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Hays Overview

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London, England
5001 to 10000 employees
Company - Public (HAS)
Business Service
£1 to £2 billion (GBP) per year
PageGroup, Robert Half, Robert Walters
Hays is the world’s leading specialist recruiting firm. We have 47 years of experience and a network of more than 244 offices in 33 countries. Our team of over 8,700 people share ideas and knowledge to deliver consistently outstanding results.

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Mission: We are the world's leading recruiting experts in qualified, professional and skilled work. By truly understanding our clients and candidates, locally and globally, we help people and companies achieve a lasting impact.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#5), 2016 (#2), 2015 (#14)

Highest Rated CEOs: 2017 (#19), 2015 (#15)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#7), 2016 (#18)

Hays Reviews

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  • "Wonderful Employer, lots of opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Positive Outlook
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    I have been working at Hays full-time (More than 3 years)


    Work/Life balance
    Excellent salary & benefits
    Plenty of training & development
    Lots of fun socials
    If you do not perform, you will be dismissed


    No negatives working for Hays

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Hays Photos

Hays photo of: Best performer trophies 2015
Hays photo of: Hays Liverpool have now moved to new offices on St Paul’s Square in Liverpool’s City Centre after 5 years of consecutive growth!
Hays photo of: We are proud to have been strategic partner of this year's CBI Annual Conference, a fascinating day of debate and discussion with the leading names in politics and business.
Hays photo of: Our CEO, Alistair Cox presenting to business leaders at the CBI Annual Conference.
Hays photo of: We are proud sponsor of the Lord Mayor’s Power of Diversity Series.
Hays photo of: Hays Procurement sponsored the Young Manager of the Year award at this year’s Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport annual dinner.
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Hays Interviews



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Getting an Interview





    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Liverpool, England
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at Hays (Liverpool, England) in September 2017.


    My interview was a 4 part process so I'll separate them all to give as much detail as I can.

    Telephone interview - this was the first part of the process. I was contacted by the internal recruiter who was lovely and really made the telephone interview more like a conversation rather than prodding me with questions. She asked how I interpreted the job, how would I gain clients, how would I gain candidates, my experience and skills. Quite basic but a little challenging.

    1 to 1 interview with the internal recruiter - I met with the recruiter I spoke to on the phone, in this part of the process we went through my CV, experience, more in depth of my interpretation of the job and done some scenario work i.e. She asked what I would do if I placed a candidate into temporary work and they didn't turn up. I had to answer how I would deal with this and prevent it from happening. I got asked 3 different scenarios. I was there for around 50 mins and I learnt quite a lot too!

    Assessment day - 3rd part of the process and my fave! I was really nervous about this but oh my god I learnt so much in just 3 hours. You are asked to attend a morning with other possible candidates and take part in 3 exercises.
    1. Introduce yourself to a client basically sell yourself as a consultant
    2. Make a client call and try to get a meeting with them.
    3. Sell a candidate to a client.
    This part of the process will really get you thinking on your feet and help you make your mind up if this career is for you, I gained so much from this part of the process and it really showed everyone's strengths and weaknesses.

    Interview with manager - the final part! It is a long winded process but it's not as stressful as it seems as everyone I met made me feel at ease, this final interview was more of a meeting with your potential new mangers in your specialist area. My interpretation of the final interview was basically to see if these managers would find you suit their team and working methods. The interview was really focussed on me as a person and how I want to develop in the time to come.

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Company Updates

  • Follow this advice to get your CV to a recruiter’s ‘yes’ pile:

    How to get your CV into the recruiter's 'yes' pile

    Have you ever wondered what happens once your CV has made it into the inbox of a recruiter? You can probably imagine that this person has a fair few CVs to get through, and sometimes only a percentage of these will get read past the first page.

  • Just started a new job? This simple tip will help you save a lot of time and deliberation during those scary first few weeks:

    The one key thing you need to unlearn before starting a new job

    Since my first day at Hays, I have learnt many lessons on success and failure, from how to take a moment to enjoy a recent victory, to how you bounce back and learn from a situation that doesn't go as planned. There's one key thing, however, that I wish somebody had told me from the get go.

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Hays Awards & Accolades

  • Employees’ Choice Award(Best Places to Work across the U.S. and the UK), Glassdoor, 2015
  • Top Company For Graduates To Work For, The Job Crowd, 2015
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