Skoulikas Bedford is a supplier of continental fine foods with a product portfolio that includes some of Greece and Italy’s premier brands alongside regional products that capture the diversity and authenticity of traditional Greek and Italian Cuisine.
When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and consumers started panic buying food, many turned to online stores to avoid having to visit the supermarket. Skoulikas Bedford noticed a sudden, significant increase in orders on its Sunita foods website with shoppers stocking up on items such as olive oil, pesto and vegan milk alternatives.
Identifying an opportunity to maximise the e-commerce side of the business, Skoulikas Bedford briefed the MorePeople Commercial team on an urgent vacancy for an ‘Online Champion’ to both promote and grow the website while also focusing on customer service.
After taking the brief from Skoulikas Bedford, it was clear that this was a unique opportunity that would suit a recent graduate who was passionate about e-commerce and social media. The job advert reflected this brief, appealing to candidates with an entrepreneurial flair, and attracted a large number of applications.
Having shortlisted four candidates, three took part in a two-stage video interview process, with one being invited to the office for a final stage face-to-face interview and tour of the workplace.
Video interviewing speeds up the recruitment process as they are less time consuming and it’s therefore much easier to identify times that suit both busy clients and candidates who are working.
Time was of the essence with this one as the role was briefed in early June with an ideal start date of July. The lockdown situation enabled flexibility on both sides and the successful candidate started on 6th July.
"Great service from MorePeople. Morten understood the brief well, put a cracking advert out and I interviewed some good people. He gave a good overview of all the candidates and kept me in loop as the process evolved. We used video conferencing to speed up the process and got someone on board from start to finish in 25 days. I would thoroughly recommend the MorePeople team.”
Paul Garrod, Managing Director, Skoulikas Bedford LTD.