Stories of success
Danielle Flegg, Temporaries Consultant at Reed Education, Hounslow, describes how she went from meeting an NQT to placing him in a new role within 24 hours
"I received an application from Ross, a Newly Qualified Teacher. I contacted Ross immediately, and discovered he had applied "on a whim" to my advertised job. From his response, I could tell he was shocked at how quickly I had contacted him!
"Ross revealed he was looking to relocate from Carlisle to the West London area. He was in London for 2 days of intensive interviews that other agencies had arranged with various schools.
"I soon discovered that a disheartened Ross had just left an interview, for which the agency had not informed the school directly of Ross' plans to relocate, and he had arrived suited and booted merely for a walk around the premises with the intention of an interview at a later date.
"I made sure to reassure Ross that this was not the case with Reed Education. I make it a necessity in my role to understand what my candidate is looking for, and understand any complications that may be at hand. Most importantly, I inform my clients of this. (Communication is key!) I also meet my candidates in a registration, which allows me to build a better background and rapport with them before I approach clients and essentially "sell" them to the school. I informed Ross of the jobs that I was currently recruiting for as I knew these would be of interest to him with his current situation.
"I spoke with the headmistress of one of my schools, and informed her that I had Ross with me at the office, detailing Ross' current situation, and that he would be in London for only one more day. The Head immediately spoke to Ross over the phone and arranged to meet with him the next day.
"Ross dropped all of his previous interviews to attend my client's. I prepped him on the potential questions that the head may ask him, giving him the school's direct website and current OFSTED report to study and research. It was important that Ross knew the current background status of the school, to demonstrate his knowledge of the school and so he could explain his reasons for wanting to work there. I would never arrange an interview without first informing and then fully preparing candidates prior to the interview.
"Ross interviewed with the headmistress the next morning, was offered the role on the spot, and gladly accepted! Within the space of 24 hours, we had completed the process for Ross' dream teacher job seamlessly and swiftly."
Danielle, Temporaries Consultant
Reed Education, Hounslow