Leisure company UCI’s online recruitment of trainee managers has
dramatically cut costs and speeded the process up, claims the company’s head of
Karen Fenton said that UCI has saved £1,060 in recruitment costs per
trainee, which represents a 66 per cent fall.
"We don’t have huge HR teams anymore, and traditional forms of
recruitment are very labour-intensive. Using the Web was the ideal
solution," she said. "The campaign began in March this year, and the
whole selection process has taken less than a month."
UCI invited applicants to fill in an online application form, followed by an
online behavioural questionnaire covering core competencies. The final stage of
the assessment involved a day of numeracy and verbal reasoning tests, as well
as team activities.
The recruitment scheme was marketed with a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
theme. Of the 355 applications received online, UCI put 15 management trainees
into an accelerated training programme – cutting their induction period from a
year to 12 weeks.