The Recruitment Reality Podcast

Andrew Wood (aka Woody)

Our mission with this podcast series is to explore the changing recruitment environment from every angle. Surfacing a unique insight into the challenges faced at each stage of the talent equation. In each series, we'll interview candidates, recruiters and technologists to understand their 'Recruitment Reality.' Andrew Wood (aka Woody), has worked in the recruitment industry as both an agency worker and a technology founder. Assessing and placing 10,000+ candidates in his 15 years in the industry. Willo, the business that Woody co-founded, has enabled asynchronous video interviews across 195 countries, and has been involved in over 30,000 hiring decisions! read less
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Episodes

#40 - Attracting Talent Worldwide: Valuing Candidate’s Potential - Dace Straupmane
6d ago
#40 - Attracting Talent Worldwide: Valuing Candidate’s Potential - Dace Straupmane
In this episode of the Recruitment Reality Podcast, I am joined by Dace Straupmane, a Talent Acquisition Manager at SmartLynx, an aviation lending company (think of them as the B2B ‘Uber of aviation’). We discussed SmartLynx’s unique business model and recruitment strategies, specifically how they have had success attracting global talent by valuing candidate’s potential over experience. This has allowed them to invest in junior talents and attract talent from other industries (such as banking).Filling technical roles is a challenge, but SmartLynx has leveraged technology like Willo into their hiring workflow to streamline identification of driven candidates from around the world. Valuing diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Dace mentioned how she has seen her colleagues break role stereotypes. They have so many ladies working as engineers and serving in leading roles of their technical departments.Woody shared his view that the employee of the future is one that knows how to do their job with the help of AI.  Dace also has a positive view of AI for both candidates & recruiters, citing it as a huge time saver with efficiency that reduces stress in the workplace. She wraps up by urging recruiters to leverage modern technologies and candidates to take the time to prepare and communicate throughout the whole interview process.Watch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:Willo: Video Interview Screening Software https://www.willo.videoDace Straupmane, Talent Acquisition Manager at SmartLynx https://www.linkedin.com/in/dacestraupmaneAndrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Willo https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-douglas-woodSmartLynx: aviation lending company https://www.smartlynx.aero
#39 - Bridging the Gap: Early Careers Initiatives - Yasmin Castle
Feb 9 2024
#39 - Bridging the Gap: Early Careers Initiatives - Yasmin Castle
In this episode of the Recruitment Reality Podcast, I am joined by Yasmin Castle, a Talent Acquisition Specialist at Ideagen, a global software company based in Nottingham built for regulated and high-compliance industries. We discussed Ideagen’s hiring methods, early career programs, and the challenges of global recruitment with the varying market trends in the UK and India. One of Ideagen’s early career programs, ‘Think Big,’ incentivizes high schoolers with opportunities to enter the workforce directly without a college degree. Yasmin highlights some challenges with assessing a significant number of candidates while still providing them with meaningful feedback and how Willo has helped them streamline these processes.We explored the effectiveness and impact of artificial intelligence adoption in recruitment and the workplace. We also delved into the importance of feedback and company culture in shaping a company’s employer branding. Yasmin ended the interview by sharing some key advice for recruitment professionals and job applicants.Watch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:Willo: Video Interview Screening Software https://www.willo.videoYasmin Castle, Talent Acquisition Specialist at Ideagen https://www.linkedin.com/in/yasmin-castle-6858751a9Andrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Willo https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-douglas-woodIdeagen: Software Company for Regulated High Compliance Industries  https://ideagen.comiCIMS: Applicant Tracking System https://www.icims.comOktopost: B2B Social Media Management Solutions https://www.oktopost.com
#38 - The Power of a Strong USP: Niche Recruitment Can Thrive in Challenging Times - Rosa Hilmi
Feb 2 2024
#38 - The Power of a Strong USP: Niche Recruitment Can Thrive in Challenging Times - Rosa Hilmi
In this episode of the Recruitment Reality Podcast, I am joined by Rosa Hilmi, the co-founder and managing director of Stellar Select, a niche recruitment consultancy specializing in the lending sector. Rosa shares her insights and experiences in the industry, highlighting the importance of having a strong USP and niche focus in a tough market. Rosa emphasizes the need for recruiters to prioritize the candidate experience and truly listen to their needs and preferences. She discusses the value of providing honest feedback to candidates, even if it's not the news they were hoping for, as it builds trust and fosters long-term relationships. We also discuss the impact of automation and technology on improving the candidate journey and ensuring a seamless recruitment process.  Overall, Rosa's advice to recruiters is to stay positive, adapt to market changes, and focus on building strong relationships with candidates. By prioritizing the candidate experience and maintaining a niche focus, recruiters can thrive in a challenging market and secure long-term success.Watch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:Willo: Video Interview Screening Software https://www.willo.videoRosa Hilmi, Managing Director at Stellar Select https://www.linkedin.com/in/rosa-hilmi-72749414Andrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Willo https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-douglas-woodStellar Select: Specialists in Mortgage and Financial Services Recruitment https://www.stellarselect.co.ukHereFish: Recruitment Automation Software https://herefish.com
#37 - Recruitment Challenges and Innovations in Hiring - Sean Allen
Jan 26 2024
#37 - Recruitment Challenges and Innovations in Hiring - Sean Allen
