Bytes turns to Apprentice winner for recruitment nous

Apprentice winner Lee McQueen teams up with MS partner Bytes Software Services for a recruitment day with a difference

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Bytes Software Services has teamed up with sales recruitment specialist Raw Talent Academy, the brainchild of 2008 Apprentice winner Lee McQueen as it hunts for sales staff to fill its new office.

Held at Epsom racecourse on 18 February, the event saw a number of applicants put through their paces in a variety of Apprentice­-style tasks, which Raw Talent Academy puts together based on their clients’ requirements.

McQueen set up Raw Talent Academy after leaving Alan Sugar’s digital signage business, Amscreen, at the end of 2010.

The Oxfordshire-based agency believes its methods are a great means of levelling the playing field when it comes to sales recruitment, as it assesses candidates based on performance, and not criteria such as education – meaning someone who left school at GCSE could be in with the same shot as a candidate with a masters degree.

McQueen explained: “We look past a candidate’s CV or previous experience to uncover the ‘raw talent’ that other organisations across the UK are overlooking.

“Our process judges candidates based on their ability and how they perform completing business tasks that replicate working at Bytes. This process sets us apart and allows Bytes to see the candidates’ true attributes.”

Bytes group managing director, Neil Murphy, added: “Off the back of a great year, we are preparing to move to our new Surrey Head Office which is double the size and will allow us to build out our sales teams. We’re excited about our first intake and the on-boarding plan in place to ensure that these become our star performers of the future.”

Whether or not dinosaur impressions were included among the tasks was not disclosed.

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