Transparent Search

“Probably the most valuable part of the process was the initial meeting in which we talked through and scoped the gap, and really got under the skin of the business challenges and strategy at Opsview. That helped shape the role and also brief and identify candidates.”

Mike Walton – CEO, Opsview

Scope the gap

Understanding the gap in your business is key to scoping the role and securing the candidate who can answer the question.

Scope the role

At the vacancy consultation phase, we focus on three key elements:

  • What experience is required to address the gap in your business?
  • How can you attract and engage the right candidate?
  • Is there a big enough candidate pool for you to hire that person?

Scope the search

Once the candidate profile is determined we will agree to a go-to-market strategy for the search:

  • What is the “pitch” that will attract the right candidate? How can we best position your employer brand?
  • Again we review the candidate pool – is it sufficiently large to provide a range of candidates? Or is it too large? Do the requirements need further consideration?
  • We agree and document the process for engaging and interviewing candidates


As we begin to longlist, transparency is all.

Through a dynamic and shared working list, you can see who we are targeting and what progress is being made.

You can suggest companies, or specific candidates to target; and feedback in instant.

Additionally we recommend weekly catch ups to formally review progress, candidates and market intelligence and ensure the campaign remains on track.


Throughout the candidate attraction phase, we seek to engage and nurture candidates.

At shortlist this becomes the key focus.

Once candidates are included on the shortlist we focus on ensuring that their questions are answered, their appetites are whetted and the timing is right: in short, you meet with a shortlist of candidates who are all keen and able to join your business.


Vocative support the interview process by working closely to help you determine:

  • Process
  • Decision making criteria
  • Competencies
  • Timeframes

And communicating these to candidates, interviewers and internal stakeholders alike.


Once the hire is made and the candidate has joined, our job isn’t done.

We’ll seek their feedback on process, onboarding and role to help improve the process for next time.

And we’ll seek your feedback on Vocative and Transparent Search; we are committed to continuous improvement and your experience and insight are invaluable.

What our Clients & Candidates Say

  • VP People

    Justin and I have worked very closely on a number of particularly challenging and complex campaigns. As a business woman I appreciate the work he puts into the twin perils of senior level recruitment - 1. sourcing quality candidates and 2. ensuring he keeps them interested in our opportunity through what is nearly always a 'long and winding road'! As a person I appreciate Justin's candour, sharp observations and his sense of humour. Through what are often fairly knotty propositions, we have fun and get the job done.

    - VP People

  • CTO candidate

    Alastair demonstrates the perfect mix of a professional and personable approach to drive successful outcomes for both clients and applicants. He spends quality time in understanding the challenge and provides excellent support with a real attention to detail. As a result is he perfectly suited to help navigate complex recruitment scenarios whilst building trusted and long term relationships. An absolute pleasure to deal with!

    - CTO candidate

  • Interim CTO

    Alastair has been easy to work with, professional in what he does and very much on the ball when it comes to placements. I would recommend working with Alastair and look forward to doing so again myself in the not to distant future.

    - Interim CTO

  • Contractor – placed as Project Manager

    The terms under which Justin worked very hard to ensure that my weekly timesheets were processed so quickly, far surpasses all of the other agencies that I have worked for in the last 25years – top marks!

    - Contractor – placed as Project Manager

  • Candidate – placed as Project Manager

    Justin contacted me with reference to a vacancy at Atkins.He guided me through the process with excellent results. I can not thank Justin enough for his support, integrity and super service.during this time. Thanks again.

    - Candidate – placed as Project Manager

  • IT Director

    I've worked with Justin off and on for 7-8 years and in recent times he has become my "go to" recruiter, having placed 20+ staff, with the businesses I've lead . Finding a recruiter that values the strategic relationship, satisfaction and well-being of his client, over the commission of making a placement, is a rare thing. Combined with Justin's adaptability to the needs of those he is working with, his flexible approach and candidate quality - you have a winner. Justin takes the time to understand the dynamics and personalities within the businesses he is recruiting for and finds candidates that fit the qualifications needs and culture of your business. I'd recommend Justin and Vocative to any technology company looking to find great talent and work with a likeable, professional and effective recruiter

    - IT Director

  • Candidate – Placed as IT Manager

    Justin is an extremely enthusiastic and dedicated professional. He has a unique knowledge and in-depth experience of the IT sector and candidate market. He provides a credible and commercial resourcing service to the business. Rather than throwing CV’s my way he absolutely gets our vision. Justin has a real knack for understanding the needs of the business and sourcing quality candidates to match those needs. His approach is refreshing and he is an absolute pleasure to work with.

    - Candidate – Placed as IT Manager

  • Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

    Justin was far more professional than any other headhunter I've worked with.

    - Candidate – Placed as Senior Java Developer – Investment Banking, Zurich

  • HR Director

    Alastair was introduced to us as we had a senior recruitment need. I was really impressed with the time Alastair spent getting to know our business and our culture so that he understood the uniqueness of what we do. This was a new role to us and it was important to get it right. Alastair was able to balance ours and the candidates needs and worked with us not for us which is where other recruiters, I think, go wrong. I felt in control of the process from beginning to end and nothing was too much trouble. I would recommend without hesitation.

    - HR Director

  • Client (Head of IT)

    I can't say that I enjoy dealing with Recruiters but Justin changed my opinion - honest, follows the client's lead, does the hard work and not a pressure merchant. Will use him again when I need to recruit.

    - Client (Head of IT)