Described by Claude Littner as an ‘Australian Ricky’ - but did he live up to the reputation? 

 

It’s been another entertaining series of The Apprentice this year and no doubt we were all on the edge of our seats watching Bianca Miller and Mark Wright battle it out in the final task. I am sure most of us would agree that both candidates deserved to be in the final.

After a grueling 12 weeks, Mark Wright was finally crowned as the 10th Apprentice winner. And it came as no surprise; Mark showed himself to be a worthy candidate throughout the process should be congratulated on his outstanding performance. 

I am really looking forward to seeing another Apprentice winner embarking on a career in ‘selling a service’ as opposed to a commercial product. Mark’s business idea involves digital marketing and search engine optimisation to help push small and medium sized businesses up online searches. I can appreciate Mark’s business aspirations in terms of providing a service to clients/customers as similarly, my business idea was to offer a service.  

Mark should be respected for what he has achieved. His desire to start up a new business in a very competitive market place in another country was an extremely brave decision. I can completely relate to how hard it is to start a business in a crowded market place. However sometimes, its challenges like these that drive you even further to achieving your goals. 

I absolutely love watching The Apprentice and it’s no secret that year was especially exciting for me. I could never have imagined that I would be sitting on the opposite of the desk as the interviewer – when only two years ago I was an interviewee! It was a surreal experience for me. Having been a candidate myself, I can really appreciate how gruelling and intense the interview experience must have been for the remaining five candidates. 

Advice for Mark 

Lord Sugar has not just invested in Mark’s business idea; he has invested in him as a person. Mark has showed some incredible attributes throughout the 12 week process. He came across as having the right ‘people skills’ that Lord Sugar is looking for. Lord Sugar invests time and money in people who show they can commit to making their ideas happen. And having interviewed him myself, it was clear he not only had relevant knowledge, skills and experience he genuinely had the passion and drive to succeed. For those reasons, I am confident he will be successful. 

Final thoughts 

I graduated as a Biochemist back in 2006 and this fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science sector. I then spent over seven years working in the recruitment sector on behalf of the science community. I really enjoyed working in the recruitment industry, talking to clients and candidates from the science field supporting science jobs / careers. 

At that moment in my career, I felt I had reached a point where I had the relevant qualifications and experience to set up my own recruitment agency. Those who know me, know that science is a subject I am extremely passionate about. My goal was to set up my own recruitment scientific consultancy. So in 2012 I applied for the Apprentice. Wow! What a life changing experience that was.

Winning the Apprentice and receiving that all important £250 cash injection from Lord Sugar meant that my dream became a reality. I was able to finally set up my own company, Hyper Recruitment Solutions. Two years on my ambition to develop the landscape of science recruitment and make a positive impact to the Science & Life Sciences industries is a reality. It just shows that with hard work, commitment and dedication you can achieve your goals. 

The movement you hear the words “You’re hired” your life instantly changes. I wish Mark every success with his new company and welcome him to The Apprentice family! Oh and Mark - don’t forget to think about HRS when you need to recruit for your future sales workforce - just give one of our friendly recruitment consultants a call and we will find the right people for you ;)

My advice to anyone who is thinking about setting up a new business, is to never give up on your dreams, always follow your passions. If you fail the first, second or third time, don’t give up. Think positive and keep going.

So if you’ve been inspired to follow your business dream why not apply for next year’s Apprentice. Think you’ve got what it takes to be Lord Sugar’s next business partner? Apply now what have you got to lose? 

 



Next Round: The Interview Stage




With just two more episodes of The Apprentice to go, this year has proved to be yet another exciting series. It’s been an entertaining 10 weeks for everyone sitting watching at home, but let’s not forget this is actually a recruitment process. Next week will be the “interview” stage where the remaining five candidates will face the toughest round of the process. And speaking from experience, I know exactly how that feels. The interviews are real. The focus will be on CVs, application forms and business plans so in actual fact, it is no different to how candidates are hired in the real world. For the candidates this will be an important and crucial stage of the selection process.


I am especially looking forward to the interview stage this year. Why? I hear you asking. Well I am pleased to announce that I have been invited back by Lord Sugar to be part of the interview panel. Yes, that’s right I, alongside Claude Littner, Claudine Collins and Mike Soutar will be interviewing the five remaining candidates.

Why me? Apart from being a qualified recruitment professional who interviews people on a day to day basis, I’ve been involved in the hiring process across many of Lord Sugar’s companies, as well as for my own company, HRS. Moreover, having been a candidate on The Apprentice myself, I know exactly what it feels like to be grilled by the interviewers! And believe me, it’s tough. With this blend of experience I bring valuable expertise and a new dimension to this stage of the selection process and it is for these reasons I was asked to be on the panel as an interviewer by Lord Sugar.

 


The process began with a shortlist of 20 candidates however, only one will be announced at the winner of The Apprentice. That winner will received that all important £250,000 investment for a 50:50 business partnership with Lord Alan Sugar. For me it feels like it was yesterday. It’s still hard to believe that it’s been two years since I won The Apprentice. I have since set up my own specialist Science and Technology Recruitment Consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions, which is continuing to go from strength to strength.  As part of our services at HRS, we personally support jobseekers with preparing for an interview and making the right impression. We also offer services to our clients in running assessment days and interviewing on their behalf to make the right selections for the behavioural and skills fit to their business. Something which I am proud to bring to The Apprentice this year.

