The purpose of Agility in Mind’s recruitment process is to establish that there is a good fit between our needs and aspirations for the development of the business, with the aspirations and capabilities of prospective team members. Our philosophy is not about whether people pass or fail tests along the way but more about finding out what we’re all looking for and ensuring we make the best decisions about hiring or joining that we can.
The process is designed to be as lean as possible, ensuring no-one wastes time if there isn’t a potentially good match.
The first step is most definitely with the candidate, for them to assess the potential match, which is why we ask for them to answer the following question:
- What attracts you to Agility in Mind and what do you have to offer?
There is a 300-word limit, so as not to burden anyone with too much writing at this stage, but we find that those who approach this limit generally make a better case for matching the two parties. This is the prospective candidate’s opportunity to make a first good impression. We will review the response in detail, and we will look for original work, so we know that thought has been applied. We also offer the following guidance which might help to make the most of this initial investment:
- Answer both parts of the question
- Demonstrate, as well as you can, that you know what we do and how we do it
- Be clear about your aspirations and personal development
- Don’t copy content, especially from your online profile
- Use straightforward language as we won’t be impressed by hype or clichés
- Pay attention to spelling and punctuation
- Make things explicit and don’t expect us to draw conclusions
We don’t ask for a CV and are happy to use a LinkedIn profile. Since this is largely what provides a first impression to the team at Agility in Mind and how we make our first assessment that you’re qualified to join the team, it maybe in your interest to ensure:
- It’s up to date
- It clearly describes what you have done and the outcomes you have achieved
- It summarises key relevant skills