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Welcome to our online recruitment case study hub. Find out more about some of the clients we have worked with over the past few years, how our relationships and recruitment solutions differ for each client and read what they have to say about our recruitment process.
Semetrical - digital marketing agency
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Semetrical
Semetrical are an award winning full-service digital marketing agency, who offer services in SEO, content marketing, digital PR, social media, paid media, CRM & web analytics.
We first began working with Semetrical in June 2014, when Semetrical was transitioning from a consultancy of 4 directors into a digital marketing agency.
During that summer, we helped Semetrical to place the agency's first two graduates - Ben Beckwith and Rory Hope. As of 2019, those 2 graduates are now in the Semetrical leadership team as the Head of SEO and the Head of Inbound Marketing respectively.
Ben and Rory have hired, trained and now manage a collective 20 employees for Semetrical across 2 departments, and have contributed significantly to the agency's growth. During that time, Semetrical have been awarded Best Small SEO Agency at the EU Search Awards 2017, and Best Small SEO Agency at the UK Search Awards 2019.
Ben and Rory were the account leads for the 2 campaign awards the agency have picked up over the years; including Best PPC Campaign at the EU Search Awards 2017, and the Best Use of Search in B2B at the EU Search Awards 2019.
Over the last 5 and a half years, Give A Grad A Go have worked with Semetrical to place an additional 17 graduates across all departments. A number of these graduates have progressed to management and senior positions at the agency, and they have significantly contributed to Semetrical being nominated for 'Agency of the Future Awards' due to their talent and ambition.
We knew that we needed to offer Semetrical a bespoke, high level graduate recruitment solution that could help them identify talent and personalities aligned with their unique culture. This was a challenge, but Semetrical's growth is a reflection of the quality of our approach to graduate recruitment.
Our case study on recruitment and selection process
With their hiring requirements in mind, we assigned Semetrical an Account Manager who had experience hiring for similar tech & digital roles. They were able to tap into their personal network of suitable candidates, and market the role accordingly, all with a clear view of Semetrical's hiring goals.
The search for top digital marketing candidates involved advertising on our own job board and on our network of the UK's leading creative, marketing & tech job boards, as well as email marketing to our current database of over 250,000 job seekers.
Semetrical have hired a total of 19 graduates, 2nd and 3rd jobbers through Give A Grad A Go; across roles including Content Specialist, SEO Executive, Digital Analyst, Social Media Executive, Paid Media Manager and PPC Manager.
Hiring at a graduate level and through to more senior roles has given Semetrical access to the full scope of our database, marketing and wider network.
Feedback from Semetrical
"At Semetrical, we have grown exponentially over the past 5 and a half years and this has been driven by the 'drum beat' of graduate recruitment.
I used Give A Grad A Go to find my own first graduate job here at Semetrical in 2014, and we have continued to rely on their expert graduate recruitment solutions during our journey to the award-winning full service digital marketing agency we are today.
In total, 19 graduates have been hired through Give A Grad A Go and our brief was for them to identify talented, ambitious graduates who align with our cultural values of integrity, positivity, ambition and innovation.
The calibre of graduate provided by Give A Grad A Go has been nothing short of exceptional, and they truly listen to our business needs to provide a bespoke solution per role. They have surpassed expectations time and time again, and we look forward to using Give A Grad A Go in the future to continue our growth at Semetrical."
Rory Hope, Head of Inbound Marketing at Semetrical
Dentsu Aegis Network - multinational media and digital company
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Dentsu Aegis Network
Dentsu Aegis Network is a multinational media and digital marketing communications company, that is currently the 4th-largest media group in the world. Comprised of 10 global network brands, and with over 40,000 employees across 145 countries, they offer a wide range of services in media, branding, and digital communications.
In August 2018, Amplifi (the media investment division of Dentsu Aegis Network) approached us with the goal of making multiple hires for their Graduate Rotational Scheme. Having received few applications on their own job advertisements, Amplifi wanted to have made 8 hires onto their Graduate Programme by January 2019 - but did not have the large network of junior talent they would require to do so.
Our graduate recruitment solution
With Amplifi's unique requirements and hiring goals in mind, we wanted to come up with a solution that would make the right candidates want to apply for the opportunity, simplify the hiring process for Amplifi, and would also provide constant support and guidance to candidates, ensuring effective onboarding and a minimal drop-off rate.
