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What Recruiters Can Learn From A General Election

Accountancy Recruiters and General Elections – Strange Combo?

Whatever way you sway politically, one thing is for sure – if you’re in the business of recruiting, you have more in common with the process of a general election than you may think! And there’s a few things you can learn along the way too …

The manifesto

What do YOU stand for? What can you promise your candidates? If you want to attract the best people, you must decide how to position yourself within a competitive market. What really matters to candidates, and the staff you already have? What are your goals? Your policies? Of course, in business you might call this your Core Values. But if you think about it, it’s not too dissimilar to a party manifesto. Just try to uphold your promises once you’re ‘elected’!

“Our Core Values are market knowledge, service delivery, speed to market and building relationships. By keeping these at the heart of everything we do – every decision, every placement, we know we can’t go wrong.”

Garry Howling, MD, Public Practice Recruitment Ltd


The campaign

Labour’s slogan is ‘It’s time for real change’ which, let’s face it, is exactly what you’re after. If you’re recruiting, you either have someone to replace or a brand new role to fill. A big change. And while a TV debate and touring the country might work for the political parties, you have to be a little smarter. That’s where a great recruitment consultant can help.

“Public Practice Recruitment Ltd have great connections and contacts throughout accountancy firms across the UK. This means that they can match the needs of both the firms and candidates rather than just dealing with volumes. Garry is great to discuss matters with and is honest and open with his knowledge and opinions and keeps up to date with developments across the profession.”

Director, Leicestershire


The vote

You’ve created your manifesto, you’ve campaigned your heart out. Now, after all the hard work you’ve put in, the result you want is for CVs to be submitted in their droves! Your polling station, as it were – is your chosen recruitment agency. Now it’s their job to gather all of the applications and help you decide on a ‘winner’! Here, speed is key.

The average length of the job interview process stands at about 27.5 days. An interview process that takes longer than 14 days could see you lose your favourite candidate altogether.’

Online review management company, Glassdoor


The winner

Now it’s time to revel in your glory. Okay, there may not be a podium outside number 10 for you, but what you can enjoy is the successful placement of your new recruit. Just remember, as an employer – someone who has chosen YOU to progress their career with, to share their talent with …over all the competition. So, long after your ‘election’, you should stand by your manifesto and deliver on your promises. Don’t forget, it’s up to them if they leave or remain!


At Public Practice Recruitment Ltd, we work with employers on their ‘manifesto’ all the time! As specialist accountancy recruiters, we can help you attract top talent by examining and improving the working environment, benefits and training and progression routes. We can even help you form an overall recruitment strategy.

To submit your vacancy to Public Practice Recruitment Ltd please send us an Email

If you prefer, you can call 0333 577 7787 and chat through your requirements in person.

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