Did you evaluate other recruiters in the market first?
When I started at UneeQ, it was on the back of the Series A capital raise. We knew we were going to grow the team significantly and wanted to establish a deeper relationship with a preferred recruiter, rather than working with multiple recruiters on the same or similar roles. Yes, we did evaluate other recruiters, including those that UneeQ had previously worked with.
What made you decide to go with Talent Army?
It was a combination of things. Rather than coming in and telling us how amazing they were, Talent Army asked great questions and listened to us and our challenges. They weren’t pushy or arrogant. They also had strong industry and market knowledge as well as great relationships with a lot of people in the NZ tech ecosystem. Plus they were easy to get along with and super reliable. Their communication and follow through was excellent. Their rates were very competitive as well.
Talent Army offered us a solution which was much more valuable than just sending us CV’s. They were able to tailor a recruitment approach that worked with our type of company at our stage of growth and provide wrap-around support when it came to building assessments and advising on salaries.
How did Talent Army help solve the challenges you faced?
Talent Army took a lot of the heavy lifting of tech recruiting off our hands, from sourcing great people to setting up interviews, to running our ATS. Their deep technical knowledge gave them the ability to understand if someone would be a good fit for our tech stack. In a period of growth, where our technical leaders cannot dedicate all of their time to recruitment, this allowed our team to focus on our own jobs day to day, spending their recruiting time meeting with pre-screened candidates.
They also gave us the ability to access great candidates in the market who were not actively looking for jobs. This was especially important when borders shut and the market was super tight.
Talent Army advised on market salaries which helped us with accurate budgeting when we were filling roles, and was also really useful when it came time to do our company-wide salary reviews.
What are the things you loved most about working with Talent Army?
It felt like a really genuine relationship. Not at all a traditional “recruiter/ client” or transactional relationship. We entered into a relationship of trust and respect with them.
I would often talk with the people we hired via Talent Army and the overwhelming feedback was Dan and the team were massive advocates and ambassadors of our company. They said Talent Army was great to work with from a candidate experience which was important to us as well.
I cannot think of any instances where Talent Army was not able to fill a role they were briefed on. Some roles took longer of course and I really appreciated how Dan didn’t sugar coat challenges, he was great with communicating progress and challenges along the way so we could adapt and manage the work we needed to do internally. There were never any promises made that were not fulfilled which kept trust really high.
If I was to reflect on why our relationship with Talent Army was so successful, a huge part of it was because they took the time and care to really understand our business. Their briefing process is comprehensive and super effective and that meant not only did they understand what we were looking for, but they also understood what the experience was likely to be like for candidates coming into UneeQ.
What would you say to other people considering us?
Do it. You won’t regret it. They are excellent at what they do. The team is great, the experience is enjoyable, and the quality of people that comes through is exceptionally high.
You will love working with the team at Talent Army