The One with Mercury Hampton
Interviewing Mercury Hampton's Chris Hickey
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.
“There is nothing more powerful than the power of the mind…”
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.