The real life lesson here is that you never really know what the future will hold. You never know who you will end up working for or alongside. If someone had told me two years ago, that I’d be sitting on the opposite side of the table as one of the interviewers on The Apprentice I wouldn’t have believed them in a million years! How ironic, the people who once grilled me during the interviews are now my peers and next week I will share the panel with them!

So, reflecting on my experience my advice is, whoever you are meeting, speaking with or even being interviewed by, make sure you leave a long lasting and positive impression on them. Who knows one day the shoe may be on the other foot. Perhaps they will become your peers. I see it happening time and time again in the recruitment world. You only get one chance to make a good first impression, so make sure you get it right, as who knows what will happen in the future?

After the interviews in next week’s episode, there will only be two candidates left in the process. I wonder who we will see battling it out in the final! I wish all the finalists the best of luck for the final stages of the process as things become more real than ever at this stage. I look forward to seeing the winner join Lord Sugar in another new business venture and helping them on their way.

The interview stage of The Apprentice airs on Wednesday 17th December at 9pm on BBC One. 



Here’s our MD Ricky Martin completing the Ice Bucket Challenge, showing his support for the charity MNDA. 

Importantce of scientific research

Scientific research helps us understand the world around us. It’s this research that helps us to understand how things work and why certain things look or behave the way they do. Most importantly, research can also help save or prolong human life. This is something that we all need to think about. Without science where would we be?

HRS are extremely passionate about providing recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. This is the industry that changes and saves lives! So if you’re passionate about science and really want to help make a difference to the industry why not get in touch today and ask us about our science jobs.

 
Two years on, HRS has supported over 1000 jobs in science!
So who says there's no jobs in science?
 
 
A world without science
 
Every time you turn a light on, start a car, open a refrigerator – it’s there. Now imagine a world without cars, TVs, transport, major medical advances or anything that involves science. We are so heavily reliant on being scientifically advanced, we wouldn't be able to survive without it. 
 
Science is all around us, it's everywhere, we simply can’t live without it. Let's not forget, if we want to improve the quality of our lives we need to ensure we continue to make advancements.
 
 
How Hyper Recruitment Solutions was founded
 
2006 was the year I graduated as a Biochemist from Cardiff University. This fuelled my passion for a career in the Life Science Sector. After I left university I spent several years working in science recruitment passionately supporting scientists with their careers. My long term ambition was to help the industry really make a difference and to do so I wanted to focus my efforts on supporting careers in science by offering as many professional science jobs as possible.
 
With financial investment from Lord Sugar in 2012, I was able to fulfil my dream and set up my own specialist consultancy, Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS).To create a truly specialist scientific recruitment agency I made the decision to employ scientists and train them in recruitment. Everyone who works at HRS is passionate about science. This is our driving force. We thrive on working alongside companies who are focused on making the world a better place for all.
 
 
 
 
 
 "Our vision is to provide recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all. 
We aim to provide a service to areas of actual need which have an impact on us all."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our consultants are scientists!
 
We want to succeed based on reputation, relationships and a passion for science and this is how the science community works. 
 
By ensuring our consultants come from the field and are interested in it, we create both a service of excellence and one which ensures we can build real relationships. We can be honest and professional about how careers can develop. All of which fall in line with our key company values.
 
 
Where are we now?
 
We support science jobs at all levels and from any discipline. This could be from working for a Pharmaceutical company who is developing new and existing therapeutics or an FMCG business who is making the latest consumer products in a sustainable and efficient way.
 
Two years later, we have proudly supported over 1000 science jobs and technology jobs. HRS has gone from a company with no infrastructure, customers, no reputation, to a successful business with clients across ten countries and a candidate base throughout the world.
 
So if you're looking for a science job, get in touch today. Our consultants would be more than happy to help you with your career in science!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Hyper Recruitment Solutions (HRS) is committed to providing highly compliant and specialist recruitment consultancy dedicated to the Science and Technology communities.We are a recruitment consultancy that not only cares about our markets, people and community, but are actually a real part of them too. Since our launch in 2012, HRS has made a real impact in our market and we are honoured that we have been short listed in the categories of ‘Most Inspiring Leader' - Ricky Martin and 'Most Inspiring Newcomer' - Eve Hegarty.
 
“A collaboration of scientists supporting science”
 
Our professional and knowledgeable team of consultants have personal academic or industry expertise in science ensuring we deliver real life expertise and are true subject matter “consultants”, not just recruiters. Each consultant is given their own area of scientific expertise to empower and develop them. Everyone works directly with Ricky and Lord Sugar to develop their expertise in what we can only say is a unique way. This includes support on recruitment expertise, subject area knowledge (Ricky for Science and Lord Sugar for Technology) as well as promoting and supporting our social media and website reach.
 
HRS really is a highly specialist consultancy that not only cares about our markets, people and community, but are actually are part of them also. We may be a new player in the market place, however we are full of expertise, passion and commitment to both recruitment and the scientific communities.
It's not simply a case of finding the right science jobs and technology jobs for our candidates, we genuinely want to help people further their careers and reach their full potential within these fields. Providing recruitment solutions which will assist in the improvement and quality of life for all is a philosophy we all value at HRS.
 
Read our testimonials to find out what our clients, candidates and suppliers are saying about us.
 
We are honoured that HRS has been short listed for these awards. Being a finalist and winning an award can have a substantial impact on your career and company. This will certainly continue to drive our passion and determination to further exceed expectations.
 
The Recruiter Investing in Talent Awards 2014 is taking place 22 October 2014 at the Congress Center, London.
 
Congratulations to all the finalists, I wish you all the best of luck and look forward to celebrating with you at the awards ceremony next month! l potential within these fields.
 

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