What We've Learnt:

9 Ways to Recruit Better

Strategies that work when hiring.


Take Our Word For It

Since 1989, Paul Mitchell Associates has developed a specialised body of knowledge on what makes for long-lasting success in recruitment.

As a client of PMA, you will have access to all these benefits – plus so much more.

Here are just nine of the hiring strategies you should employ:


The Most Important Decision

The effect someone has on your business depends more on this question than any other: Why are they the right fit for us?

Loyalty and performance hinge less on salary and more on how well their character fits. It pays to define your brand’s personality before you hire.

Your customers will never love your company unless your employees love it first.


The Promise

The second most important decision is this: what should you promise the candidate?

Our clients know in order to recruit and retain the right people, it pays to promise a benefit which is competitive and unique. And you must deliver the benefit you promise.

Those who fail to do so risk losing their best and brightest to competitors – or worse.


Story Appeal

Alone – like a CV – a job description rarely stands out. Candidates will see hundreds of competing advertisements. Most are overlooked.

As brand ambassador, PMA has achieved lasting success for clients by revealing their unique culture, reputation and vision. Potent storytelling allows people to imagine a future with our clients before taking the leap – reducing the risk for both parties.


Resist Recycling Roles

Many employers all too easily revert to their original job specification when seeking a replacement. This can be a mistake.

Most people resign because the reality of the job does not match the promise.

Experience – and our clients – tells us that a period of self-reflection and revision is essential for long-term staff retention. Those who fail to adapt risk repeating costly mistakes.


Minimise Risk

The surest path to recruitment overspend is by not spending enough to do the job properly. Attempts to economise at the expense of quality invariably increases risk. People often come to us having spent time and money on ineffective advertising – or with a no-frills agency – with little to show.

Our clients choose to invest in PMA’s first-class service in order to minimise risk, safe in the knowledge that they haven’t sacrificed quality.

Reputation is Everything

A bad agency is like a grifter. They flatter to deceive, take your money and vanish, often leaving a mess. If you work with sharks, you will get bitten.

With a sterling reputation founded as specialists in financial recruitment, our clients know we cannot afford to make false promises or come up short. Our testimonials are proof of their return on investment. Never swim with sharks.

Business Partnering

We spend a lot of time with clients. Being a niche agency allows this. We see this as the best way to get to know their businesses. It builds confidence, helping us to form strong, long-lasting partnerships.

The recommendations we make to our clients should be the recommendations we would make if we owned their companies. This earns their respect, which is the greatest asset we can have.


Do Not Wait!!

No matter how prestigious the company; applicants will not wait indefinitely.

Those who protract the recruitment process – or fail to communicate effectively – invariably risk losing great candidates to their more pro-active competitors.

Our most successful clients are also the most decisive. They don’t wait for an arbitrary number of CVs when all they really need is one great one.

Hire Bigger Than Yourself

Insecurity or ego often leads people to hire beneath them. Yet the surest way to stifle any business is to hire small. So too does hiring smart people only to ignore and supress their creative insights.

Great people hire great people – enabling their business to become greater. Our clients know the value of hiring smart people who can tell them what to do.