Has anyone heard of BMS? They are an agency that specialise in Sales recruitment.
I have been called for an assessment day there and employers of the job I applied to, will be there.
Has anyone done this assessment day? anyone know what kind of things you are asked/ what it entails?
Assessment day coming up so would really appreciate any help
or has anyone attended an assessment day for a graduate sales position? what kind of things does they ask?
Would like to know a little bit more about this agency if possible.
I went to the BMS assessment day as did my boyfriend and we both found it a complete waste of time. I found the people to be rude and it was not helpful at all. I do not think the jobs they have advertised are real. I didn't get through the first stage of it however my boyfriend made it all the way and still has heard nothing, even though they gave him a really positive review on the day. I wouldn't waste your time! if you have any more questions about them just ask!
check out danterecruitment.com
Lots of roles for grads and 2nd jobbers across media,finance and events sales....
I opened this account just to try and give my point of view as I am a recent graduate and have dealt with a number of these graduate recruitment companies, it was a steeper learning curve than I thought it would be.
Companies like BMS will do these assessment days once/twice a week and 20-40 graduates turn up.
Of those 20-40 about 50% 'pass' the day. If you think about it, they do this twice a week all year round, so obviously not everyone that even passes the day can get a job through this process. They are just building their database.
If you pass the day it means that a graduate recruiter gets assigned to you and they'll call you with job opportunities.
What I have found is that a lot of the large recruitment companies don't care about your needs (BMS is not so bad) they just want to make their 20% commission.
The best approach that I have found is a mixture of; your own applications/big recruitment companies/small local recruitment companies.
Don't take what these big recruitment companies say too seriously, they will make themselves out to be hotshots but they're just trying to impress. They do however have contacts with companies and can get you a foot in the door, so it is worth a shot, what do you have to lose?
I attended the BMS graduate assessment day and passed. I got 1 interesting opportunity from it, and I haven't heard from them since. I also passed the Pareto Law assessment day and have heard nothing from them.
What I appreciated from BMS is that they kick out the people that they don't want to take on half way though the day. Which in a way is good as you don't waste your whole day. Whereas Pareto Law will keep you till the very end and once you've spent 9 hours in their assessment day, they'll tell you that unfortunately you haven't succeeded.
Good luck guys, it's a dog eat dog world out there!
I've been to one and wasn't successful, but I wasn't too fussed about it.
The people there are nice enough but I quickly realised that they only care about how much you can sell, and that wasn't the kind of environment I wanted to work in. Through talking to some other candidates I think they get their candidates by advertising a lot of speculative vacancies, then if you're successful at the assessment day you join the agency and they try to match you with a job, so you won't necessarily get the job you applied for.
Don't go guys. Apply direct to companies where you can or if you really need to just go through agency sites. Unless they are paying your travel expenses do not attend any assessment centres as it sounds like a big power trip to build up their database. I have dealt with BMS and their staff are in no position to judge graduates as most of then ate fresh out of college or uni themselves, but probably from some rubbish uni judging by my dealings. Do your own thing, you don't need these people.
I've worked in sales for 15 years and can say with absolute certainty that BMS are cowboys. For sales recruitment you should go with someone like Ashwood, DWC, Pursuit NHA. Avoid BMS like the plague.
BMS. Very unprofessional and rude.
I've approached numerous recruitment agencies and some are helpful and some aren't. It's part of job hunting to waste your time poking around. And what the hell, I'd say attending those assessment days by these mega-recruitment agencies is a great experience as well. But BMS? More like B.S... I'm sorry. This one has been the worst. They really don't treat you well. At least be friendly and don't say things that crush candidate's self-esteem. Good luck everyone. You're wonderful and something is waiting out there. Do not fulfil your dreams through unethical organisation like BMS though.
I have pretty much had experiences that mirror what EllisDee and fvman have said.
I attended a BMS day, they are pretty intense if you do not know what to expect. You will be put on the spot and asked to introduce yourself to the room with who you are and your best personal non academic achievement. Following on from this you will have 2 group exercises, the key to most of these is to contribute fairly, help the group manage itself efficiently rather than just being loud. You will then have to do a sales pitch, this might be selling someone who is sitting next to you or yourself in 30seconds.
At this point they will potentially chuck out 50% of the people there. Then you will do another sales pitch scenario which is pretty much a test of your ability to negotiate / hard sell. They really go for the hard sell on these which in my experience is not at all what a good sales person will do but that is their choice.
I was successful on my day with BMS and my final impression was that it was a waste of time, some of the guys they chucked were fantastic just a bit quieter or unsure of their surroundings. One poor guy literally froze in the headlights during the sell yourself in 30 seconds which was horrific to watch.
In the end they phoned me with one opportunity which they actually lied to me about, I was told the company was part of a group with a significantly higher turnover than it actually had and the company which I would be working for had its turnover inflated to 4 times the size it actually is! Now these figures are not too important in the long run but if you want honest career opportunities then perhaps look elsewhere or do thorough background research.
Personally now I ensure I filter out recruiting agencies from all job searches.