What do recruitment agencies do? Recruitment companies are 'middle men' on the job market that connect potential employers with the right candidates or their job vacancies. It's true that some people may never have found their dream job without the help of a recruitment agency, so recruitment agencies are very valuable. Today we're going to look at some of the different things that recruitment agencies do, so you can decide whether or not you'd be interested in using one in the future.

Working with companies to fill vacancies

Learning about job vacancies

The first thing that recruitment agencies do is liaising with companies that have job vacancies. They might reach out to companies with vacancies, or the companies might reach out to them. Either way, the recruiter will start to gather a list of job vacancies that a particular company needs filling. 

It's important that the recruiter finds out as much information as possible about the job vacancies so that they can find the perfect candidates for the job later down the line. 

Sourcing candidates

Once the recruitment agency has all the information about the jobs, they can start to source suitable candidates. This happens in two different ways. Either:

  • The recruiters sift through their database of existing candidates looking for jobs, highlighting anyone that's a good fit for the role(s). 
  • The recruiters post the job vacancies online, allowing potential candidates to apply for the job role(s) directly.

Assessing candidates

It's likely that the recruitment agency will hold some preliminary interviews with the potential candidates. This helps them create a shortlist of the very best candidates for the job, that can then be handed over to the client/company. 

To assess candidates, recruitment agencies might hold telephone interviews, face-to-face interviews, or ask the candidates to complete a test. These initial stages in the recruitment process can take up a lot of time for companies, which is why it's beneficial to outsource this work and be presented with a shortlist of the best candidates at the end.

Working with candidates to find jobs

Alongside working with the clients to help them find the right candidates, recruitment agencies also work directly with job-seekers to help them find their dream jobs. This process is slightly different!

Learning about the candidate

A candidate will typically get in touch with a recruitment agency when they've decided to look for a new job. They may be unemployed, looking to progress, or interested in a career change. The recruitment agency will spend some time getting to know the candidate, their skills, their job expectations, desired job locations, and much more. All of this information can be used by the recruiters to match them with the right job.

Providing job application support and advice

Another thing that recruitment agencies do is helping to prepare candidates for job interviews. It's possible that some of the candidates that approach recruitment agencies are looking for their first job - perhaps they've only just left university and are keen to find a graduate role. Some candidates may have been in their old job for several years, in which time, they've forgotten how to interview confidently.

Whatever the circumstances of the candidates, recruitment agencies can be great sources of support and advice to help make sure potential candidates have the skills and knowledge to get their dream job.

Working behind the scenes

Whether you're a candidate looking for a job or a company trying to fill a vancancy, you can be sure that working with a recruitment agency will take some of the pressure of the job hunt.

Recruitment agencies work behind the scenes to match the perfect people to the perfect jobs, meaning everyone involved can get on with their day-to-day activities without the added stress.

This is great if you're a busy company with little time to spare for recruitment, or if you're a working professional who can't take time out of your schedule to find your next job.

Here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, we specialise in helping people find their dream life science careers. We have contacts in a range of scientific industries & we've helped hundreds of people find their new job and change lives. Want to take the first step towards your dream job?

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Administering a vaccination

The battle against COVID-19 has been dominating the headlines for more than a year now. First, it was the disease itself: the scramble to figure out how it was spreading and what safety measures would help to slow it down.

Fast-forward 12 months, however, and the conversation has changed. Wearing face masks and staying 2 metres apart have become second nature for much of the general public; these days, we're more interested in talking about the vaccines that represent our best hope for a return to normal life.

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are already being administered to vulnerable people all over the world. With so much noise and misinformation flying around regarding all the different vaccines, it's important to understand how vaccines are developed so that you do not fall victim to false or misleading claims.


work from home

Working from home full time might not be a position that you expected to find yourself in. A lot of us are used to the hustle and bustle of a commute and a busy office with lots going on, so working at home feels like a big change. 

It's true that working from home has some considerable benefits like more time with your family, extra-long lie-ins, and being able to work in your pyjamas, but working from home can be quite isolating - especially if you live alone.

Here at HRS, we know that it's important to boost team engagement while everyone's working at home. It's good for team morale, it helps you stay connected and it can encourage you to get out of the house!

There are a lot of different ways that you can boost team engagement while everyone is working from home, but before we get into that, we want to tell you about a challenge the HRS team took part in during February - The February Mile Challenge.

february mile fundraiser

 During the month of February, we all decided to raise money for three different charities by walking, running, and cycling.

In total, we managed to cover a whopping 2,824 miles, raising a total of £7,692 for our chosen charities! While we weren't able to get together to run, walk or cycle, this was a really great way of boosting team engagement and challenging ourselves to get outdoors for a good cause. 

Of course, you don't have to participate in fundraising activities like this to boost team engagement (although it is great fun). There are loads of creative ways you can get together as a team while working from home! Here are a few more suggestions that you and your team might enjoy:

  • Friday night Zoom quiz - like a pub quiz but without the struggle of finding a table! This is another great way to get your team engaged in friendly competition. Why not offer some prizes as an incentive to get involved?
  • Creative competition - this could be anything from baking to creating a fun piece of artwork. Challenge your colleagues to create something and share it with the team, you might be surprised to discover some hidden talents.
  • Virtual coffee breaks - we all love to have 5 or 10 minutes throughout the day to catch up with our colleagues over a coffee. Why not plan a quick coffee over zoom to break up the day?

We're sure we'll be trying out some fun and inspiring remote team-building exercises over the next few months because team engagement is something that's always been engrained in the HRS workplace! We certainly won't be letting the COVID-19 pandemic get in the way of our fun.

These are just a few different ways that you can help your remote workers to stay engaged with others. Take a look at the current positions we have at HRS if you want to join our team!

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HRS team exercising to raise money for charity

Throughout the month of February, the whole HRS team went outdoors - in all sorts of weather - to walk, run and cycle as many miles as possible.


The majority of people who attend university do it for one reason; to get a good job once they've graduated. Hopes and dreams of that perfect position that offers you the chance to not only work in an area of science that you love but pays well is what every science student holds. But what are the most employable science degrees to have?

If you love science, are considering university, and would like to know which degrees are more likely to land you a job once you've graduated, Hyper Recruitment Solutions are here to tell you! Read on to learn what the most employable science degrees are.