Since it’s kinda hard to find info on these guys I thought I would try as give some info on them as i’ve been through the interview process with them.
Firstly selby jennings is part of Phaidon capital which is also made up of a few other recruitment firms, but they are all connected, and all apart from selby share the same office. Selby has been going for about 7 years, but most of the other organisations associated with selby have been going for a couple of years.
You will initially be invited along to an “assessment centre”, they run these every few weeks and will have about 30 people attending one session which will go on for about 90 mins to 2 hours, and this assessment centre is not a real assessment centre as you would normally expect from someone like KPMG etc, it will basically be you introducing yourself, and selling yourself above the other candidates. If you are successful, then you will be invited along to an interview, and possibly expected to spend an hour or so in the offices to see how you cope, after that you could expect a job offer.
Now my experience with this process:
I found their offices to be a bit shabby (even though they are next to the ritz), and their operations to be micky mouse to be honest, I had a chance to meet a few of the individuals who work there, and I think that if you were to get a job with them you would not be surrounded by the best in the business, it is very much a start up and while they promise high rewards the chances of you getting them are very slim in deed.
A typical day, would be getting to the office for about 7-8am and then working for about 12 hours making cold calls, not really the glamorous life style promised, and they will be on your back the entire time making sure that you are meeting targets, and if your not, then they will just get rid of you. They advertise themselves as having hands on training, but the reality is, you are thrown in at the deep end, and you can ask the guy next to you some questions about what you need to be doing. The stress that would be put on you would be heavy and certainly not for the faint hearted. From my experience, the people who worked there seemed more like second hand car salesmen, and after delving in to their organisation a bit more, their clients are not really the best in the business, and a lot of big companies out there have never heard of them. The promises they make and the online profiles that are available were written when the company was a lot smaller, and the competition between fellow colleagues was a lot less.
When I was invited down for an interview (they don’t refund travel costs like most other companies), they were 15 minutes late seeing me, no apologies were made, and everyone who passed me seemed to ignore me (even the guy who eventually interviewed me), after that, the interview itself only lasted about 20 minutes and the interviewer spent most of that time looking out the window (probably wishing he wasn’t there either). I found them rude and off-putting, something i’ve not experienced with any other company. Needless to say, i wasn’t offered a position with them, and in hindsight i’m very happy about that, as i’ve now come to understand that this is not how companies should behave, and certainly not the correct manner in which an interview should be conducted.
If you are a graduate with actual talent, i wouldn’t recommend applying, and instead I would say to apply for some of the bigger better recruitment firms. A good way to test whether or not the company is a respected recruitment firm is to see how they charge their fees to clients (the companies looking to hire), if they use the contingent model or retained model, a well established and respected firm will use a retained model whereas a non prestigious firm will use the contingent model. The contingent model means that there is no upfront fee.
Hope this helps, and has given anyone looking for more info on this company a bit of an insight in to how they operate.
Good luck job hunting!