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FAQs for employers

If you have a question, you may find the answer you are looking for in the FAQs below.


If you would prefer to speak to us or need any further assistance, please contact us and we will get back to you promptly.

What makes Allen Associates different from other recruitment agencies?

In two words – our approach!

  • Allen Associates is an independent, family-owned business which means we are completely committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients and candidates. We bring service excellence, integrity, personality and passion to our work so you will always feel that you are important to us.
  • We see our clients and candidates as partners rather than transactions, always putting relationships before sales
  • We interview every candidate that we register, so you can rest assured that if we put someone forward for your vacancy, they have been thoroughly vetted and matched to your specific requirements – not just in terms of skills and experience, but also for their softer skills and potential to fit well within your team
  • We are widely regarded as the leading recruitment agency in Oxfordshire for roles at all levels in PA and Administration, Marketing, HR and Finance
How do you source candidates?

We use your employment criteria to conduct a detailed search of our registered candidates using our advanced database software.  All results are then assessed by one of our highly experienced recruitment consultants and a shortlist produced. This can be made available within hours of us receiving your brief.

Every one of the candidates registered on our database has been pre-interviewed by us so we have an insight into who they are, what they have to offer prospective employers and what they are looking for in return.

We also use all the main online jobs boards, our social media channels and website advertising to attract candidates with specialist skills or specific experience. We deal with all aspects of your recruitment campaign, from identifying the right advertising channels to copywriting and placing the advert. We screen all the responses we receive and present you with a shortlist of candidates that match your criteria.

Are all your consultants experienced and well trained?

Yes absolutely! In addition to formal recruitment qualifications, our consultants have proven experience of the sectors in which they operate which gives them an added insight into your requirements and what it is like to work in your field; they also understand a lot of the industry jargon!

What happens if we appoint a candidate who turns out to be unsuitable?

We are so confident that our consultants can accurately satisfy your recruitment requirements that, on the very rare occasions when during the first twelve weeks our candidate does not prove suitable, we will refund your fee in full subject to some basic provisos which are agreed with you in advance.

Can you provide temporary staff as well as permanent staff?

Yes, we provide permanent and temporary staff at all levels for PA and Administration, HR, Marketing and Finance roles at all levels. To find out more about our temps or to discuss your temporary vacancy, please contact us.

What type of organisations do you work with?

Since our launch in 1998, we have worked for most of the major employers in Oxfordshire as well as many smaller, growing businesses and across a very wide range of sectors.

Please check out our testimonials and case studies to get a feel for the types of organisations we work with and what they have to say about us.

How do I get in touch?

If you are looking to recruit and would like more information about our services, please contact us by phone or email and we will respond to you as quickly as we can. We are also happy to provide information on current recruitment market trends so if you need any advice or guidance, please don't hesitate to get in touch. We'd love to hear from you.