Candidate Services

By: Shilton Sharpe Quarry  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Recruitment, Due Diligence, Recruitment Consultancy

The innovative way in which we deliver our services makes both us and you stand out from the crowd. Our pioneering use of a candidate extranet, psychometric assessments and video CVs illustrates how SSQ is leading the way in 21st century legal search and recruitment.

(Please note that psychometric assessments and video CVs are currently available in the UK only.)

SSQ has pioneered the use of extranet technology in the legal recruitment sector.

We understand candidates' concerns about privacy and confidentiality. We appreciate that when a candidate sends their details to a recruitment consultancy they may worry about where their CV might be sent.

We have removed as much uncertainty as possible from the recruitment process by providing our candidates with a completely transparent service. We have nothing to hide and everything to share. Our candidates are offered secure access to their own files 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, using the latest secure extranet technology.

Our candidate extranet

allows a candidate to review all of the activity which we are undertaking on their behalf. Every named or anonymous approach or phone call that we have made for them; any feedback obtained following a meeting; a complete record of our work together.

Nelly is not designed to replace the personal contact which we have with our candidates, but rather to enhance it.

Today, legal recruitment in a mature market like the UK demands a more sophisticated and scientific approach. By pioneering the use of psychometric assessments SSQ has successfully reduced the risk within legal recruitment.

Lawyers are becoming increasingly concerned about the type of environment they wish to work in. Effective recruitment means understanding that to find right job for a candidate one needs to look further than just identifying that person's appropriate skills and experience. For a candidate to flourish in a role recruiters must also identify culturally how a candidate will perform in a specific environment.

Psychometric assessments assist our candidates to make informed recruitment decisions.

We provide them free of charge as part of our service. These assessments are optional. They can be completed offline or online. Each member of our team can make his/her own assessment results available to you.

A psychometric assessment is not a test - it is just an effective tool to complement the factual due diligence one must undertake prior to making an important career decision.

We recognise that some candidates make a stronger impression in person than on paper. A written CV may only tell half the story and employers are unable to interview all candidates due to time pressure. That is why we have pioneered the use of video CVs in the legal recruitment sector.

A video CV enables a candidate who might otherwise have been overlooked (perhaps due to an unusual career history) to have an opportunity to present himself / herself in person and obtain that crucial first interview.

The filming is done at our office and is free of charge to those candidates who we feel would benefit from this innovative approach.

Keywords: Candidate One, Due Diligence, Extranet Technology, Legal Recruitment, Psychometric Assessment, Psychometric Assessments, Recruitment, Recruitment Consultancy, Recruitment Process, Secure Extranet,

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Track Record

He has been responsible for a very significant number of truly headline making partner and team moves involving both US and UK firms and he has assisted many US law firms to open offices in London. Is regarded by many senior lawyers in the UK market as the number one legal search and recruitment consultant for senior private practice moves, with experience dating back to the mid 1980s.


Nelly - The SSQ Extranet

Nelly is our candidate extranet and provides a candidate with all the key information he or she needs in respect of their activity with SSQ. Shilton Sharpe Quarry has pioneered the use of extranet technology in the legal search and recruitment sector. Further information is provided on the Nelly welcome page as to the functionality of the extranet. The SSQ extranet is designed to provide candidates with a totally transparent service.


Training & Development

Through the combined resources of SSQ and The Holst Group, we have brought together our years of experience and knowledge of the legal sector with their recognised approach to psychometrics, training and development. In conjunction with The Holst Group, we also offer our clients a bespoke array of products and services to enhance creativity, innovation and team building.



These include assisting candidates to write business plans, as well as identifying their key soft skills using web based tools such as psychometric assessments. We also assist law firms in forming a coherent international strategy, primarily with a focus on continental Europe.