• Supporting candidates during their recruitment journeys
• Dealing with the administration of the recruitment lifecycle:
- supplier phone calls
- compliance administration
- vetting areas of non compliance
• Maintain ongoing relationships with candidates currently in the recruitment process
• Monitor and keep updated compliance records for candidates
• Resolve queries from consultants and candidates in a timely manner
• Processing all paperwork to get a candidate ready for work.
1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?
I thoroughly enjoyed my placement year at Randstad. I was welcomed by everyone on my first day and was given a high quality induction which eased all my nerves. Everyone was friendly and enthusiastic which provided an excellent working environment which can really give you a boost. The tasks I was given varied which meant i was never doing the same thing everyday.
2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?
At Randstad, everyone values each other as a result you really feel part of the team. I was always asked if i had any input in the decision making process which made me feel quite valued. I was also tasked to do high importance tasks which showed the trusts my line manager had in my abilities.
3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?
I was give plenty of support both within work and outside of work. Moving to a new city can be challenging but I was confident I could ask anyone for advice about living in Manchester. In terms of work, I would have quick catch ups with my supervisor to check my progress and if I needed any assistance.
4. How busy were you on a daily basis?
On the daily basis I would say I was moderately busy. There was never a time I had nothing to do and once each assignment was completed there was always something different to do. Obviously, task importance varies too. Some days I would have high priority tasks to do which meant I was very busy and vice versa.
5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?
I was given a lot more responsibility than I thought i would get and with responsibilities come pressure. However, I was never forced to take on tasks I was not comfortable doing and support was always on my right side. All the input i had in the decision making process really motivated me to keep pushing and do my best.
6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?
The skills I have learned while on my placement will really help me when returning to University and in a future job role. I have noticed my time management skills have dramatically improved which will be key going into final year. Furthermore, I have become more commercially aware on the HR service market and how Randstad operates in such an ever expanding market.
7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?
The office had a very much a enthusiastic working environment where everyone was enjoying what they were doing. There is definitely a high performance work culture but it's one that you want to be apart of. There is no pressure and everyone motivates each other to meet goals which makes work life a lot more fun. Friday is dress down day where everyone is certainly more relaxed and we go out for drinks after work.
8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?
The whole process of the placement set up was very well designed. From the Assessment day to the On boarding process everything was very simple to follow. I had regular communication with my line manager before I started my placement and all the questions I had were promptly answered. The Induction and training was also very well organised.
9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?
There was a lot of investment in my personal development. There was a whole week of training in Luton for my induction. This was to ensure I could get the best start possible before starting my new role. Randstad also provide excellent e-learning modules that teaches you everything you need to know about recruitment.
10. What were the perks on your work placement?
Above 25 days holiday
11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?
I have been told that if placement students do well, there is a possibility of being offered a post graduate position. Therefore, when you graduate you can jump straight back into your role and further develop your career. There are also plenty of opportunities to change to different roles within the business.
12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?
There was quite a few of us on placement which made it a lot more fun on Fridays. We all go out with our colleagues for a few drinks and do a pub quiz the end week. There is also five a side football on a Monday which is great to meet other colleagues from different business sectors.
13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?
Manchester can be very expensive but there are a lot of ways in which you can reduce your costs. I live in Fallowfield with a few friends that go to University which means I save around £150 a month compared to living in the city centre. I also have a student bus pass for the year which I use to go everywhere.
14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?
The night life is great. There are so many different pubs, clubs and bars around the area with plenty on. Manchester also has a lot of student events you can go to on weekends so you never feel like you are missing out on anything. There also plenty of cinemas and other activities around if you fancy a more relaxed evening.
15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?
During the week makes it very difficult to organise activities outside of work as a lot of people work long hours and have to commute. However, the activities we do on the Friday I feel compensate this a lot. There's also a Christmas party which is great for meeting other colleagues.