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Reed Specialist Recruitment Overview

Northampton, England (UK)
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Private
Staffing & Outsourcing
Unknown / Non-Applicable
PageGroup, Randstad, Hays
REED is a specialist provider of recruitment solutions.
Founded in 1960, REED now operates in Europe and Asia Pacific. REED has more than 3,000 permanent employees working across 425 business units in 180 locations worldwide.

Mission: REED is family-owned and has grown organically, rather than by acquisition, to a company of 3,000 Co-Members in over 350 offices in towns and cities across the world.

Our rate of growth has been entirely driven by the hard work and creative energy of our ... Read more

Reed Specialist Recruitment Reviews

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Reed Specialist Recruitment Chairman James Reed
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43 Ratings
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    "In-fighting, politics, and all that's wrong with recruitment"

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    Former Employee - Branch Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Reed Specialist Recruitment full-time (More than 5 years)


    Good benefits
    Instant name recognition
    Lots of opportunities
    Company values are outstanding
    Variety of recruitment areas


    Different "specialisms" compete with each other and for business, and it can get really nasty
    Managers are so busy making sales figures that they don't manage staff properly
    Lip service paid to values, but not upheld in the company
    Outdated mentality about recruitment: call, call, call, etc

    Advice to Management

    The glut of agencies in the recruitment industry means that the "tried and true" methods don't work anymore. Reed has ceased to offer a "value add" to the recruitment process, especially when consultants are having to compete with deep discounts offered by Needs to be more united, and revisit how reed will fit into the new environment of recruitment.

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Reed Specialist Recruitment Photos

Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: Long service lunch at the Ritz
Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: Marketing Campaign
Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: The Christmas Gift Appeal for East and North Herts NHS Trust Children's Ward
Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: Sir Alec Reed with Roger Mason at The Ritz
Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: One of our long service anniversary lunches hosted by Sir Alec Reed at The Ritz
Reed Specialist Recruitment photo of: Long service award lunch
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Reed Specialist Recruitment Interviews



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    Recruitment Consultant Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied online. I interviewed at Reed Specialist Recruitment.


    way too many stages for a job that pays below the national average wage
    Stage 1: CV Screening
    Stage 2: Online Questionaire
    Stage 3: Telephone Interview
    Stage 4: Role Play
    Stage 5: Face to Face Interview

    Failed at role play because they said my role play sounded scripted as if i was reading off a paper (which I was but what would they expect from someone who has never done recruitment, I thought fluency would be taught at training)

    Had I known about all these stages before I would have never applied!

    Interview Questions

    • Why Reed, Why recruitment, What do you think you will be doing on day to day basis   Answer Question
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