receptionist for the summer, Reed has got you covered

  • Bespoke service

    • Reed’s highly trained and experienced recruiters are passionate about securing the right talent to help grow your business. With decades of experience in recruitment, we’ve optimised our service to secure only the best talent to match your team. We give you multiple service options depending on the level of support you need.

    • We partner with companies of all sizes and focus on the individual requirements of your organisation, because we understand that you need more than a one-size-fits-all approach. We pride ourselves on building strong relationships, providing support from the beginning to the end of your search and beyond.

  • The world’s largest family-run recruitment company

    • Reed is the world’s largest family-run recruitment company. Having spent over 60 years hiring workers across 20 specialist sectors, we are pioneers in specialist recruitment solutions.

    • Reed’s purpose is improving lives through work. We achieve this every day by living our three core values:

      • We are fair, open and honest

      • We take ownership

      • We work together

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    • 18% of Reed is owned by the Reed Foundation, which supports charities around the world, meaning that one day a week, we’re working for charity. By working with us, you’re also helping us to support these great causes.

  • Meeting all your recruitment needs

    • Our unique end-to-end coverage means we can support you with a range of services, beyond that of a typical recruitment agency. Whether you need to hire talent, a range of workforce solutions, consultancy services or professional development support – we're here to support all of your needs.

  • Data and technology driven

    • We use a combination of data and technology to optimise your recruitment solutions. The teams use cutting-edge recruitment technology to deliver the best candidate and client experiences, as well as capture data to provide insights for our optimisation process.

    • Using this data, we constantly measure whether your desired results are being delivered. Our teams will optimise your service and deliver continuous improvements to ensure that your desired outcomes are achieved.

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​​Use the following video interviewing tips to help you secure your next role.There are two types of video interviewLive interviews are what you would expect – a video call with the interviewer which is very similar to a face-to-face interview, but slightly different. Some may feel more relaxed knowing that they are speaking face-to-face with a person, even if it’s only through a screen.Pre-recorded interviews provide you with questions you must answer by recording yourself. These interviews are usually recorded with specialist software, such as Shine, and you will have a certain number of attempts to answer each question.Check your techTest your microphone, camera and internet connection before you start, and make sure your device is compatible with the software your interviewer is using. Making a test call will give you piece of mind that everything is set up correctly.In case of any unexpected audio issues, or your connection drops, ensure you have the interviewer’s contact number so that you can continue your interview over the phone. Don’t forget to fully charge your device or have it plugged in to avoid any potential disruption from a low battery.Just as you would in a face-to-face interview, you must also check that your phone is on silent and any notifications are off.FramingTo frame yourself well, position yourself in the centre of the screen, with the camera at eye-level, an arm’s length away. If you give the illusion of eye-contact by looking at the camera, you will seem more engaging to the interviewer. The interviewer will have a better impression of you, and will be more engaged in your answers.It is most important to choose a location where you won’t be disturbed and are least likely to pick up noise from your surroundings. Choose a space which is not too dark or too bright and remove anything from behind you that you wouldn’t want your employer to see, such as dirty clothes.Body language and appearanceBe as professional as possible, both in how you dress and in your body language – remember that this is your potential employer. Even if the interviewer can’t see all of you, dressing well will put you in the right mindset for a job interview and you will make a much better impression.Other than your facial expression and hand gestures, your non-verbal communication is limited, so it will be more difficult for the interviewer to pick up positive body language. Ensure you don’t fidget too much, avoid covering your mouth, and make sure to smile.Our YouTube channel has a fantastic series of interviewing advice videos detailing the dos and don’ts for candidates.If you’re looking for a new career opportunity, contact your local office via email or over the phone.