Our way of working
An Assistant that is the right fit for your organisation
It’s because an Assistant or Office Manager is so important for you and your organisation that we are always very careful in performing our search for the candidate who fits your organisation and culture.
We always take the same seven steps that have resulted in a vast number of satisfied matches over many years between candidates and clients.
1 – First meeting
Because the chemistry between an Assistant, their superior and the organisation is crucial, we always visit your organisation with two consultants to familiarise ourselves with you and your organisation. This way, we find out more about the business and culture of your organisation and we can hear what your specific requirements are. And if possible, we also like to talk with the manager for whom we are making a match. Because solid knowledge and preparation are essential.
2 – Defining the profile
Once we have gained a clear picture of your organisation and your requirements, we get started straight away. With our experienced team, we first define a concrete profile. So that we know what kind of professionals we have to look for.
3 – Searching
Armed with this clearly defined profile, we initiate a carefully prepared search in our extensive network of more than 20,000 professionals. We also place the vacancy on our own website and on various paid job boards (free of charge) and social media to further expand the reach.
4 – Presenting
Once we have completed a solid selection process of candidates whom we think match your organisation in terms of skillset and personality, we present them to you. To provide you with a range of choices, but not to overwhelm you with candidates, our aim is to propose three candidates that are qualitatively equal but that differ somewhat in terms of personality.
5 – Reference checking
If you express interest in one of our candidates, we will then perform a reference check. This way, we can be sure we won’t be unpleasantly surprised further on in the procedure. Additionally, we offer the option to have candidates tested.
6 – Guarantee
All assignments are done on the basis of ‘no cure, no pay’. In addition, we maintain a guarantee period. If one of the two parties decides to terminate the employment agreement during the guarantee period, we will look for a new candidate at no extra cost to the client.
7 – Evaluation
We believe in maintaining long-term relationships with our clients. This means that at the end of each search process, we always evaluate the process, so that we can learn from each other. This is an advantage if a new vacancy arises in your organization because we can then act quickly on your behalf.
Collaborating with VAN DER HOUWEN recruitment means:
• An experienced and diverse team of consultants, with roots in the Assistant sector;
• Personal and sincere attention for candidate and client;
• Clear and honest communication with a long-term vision;
• Advisory role in which we function as an ‘extension’ of HR;
• Specialists in the field of Assistants and Office Managers since 2000, with an ever-expanding network;
• 80% of the candidates are not actively looking for new employment, and with a database of more than 20,000 candidates, we can identify and approach this group;
• We look further than just the CV;
• ‘No cure, no pay’ principle;
• High success rate.