Inspiring Interns are celebrating creating 1,000 graduate internships. The London-based intern recruitment agency have been helping SMEs connect with young talent since early 2009, using innovative matching techniques such as video CVs to secure their position as market leaders in the internship field. It is this in-depth matching process that has seen over 600 of their placements become permanent jobs.
The use of video CVs and psychometric testing, with a high level of individual engagement with the candidate, has been key to Inspiring Interns’ high level of client satisfaction and thus impressive retention rate, believes founder and CEO Ben Rosen.
“We spend a long time with each applicant, from a preliminary phone interview to a 45 minute one-on-one meeting in our office. This ensures we really understand what motivates them, where their skills and passions lie, and what roles they are best suited to. When we send a candidate to a company it is because we genuinely feel they would be a good fit for both the position and the organisation.
“We have also found that employers really value video CVs as an additional tool in the recruitment process, allowing hiring managers to go beyond the basic paper CV and really get a feel for an applicant’s personality.”
With 1,000 placements under their belts, Inspiring Interns have no shortage of happy customers lining up to sing their praises. Robert Avery of Northern and Shell commented “I have used Inspiring Interns regularly for over a year now. They have consistently provided me with high quality interns, 75% of whom have ended up as permanent employees. I always receive exemplary service – they come highly recommended.”
Samantha Turner, of M&C Saatchi, was both placed by Ben Rosen in her current role and now recruits from him. Highlighting Ben’s “database for a brain and great interpersonal skills”, she is always confident “he’ll find the very best candidate for a position, and vice versa.”
Alongside their innovative and thorough recruitment process, Ben also draws attention to Inspiring Interns’ youthful outlook combined with genuine experience of the graduate employment market as a key to their success.
“Our management team come from strong recruitment backgrounds and have an excellent grounding in helping businesses find the right person for their role. On the other side of the fence we have 10+ recent graduates on our staff who really understand what motivates candidates and are able to better match them with positions as a result.”
Having reached the 1000 mark, Rosen is unequivocal in his vision for Inspiring Interns. “2,000 is next! There are still tens of thousands of graduates looking for work and thousands of companies who are unaware of the benefit hungry young talent can bring to their organisation. Inspiring Interns is committed to bringing the two together, creating jobs and boosting business.”
Inspiring Interns was set up in February 2009 by Ben Rosen when he saw the perfect opportunity to help the growing number of unemployed graduates find their dream jobs and provide help to SMEs looking for top quality staff. They have since placed over 1,000 graduates with small business, creating over 600 graduate jobs.