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FAQs from Candidates and Job-Seekers

We hope the information below will provide some of the answers you are looking for.

Your Questions Answered

If you are currently looking for a new role, have applied for roles through Allen Associates or have already registered with us, you may have questions during these uncertain times.  We are listening and working hard to provide you with answers.    You can also stay up to date by following us on social media. 

About Us

What areas do you specialise in?

We specialise in permanent and temporary roles in Marketing, Human Resources, Finance and Administration.  If you don’t have a minimum of six months' experience in these areas we may not be the Agency for you.

How is Allen Associates ensuring the safety of its Staff, Candidates, Clients and Temps during COVID 19?

We would like to assure all of our Clients, Candidates and Temporary Workers that Allen Associates continues to operate albeit with amendments to our normal work practices. We are working within the latest government advice and all registrations, role briefs and interviews are taking place online. All of our phone numbers have been redirected to our Consultants who are all working from home and part time in the office.

What are your opening hours?

You can contact our Recruitment Consultants from 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.

What is your policy about visitors to your offices?

We are unable to meet people at our offices at this time. All registration interviews and Client meetings are currently taking place online.

How can I contact your Recruitment Consultants?

You can contact our Recruitment Consultants by email in the first instance.  We always aim to get back to our Candidates promptly.

Do you have vacancies at the moment?

We are busy working on a variety of roles across all of our specialist areas. Please visit our Latest Jobs for more information on our current roles. Please also keep an eye on our social media channels and visit our website regularly to keep up to date.

How do I register with you?

We are currently only interviewing and registering Candidates who have applied, and are suitable for, specific roles we have advertised.  If you are not invited for a video interview, please follow us on social media and try again when you see another suitable role come up. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

How do I apply for roles?

Please visit our Latest Jobs and apply for relevant roles by uploading your CV and completing the application form provided.  One of our Consultants will get back to you.

How will you assess my application for roles?

All of our Consultants are REC Qualified and have many years’ experience in matching Candidates to roles and organisations that are right for them.  We will carefully review your CV against the criteria outlined by our Clients, including the verbal or written brief they have given us, the Job Description and the Person Specification, before deciding whether you may be a good fit.

Will I need to apply for roles I see on the website if I am already registered?

There is no need to contact us for roles you see on the website as we will contact you about these if they are relevant. Rest assured that if you are registered with us, you will automatically be assessed against each new vacancy as it arises.  Please don’t worry – we will not forget you.

Should I keep you updated of any changes to my circumstances?

Yes! Please email us to tell us about any changes to your circumstances so that we can update our records and provide you with the best possible service.

What do I need to do if I want to speak to a Recruitment Consultant?

During these particularly busy times, if you are already registered with us, please email your Consultant in the first instance. If you are new to us, please contact us via We will get back to you promptly.

About the market

What are the challenges facing job-seekers right now?

  • Recruitment freezes
  • Reduction in the number of roles available
  • Strong competition from quality Candidates for every vacancy
  • Employers are being slow to make decisions
  • Candidates may need to be flexible

What activities can I do to help myself in this market?

  • Craft a great CV and make sure that someone independent proofs it for you
  • Learn to network online
  • Boost your skills
  • Follow up on every direct application you make
  • Keep good records of everything you have applied for to avoid duplication
  • Stay positive

Can I start a new role without having to go into the office?

Many of our Clients have experience of on boarding new employees remotely and this has worked extremely well.

What are the benefits of working with Allen Associates?

At Allen Associates, we have your best interests at heart. We work extremely hard to get to know our Candidates so that we can make a great match – not just in terms of the role, but also in identifying the right team fit, culture and employer for you.

We know the Oxfordshire market inside and out and are making our mark in London too. We are extremely well networked and have the contacts, local knowledge and recruitment expertise to add real value to your search.

Who else might be able to help me?

For more information on REC accredited recruitment agencies, please visit

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