Ep.12 The Modern Approach to Recruitment

The second recruitment company to feature on the SalesChange podcast is a special one – Mercury Hampton (based in Manchester, UK) are a recruitment company with a difference.

They were started just two years ago by Chris Hickey and Jonathan Sallis after they both got frustrated with the KPI driven environments of the ‘standard’ recruitment companies – so they decided to start their own and build it around 21st Century technology – McQuaig psychometrics, video introductions and other modern ways of working seperate this company from others. But thats not all, they work hard to build a cohesive and collaborative culture at their company and after 3 office moves in 2 years, the team is truly growing.

The biggest headline from Mercury Hampton is that their placements stick in their posts – a retention rate of 96% for those candidates that have been placed in the last 12 months and 93% of all candidates they have placed remain in post – truly groundbreaking.

This episode of The SalesChange Podcast covers –

  • Why Chris and Jonathan started Mercury Hampton?
  • The difference between the ‘speed’ and ‘quality’ recruitment model – and how Mercury Hampton have bridged that gap.
  • Why they left ‘mainstream recruitment’?
  • The five ‘P’s in building what Mercury Hampton was all about.
  • How the recruitment industry will look in the future?
  • How they have built a unique and cohesive culture at Mercury Hampton
  • Answers to the ‘SalesChange 5’ questions.

On every SalesChange Podcast – we ask the guests to answer 5 standard questions – here are the responses from Chris Hickey from Mercury Hampton

  • What was the last book you read?

Chris – The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Its all about the laws of attraction. There is nothing more powerful than the power of the mind.

  • Who is the leader you look up to the most?

Chris – Sir Alex Ferguson – he is the greatest (factually) manager in history. He is an inspirational leader.

  • What did you want to be when you grew up?

Chris – Strangely and ironically, I wanted to be a police officer. When I left the military, I changed my mind and went for a commercial role instead.

  • Whats the worst job you could imagine doing?

Chris – I would say, anything to do with blood. I don’t like blood or dead people.

  • Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn?

Chris – This is an easy one. I don’t want to share pictures of my tea, Facebooks out. I don’t want to take selfies of myself oiled up so Instagram is out.. Twitter is ok I suppose but for me – its got to be LinkedIn.


Matt King
Matt King

Matt King is an award winning Business Leader, Sales Coach, Podcaster and Content Creator.

He has managed and built sales teams to succeed over the last 10 years with a direct, relatable and down to earth approach which focuses on building relationships, networks and problem solving.

He focuses on collaboration, culture, mindset – all to build that momentum that leads to sales. That’s his idea of fun.

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