In this week's episode of the Recruitment Reality Podcast, I had the pleasure of speaking with Sean Allen, a prominent figure in the talent acquisition community. Sean, who is currently the head of talent acquisition at The Very Group  shared his extensive experience in tech recruitment and his role in fostering a vibrant talent community. Sean's journey in recruitment spans over 15 years, starting in agency work and transitioning to in-house roles across various companies. He's also a co-founder and community manager of The Talent Community, a platform for recruiters from all sectors to share knowledge and elevate the industry. During our conversation, Sean discussed the challenges he faced when stepping into his first head of role at  The Very Group particularly learning about new industries beyond tech. He emphasized the importance of employer branding, especially in tech and customer care, and how authenticity in telling a company's story can attract the right talent. We delved into the impact of AI on recruitment, both from the perspective of improving internal processes and the potential concerns around candidates using AI to enhance their applications. Sean believes that AI should be seen as a tool to aid recruiters, not replace them, and that candidates using AI are simply demonstrating their resourcefulness. Sean also shared insights on the evolution of the interview process, advocating for automation to streamline the candidate experience and allow recruiters to focus on more strategic, value-added activities. To wrap up, Sean offered advice for both recruiters and candidates. For recruiters, especially those starting in a new company, he suggested looking for opportunities to automate and integrate processes to save time and improve the candidate experience. For candidates, he encouraged using AI as a smart tool for research but also advised going the extra mile to stand out. Overall, my discussion with Sean Allen provided valuable insights into the dynamic world of talent acquisition and the role of technology in shaping its future.Watch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:Video Interview Screening Software https://www.willo.videoSean Allen, Head of Talent Acquisition at The Very Group https://www.linkedin.com/in/sean1allenAndrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Willo https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-douglas-woodThe Talent Community https://www.thetalentcommunity.netThe Very Group https://www.theverygroup.com
#32 - What really works when trying to improve DEI - Sabrina Houssami
May 23 2023
#32 - What really works when trying to improve DEI - Sabrina Houssami
In this episode of The Recruitment Reality Podcast, I had the pleasure of hosting the amazing Sabrina Houssami, and it was an absolute game-changer! We dove deep into some crucial topics that every leader and aspiring leader should know about. Here's a recap of the fantastic insights Sabrina shared:🔍 Vulnerability as a Leader: Sabrina emphasized the importance of vulnerability in driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives within an organization. She explained how being open and transparent about your own journey and experiences can create a safe space for employees to share their perspectives and foster a culture of trust.🔍 Crafting Questions as a Candidate: Sabrina emphasized the importance of candidates asking thoughtful and strategic questions during job interviews. We explored the significance of candidates demonstrating their curiosity, preparedness, and genuine interest in the organization. Sabrina provided valuable guidance on how to craft questions that showcase your qualifications, align with your values, and help you evaluate if the company is the right fit for you.💸 Tackling Pay Inequality: In the episode, we addressed the critical issue of pay inequality and discussed ways to address it within organizations. Sabrina shared her advice on how to establish transparent salary structures and foster a culture of fairness and equality.🎧 Don't miss out on this empowering episode! Tune in to the podcast to hear Sabrina's expert advice, thought-provoking anecdotes, and actionable steps you can take to enhance DEI in your business.I want to express my deepest gratitude to Sabrina Houssami for her invaluable contributions and for being such an inspiration to leaders everywhere. Her expertise in DEI, talent acquisition, and leadership development is truly remarkable.💼 If you're passionate about creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workplace, this episode is a must-listen! Share your thoughts, insights, and any questions you may have in the comments below. Let's continue the conversation and work together towards building better organizations for everyone. #DEI #LeadershipMatters #InclusionMattersWatch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:CompaniesAvanti Search - Boutique Recruitment Agency in Sydney, AustraliaTech StackWillo.video - Video Interview Screening SoftwareJobAdder - Applicant Tracking System and CRM Recruiting SoftwareZoomInfo TalentOS - Recruiting Database & Management SystemSEEK Talent Search - Australia's largest employment marketplacePeopleSabrina Houssami, Founder & Recruitment Expert at Avanti SearchAndrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Willo
#31 - How To Recruit Future Talent - Kate Wright
May 17 2023
#31 - How To Recruit Future Talent - Kate Wright
In this episode of The Recruitment Reality Podcast,  I had the pleasure of interviewing Kate Wright, Director of Talent Acquisition & Programs at WillowTree Apps. Kate shared with us her valuable insights and experience on how to hire talent for a fast-moving and ever-changing business like WillowTree Apps.During our conversation, Kate explained how her team works closely with project planning to deliver future talent, and how their brand and culture shape the types of individuals that join their business. As a big company with an intimate feel, WillowTree Apps offers a unique work environment that attracts top talent.We also discussed the latest technology that Kate has implemented to drive the success of her business, ensuring that all the technology they choose drives both efficiency and candidate experience. It is possible to create a dynamic and fast-paced environment while delivering top talent in the tech consultancy industry.If you want to learn more about the secrets of recruiting in a dynamic and fast-paced environment, listen to the latest episode of The Recruitment Reality Podcast with Kate Wright. You won't want to miss it! #talentacquisition #recruiting #techconsultancy #podcastWatch on YouTubeRESOURCES MENTIONED:CompaniesWillowTree Apps - We design and build award-winning digital products. And we help shape the teams and process that drive them forward. Tech StackWillo.video - Video Interview Screening SoftwareGreenhouse - Applicant tracking software & hiring platformTextio - Interrupt bias in performance feedback and recruitingPeopleKate Wright, Director of Talent Acquisition & Programs at WillowTree AppsAndrew Wood, COO & Co-founder at Will t