On Tuesday 19th and Thursday 21st September 2017, we held our first ever recruitment open day at our G&J Distillers’ site in Warrington. Due to business successes and rapid expansion, we invited applicants to come to one of our morning, afternoon or evening Open Day sessions to discover why we are a genuinely great place to work and more about the exciting manufacturing, engineering and logistics roles on offer in our growing, award-winning organisation. As this was the first time we had thought about doing this, we were unsure of the how successful it would be.
We advertised on Capital FM radio and in the local newspaper, Warrington Guardian, and both resulted in success. We also advertised on our website and various social media platforms. So 2 days before the open day, we confirmed that over 300 people had booked on one of the four sessions, what a great result this was.
So the day arrives and the buzz around the building was fantastic, with more than 40 employees volunteering to help, by conducting interviews, being tour guides, networking and managing assessments. 10am arrived, along with more than 40 attendees. Each was given a name badge which highlighted which roles they were interested in, and they started the session with an overview of the company. When that was finished, you could hear some great feedback from the candidates, who using words like ‘wow’, ‘I never knew that’ ‘I have that drink in my cupboard’, and ‘I want to be part of that’. All candidates were then split into different groups and assigned two leaders, consisting of an interviewee and tour guide, and off they went to have a site tour, a spot the difference type assessment and a speed interview. The first session went to plan and was concluded with all candidates receiving a goody bag to thank them for their time. The same format continued for the next three sessions.
Next was to review all candidates and provide feedback, make offers and invite to assessment centres. It was soon clear that we have some fantastic candidates and the future is certainly bright with so many great people wanting to be part of our journey. We planned our assessment centre for the following Wednesday, with the aim of filling the roles we had vacancies for. This consisted of a group task, role relevant assessment and a detailed interview. Again, the standard was high and we then had the hard decision of agreeing who to make offers to.
We already have some new colleagues who have joined us as a result of the open day, with some more planned for the next few weeks once they have completed their notice period with their current employers. As mentioned, these events were the first recruitment open days we have done but as they have proven so successful, we are looking to run similar events in Ireland and France in the near future. Many thanks once again to all those who have made these Open Days such a resounding success – here’s to some talented new colleagues joining us in Warrington as a result!