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We build long-term partnerships with our candidates through detailed telephone discussions and in depth face-to-face competency based interviews.
The interview process allows you to highlight key strengths and achievements, enables us to offer up to date career advice on the market place and maximise the number of appropriate opportunities we can identify on your behalf.

Our consultants are trained in assisting with CV writing and presentation; interview preparation and planning; interview techniques (including how to present yourself; answering competency based questions and to ask the interviewer); and salary advice.
Our Consultants will provide you honest feedback about your expectations of the marketplace, how long you can expect to be looking for a new role, what competencies you need to provide evidence of and what companies will be most interested in your details.

Harcourt Matthews also offer a proactive service to candidates where we actively contact specific companies to generate interest in your CV profile.

Quentin Brocklebank - Finance Director - MLex Market Intelligence
"I have kept contact with Mark and the Harcourt Matthews team over a number of years as I have moved across several organisations. I have found them to be very good listeners, who will then advise on and attempt to meet your brief in an honest and insightful manner" (Client & Candidate)

Serena Saini - Commercial Finance Analyst - PA Consulting Group
"Mark diligently placed me in a renowned firm and supported me through every step of the recruitment process. He was incredibly supportive, provided thorough interview preparation which was beyond my expectations. I thought that Mark was determined and persistent when finding out what the outcome of the interview and subsequently ensuring I was made the best possible job offer"

Lynn James - Commercial Manager & Founder - Mrs Mummypenny (ex Thresher / Firstquench Retail) candidate and client
"Harcourt Matthews first placed me at Threshers, so I've known them for coming up to 10 years. I have no hesitation in recommending them as a recruitment consultants - placing you or to use for hiring staff. They are brilliant at offering advice when needed and always makes an effort to keep in touch regularly. They would be my first point of contact if I was looking for another role and if I needed to employ a finance professional"

Liam Dolan-Barr FCIPD - HR Director - Talarius
"Guy and the team at Harcourt Matthews helped me secure my current role. I was impressed with the attention to detail - clearly knowing his client and culture, which really helped me decide whether this role would be a good fit. He and his team were impressively quick, the whole process took a matter of weeks!, yet each stage had quality feedback, counsel and guidance. Thanks!"

Gabriella Toth - Qualified Interim Senior Finance Manager - candidate
"...I wanted to grab the opportunity to reflect on your work because I really do appreciate the care, attention and support you always provided to me. From my perspective, you are head and shoulders above your competition (believe me, I know what I'm talking about!), and if it was only up to your contribution, I'm certain I would have had that job in a heartbeat....but this doesn't change the fact that I think highly of you:  the standards of your services are exemplary, and I hope we can work together again in the future"

Caroline Mason - Financial Accountant - candidate placed in a Global Magic circle law firm
I was very impressed with Guy's professionalism and his knowledge of the companies with whom he arranged interviews for me. It was good to work with an experienced recruiter." Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Andrew Garth - Financial Controller - candidate
"It was a pleasure to speak to you earlier. I have not been asked such valuable questions by a recruiter for a very long time......"

Kenny Walker - Financial Controller - candidate placed in a Private Equity backed FM Services provider
"Through dealing with Guy at Harcourt Matthews, he took the time to discuss, up front, whether a role is suited to me rather than throw various opportunities at me with the hope of making one stick. So much so that I was successful at first interview and looking forward to a new exciting role much faster than expected! He also took the time to discuss and advise me on my new direction which was much appreciated

Michael Wright - Management Accountant - candidate placed in a FTSE 250 FM Services provider
"At one point I was dealing with around 10 different recruiters in my search for a new role. After my first telephone conversation with Guy I was convinced I could trust the entire process to him and he delivered within a month! Guy understood exactly what I was looking for and landed me my perfect role." Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Sandy Clark - client and now a candidate placed in a Global Magic circle law firm
"I have known Guy for over 15 years. Initially he helped me recruit several staff and we have kept in touch over the years. Most recently, he helped me find a new position. He was extremely helpful to me throughout my job search, from the outset to completion and beyond. From discussions with my new colleagues, Guy listened to their needs, understood well what they were seeking and kept in good communication with them throughout the recruitment process. I have no reservations in recommending Guy and expect to use him for any recruitment needs in the future." Year first hired: 1995 (hired more than once) Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity

Andrew Bokhorst - candidate placed in a FTSE 250 Retail Plc
"Having registered with 4 employment agencies in the last 4 months I can with a clear conscience state that Harcourt Matthews have delivered the best service to me as an applicant. I was pleasantly surprised at a few aspects of Harcourt Matthews: the level of both personal care and commitment I as an applicant received from the consultants; their balance of professionalism and friendliness; their efficiency, always calling when they said they would (something many other agencies can improve upon). I initially had the preconceived idea that because they weren't as large as other agencies that they would not have the big blue chip clients, and that most of their clients would be the small to medium size enterprises. I was surprised to find that they had a healthy balance, and for a smaller size recruitment agency they had some really impressive clients. Obviously a big credit to Harcourt Matthews management."