Our solution was to build a custom careers microsite that would promote the opportunity to our vast database and wider student network. The content of the microsite would give candidates an insight into the business and the opportunity itself. The site would also be used to gather applications, and provide a point of contact and ongoing support for candidates.
As the microsite began to receive applications, we would then arrange a 40-person assessment day to take place in October 2018, by screening, vetting and shortlisting the top candidates on behalf of Amplifi.
With Amplifi looking for such a quick turnaround, it was essential that we implemented a clear project plan for the site build, development and subsequent recruitment process. Our creative team initially worked with Amplifi to build and deploy the microsite. Then, we assigned a dedicated Account Manager to the project, who handled the site day-to-day by responding to all applications, vetting the top candidates, and arranging the assessment day.
With Amplifi looking for such a quick turnaround, it was essential that we implemented a clear project plan for the site build, development and subsequent recruitment process. Our creative team initially worked with Amplifi to build and deploy the microsite.
Then, we assigned a dedicated Account Manager to the project, who handled the site day-to-day by responding to all applications, vetting the top candidates, and arranging the assessment day.
Following several rounds of feedback from the client, 40 well-matched candidates attended Amplifi's assessment day in October 2018. From these candidates, Amplifi successfully made 8 graduate hires onto their Rotational Scheme, to start at the beginning of 2019.
When Dentsu look to hire their next wave of graduates, the intention is to develop the microsite further, in order to advertise other roles and graduate programmes.
Brainlabs - data and automation marketing agency
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Brainlabs
Brainlabs is an award-winning performance marketing agency that uses data and automation to drive exceptional results for their clients.
Having always been at the cutting-edge of digital marketing, Brainlabs' team is comprised of a number of highly technical marketers - often with science, maths or tech backgrounds, rather than a grounding in traditional marketing.
When we began working with Brainlabs in May 2017, they had been in operation for 5 years. Having already grown rapidly from founding stages to a team of 100+ employees, their own internal hiring team were making huge numbers of hires - but they needed further support.
Our graduate recruitment solution
Looking for a wave of bright, ambitious graduates with the technical capabilities to support their business and facilitate further growth, Brainlabs decided to work with us on a retained basis. Due to the sheer amount of hires they were making, this would drastically reduce their cost per hire.
With their unique requirements in mind, we assigned Brainlabs an Account Manager with experience recruiting for technical roles, who already had a network of suitable candidates and a clear understanding of Brainlabs' hiring goals.
The search involved sourcing candidates from the top UK universities, all of whom had a good technical grounding, then providing a thorough screening to ensure that they were the right fit for Brainlabs' business and dynamic working environment. Once Brainlabs had been presented with a carefully curated shortlist of candidates, they were able to review our selection and provide their feedback.
By maintaining a strong line of communication throughout the process, we were able to alter and refine our search according to their feedback and process developments, and ultimately present them with the most suitable candidates for their requirements. Since May 2017, we have helped Brainlabs make a number of permanent placements, in roles including Display Account Managers and Software Developers.
Google DeepMind - Case study
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Google DeepMind
DeepMind is a leading research facility that uses AI to respond to some of the world’s most complex problems. Having been acquired by Google in 2014, they now have additional research centres in Canada and the US – and as a result, their team has more than trebled in size.
Case study on recruitment and selection with solution
With their internal hiring team focusing on recruiting senior academics and researchers to join the business, DeepMind were looking for a reliable service that would allow their team to continue their day-to-day work, whilst simultaneously being able to hire junior talent efficiently and cost-effectively.
When they first approached us in December 2016, Google DeepMind were Looking to hire candidates with 1-2 years’ experience, predominantly in HR and recruitment roles. To accommodate their requirements, we assigned them a dedicated Account Manager who had extensive experience in hiring for similar roles. Due to the unique nature of DeepMind’s business, and the level of experience they were looking for, their Account Manager was crucial to finding and shortlisting the right candidates - those with 1 years’ experience or more, who were looking to take the next step in their career.
Each time Google DeepMind have come back to us to hire again, we have been able to respond to their needs by sourcing, screening and vetting the top candidates on their behalf, allowing their internal team to focus on recruiting senior-level talent.
