Trade Plumbing puts candidates on camera

Published:  22 January, 2013

Colchester-based Trade Plumbing has launched a recruitment drive with a difference. Job hunters are urged to get creative with a video camera in their bid to secure employment.

The Harwich Road bathroom, plumbing and heating merchant has six job roles on offer through its 'Big Recruit' programme.

Applications are being sought for the positions of market researcher and online marketing and PR manager, plus two growth marketers and two customer advisors.

The twist is that candidates must submit a video clip of themselves during the second part of the process.

Managing director Peter Clayton explained: "While a CV is an essential part of any job application, it doesn't always show off a candidate's creative, imaginative or resourceful side.

"We are asking applicants to send in a short video of up to two minutes in length where they answer three set questions. We'd like them to describe their main strengths and weaknesses, where they see themselves in five years' time and what they would call a book about themselves.

"We know this is an unusual way of recruiting new staff, but we believe it will highlight their personalities and their passion for becoming part of our team."

Candidates can use video cameras or the video functions on their smartphones, Mr Clayton said. "They are also welcome to pop into Kat Creativ on Butt Road in Colchester to borrow equipment," he added.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a live selection process at Tuesday 29 January at 6pm.The session will include a series of activities designed to test candidates' technical skills, personal attributes and compatibility with the Trade Plumbing team.

"The applicants with the best attributes will be invited for a two-day trial at our office in Harwich Road to get first-hand experience of the job roles," Mr Clayton explained. "If everything goes smoothly, they will be hired."

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