9th September 2017
What's it like to work here?
I am currently looking to add one or two individuals to our team. As a small and newish business, we don’t yet have a recognisable brand name, so I am often asked what our culture is like.
We don’t enter the office down a slide like Google or encourage employees to sing a company song like IBM, but we do have a unique and non-cheesy culture which I hope some readers will identify with.
Even though the 3 consultants here have been in NHS recruitment for a ridiculous amount of years, we approach our work with an urgency and fervour which may surprise you. Each of us has chosen to specialise in NHS as we enjoy the sector, and we are passionate about doing our job well.
It’s in our name and it’s in our nature – every single consultant here has worked for at least 3 other recruitment companies, some more professional than others…… This experience has shaped how WE want to work and ensures we apply consistently high standards. Relationships with our clients and candidates are open and honest and based on respect. We are fiercely protective of our professional reputation and this comes across in how hard we work and with the integrity which drives our business.
I wouldn’t work here if it wasn’t fun. Don’t get me wrong, we ARE under pressure and face considerable challenges in recruiting into the NHS in the wake of rate caps, restricted budgets and the IR35 revolution, but working with people I genuinely like, whose recommendations I value and who make me laugh makes it worth getting up at 6am for. A normal day consists of banter about Giles’s hair, discussions about what to have for lunch and a healthy amount of NHS geeky chat, you don’t know what you are missing!
One of the main reasons I joined IP was to have more autonomy, responsibility and control over my career. We are mature in how we manage our businesses, each of us accountable for our own success and defining the direction we travel in. There is a culture of individual responsibility but the feeling of being â€œin it togetherâ€. We work flexibly to allow for gym sessions, school parents’ meetings and ridiculously long cycle rides. Some things are more important than work – not many things, but some things.
All of us have left great jobs in leading recruitment companies to be part of Interim Professionals and we are all determined to make it work. This is not all fun and games, the flip side of a small, specialised business is that everything you do is exposed – if you have a bad day, everyone around you is aware of it but equally when things are going well you know it’s because of how you have handled the situation and it makes you feel proud. Besides, it’s inspiring to be the underdog, working hard for every little win, in your own way.
As a small and young business, we are flexible in the way we grow. If you currently work for a staid and static business or an organisation in decline, we could present a fresh and enticing challenge. We are here for the long haul and want to hear from self-motivated, unique, talented, ambitious and hardworking consultants – if you like the sound of our company and our culture, give me a call to discuss further, just don’t expect to turn up to work via a slide, as that’s just weird.