Houst - Airbnb management platform
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Houst
Houst is the largest and fastest-growing Airbnb management platform in the world, currently handling over 2,000 homes across 23 global cities.
When we began working with them in 2015, Houst were in their very earliest stages, coming back to us intermittently to make ad-hoc hires.
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In July 2017, when Houst had been in operation for 2 years, they raised by far their biggest round of funding yet. Growing rapidly, and expanding into multiple different cities, Houst were looking to build up their team in not just London, but in many other UK cities, too. They wanted to find fresh talent to grow their startup team quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively - something that would be a challenge without the time, internal workforce, or the pool of candidates they would require.
Our solution was to assign Houst a dedicated Account Manager who had experience working with similarly fast-growing startups, and who could offer them both insider knowledge of the graduate market, and advice on hiring strategy.
Tasked with sourcing candidates across several UK cities, we then marketed the opportunities to our database of 300,000+ candidates, arranged travel for candidates to attend interviews, and handled administrative duties on their behalf.
Over the last 15 months of working with Houst, we have helped them make multiple hires for their graduate programme.
Alpha FX - London foreign exchange specialist
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Alpha FX
Alpha FX is a London Stock Exchange-listed foreign exchange specialist, that works with a number of global businesses and institutions, helping them to manage their FX exposure.
With their business model centred around providing an exceptional level of customer service to their clients, Alpha approached us in 2013 looking to recruit for not only finance-related roles, but to hire a number of candidates who could support their company vision and facilitate further growth.
Our graduate recruitment solution
Looking to hire for roles ranging from FX Brokers and Project Coordinators to highly technical Software Developers and IT Support Technicians, Alpha wanted to gain access to our vast and diverse pool of junior talent, as well as our wider student network.
To accommodate the breadth of roles they were looking for, we felt it would be more beneficial to assign Alpha different Consultants based on each of their opportunities, rather than one to work on all of their junior hiring. The Consultants' searches involved sourcing candidates at different levels, and from different backgrounds, conducting thorough candidate screenings, and submitting a shortlist of vetted candidates for the client's review, to ensure they matched exactly what Alpha were looking for.
Since they started working with us in 2013, Alpha have always had a point of contact in one primary Account Manager, who has been able to relay any changes to their requirements and hiring objectives to the rest of the team.
Consistently, though, Alpha FX have benefitted from having different Consultants' broad networks of candidates, for each one of their unique opportunities and its requirements.
Having now worked with Alpha for over 5 years, many of the graduates we have placed are still within the company, with several standout examples - including a candidate placed in 2013 now a Director.
Rothschild & Co - wealth and asset management
Give A Grad A Go's relationship with Rothschild & Co
Rothschild & Co are one of the world's largest independent financial advisory groups. With over 50 global offices, they are extremely well known in the fields of global advisory, wealth / asset management, and merchant banking.
Rothschild & Co were looking to outsource the time-consuming process of sourcing, vetting and hiring great junior talent; and used Give A Grad A Go's graduate recruitment services to help them discover their next wave of top candidates.
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From the start, the Hiring Manager stressed to Give A Grad A Go that every shortlisted candidate needed to have both business acumen and the right personality for their business. With their precise requirements in mind, we assigned them an Account Manager who had plenty of experience recruiting for finance-related roles, a good understanding of their company culture, and a number of suitable candidates already in mind.
Upon introduction, the Account Manager worked closely with the Hiring Manager to define a detailed hiring strategy. Next, the Account Manager conducted a thorough vetting process, including both face-to-face and telephone screenings, and provided Rothschild & Co with a shortlist of well-matched candidates within just a few days.
Throughout the screening process, we made sure that each applicant not only showed interest in financial markets, but had thoroughly researched the company itself; guaranteeing that Rothschild & Co would have a good number of suitable, vetted, and well-prepared candidates to choose from.
Having worked with the Hiring Manager to define the company's hiring requirements at the start, they have been able to outsource the recruitment process, trust our selections, and focus on other aspects of their business. Having now made a several successful hires, they have returned to us on a number of occasions looking to recruit for similar roles. Testament to the calibre of candidates we have placed at Rothschild & Co, many of them have developed with the business; with a fresh graduate we placed back in 2014 now in a senior role within the company, as an Associate.
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