Josef Ihonde - candidate
"Harcourt Matthews are great professionals who exhibit great interpersonal skills in their work relationships with clients and colleagues. A great working relationship was developed whilst working on a couple of projects over the last year and I hope to be able to work with them in the future while also being able to recommend them as business partners." Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Jon Batchelor - candidate
"the Consultants were a pleasure to work with during my recruitment search and subsequent Project Management placement within a well renowned FTSE 100 company, providing a quick, pain free, and highly-efficient service, alongside exemplary results. On this basis I would wholeheartedly recommend Harcourt Matthews for any recruitment needs you, or you company, may have." Qualities: Great Results, On Time, High Integrity

Deborah Leighton - candidate
"The consultants were always very proactive and had some good ideas about different potential roles. They also took the time to understand what type of roles I was interested in and searched for those types of roles." Qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative

Nigel Masson - Financial Controller - candidate placed in an international Retail group
"From a candidates perspective, Guy Matthews delivers a fantastic service. He is knowledgeable of the market, interprets and understands a candidates wishes and skills, and puts forward quality suitable roles. I found Guy a pleasure to work with, felt valued and have stayed in touch since finding a role through him." Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Azmina Airi - candidate placed in B Sky B Internal Audit
"From my initial meeting with Harcourt Matthews, I was confident that I would be placed in a position that was right for me. Their personable nature put me at ease straight away, and their ability to listen meant that they were able to select only the jobs that I would find relevant. Searching for a job is a stressful time for most people, but this was eased by the fact Harcourt Matthews were so approachable and didn't mind being bombarded by calls from me several times a day. It was an absolute pleasure dealing with them and I have already highly recommended them to many of my colleagues." Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Shirley Smith - candidate 
"I worked with Guy Matthews as a candidate and found him to be extremely professional, with a good understanding of the role and a good relationship with his client"

James Tindal-Robertson - Project Financial Director - candidate placed in a Global US Project Engineering group
"I found Harcourt Matthews listened carefully to what suited me best in terms of the recruitment process, so that interviews were fitted around my rotation schedule of working overseas. Harcourt Matthews also understood what I was looking for in my next career move, and I found their approach consultative rather than prescriptive. I received a small number of high quality job specs that were of genuine interest. In the end I was successful in the first and only application I made." Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert

Gareth Jones - candidate
"I would recommend anyone in the process of searching for a job in Finance to use the services of Harcourt Matthews. From the first instance I contacted them they made a particular effort to understand my skills, experience and the type of role I was looking for. What particularly impressed me was that they would only alert me to roles that matched my search criteria and not wasting my time trying to push me towards roles that weren't suitable unlike some of the other recruitment agencies I used who would often encourage me to pursue roles clearly unsuitable to me. I found all of the staff are friendly and polite and placed great emphasis on actually listening to me. It certainly felt like it was important to them to place me in the right job for me and not just in any job. I would certainly use Harcourt Matthews again for any future job searches I may undertake."

Ouda Saleh - Group Chief Accountant - candidate placed at a PE backed Facilities Management group
"My first experience of working with Guy Matthews was great. He understood exactly what I was looking for and found me a very suitable position that reflected the work experience I had and met all my requirements. I believe that both myself and prospective employer were the winners in the recruitment process so I would highly recommend Guy to any potential prospect or employer." LinkedIn top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Marlon Motha - candidate
"I am writing to thank you for all the assistance and help that you have given me in finding a job. Even though Harcourt Matthews did not place me, you would certainly be the first recruitment consultant that I would recommend to any of my colleagues or friends. Out of all the recruitment consultants that I have dealt with, I felt that the service and support that you provided me and the ethics that you practiced were the best. I will certainly be in touch again should I be looking for a new position."

Zahid Masood - Finance Manager - candidate placed in a Global US Project Engineering group
"I had a great experience working the Guy Matthews. He understood my requirements very well, which resulted in the right role for me and right person for the client. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone who is recruiting/looking for a job." LinkedIn top qualities: Great Results, Expert, High Integrity

Sarah Judson - Financial Controller - client & candidate placed in PE backed PFI independent & PFI-PPP group
"They took the time to understand my career aspirations and what makes me tick as a person. In addition they spent time matching my requirements with that of their clients to ensure I was only presented with jobs that really interested me. I've benefited from several exciting career moves and will certainly be contacting them in the future when I decide to move on."

Jackie Tonge - Commercial Finance Manager - candidate placed in a FTSE 250 Facilities Management Plc
My relationship with Harcourt Matthews began in June 2007 when I responded to an opportunity that I saw on the Internet. From my very first contact with the consultant concerned, I found Harcourt Matthews to be a friendly, approachable and highly professional company. My requirements for my next position were quite specific and not easy to fit. Unlike most other consultancies, Harcourt Matthews listened to what I was looking for and only consulted me on best-fit opportunities. Even when my initial contact left the company, there was a seamless hand-over and my dealings with the company continued with the same high standards. I eventually liaised with 3 main contacts, but at all times there was someone available to keep me up to date with the progress of current opportunities. I am glad to say that after all their hard work it was the Harcourt Matthews team who placed me in my current position in July 2008, a year after I first registered with them. They were a total support throughout the whole process and delivered a truly personalised service. I would definitely use them again both as a Candidate and as a client and have gladly recommended them to friends and colleagues.

David Whiteley - candidate
"I have always found it a pleasure dealing with Guy Matthews as a candidate. He was able to identify the right level of opportunity and then progress it to interview. I would certainly recommend him." Qualities: Personable, Expert, High Integrity

Alasdair Graham - candidate & client
"The consultants always gives really good straight talking advice. I look forward to working again with them in the future." Qualities: Great Results, Personable, High Integrity