We Find the Best People for The Job. Every Time. And That’s Guaranteed!
We Find the Best People for The Job. Every Time. And That’s Guaranteed!
Welcome to Vinehouse Hiring: People Solutions to Help your Business Grow.
Our finely tuned system will identify, introduce and hire you the most qualified people for your business. Its simple: We take all the hard work, and the possibility of a failed hire, off your hands. When you need to hire someone, our proven process ensures you interview only the most proficient additions to your team. …and if the one you choose doesn’t work out – we start again, for free! Let us show you our risk-free approach to hiring, and reveal to you the difference we have made to businesses everywhere, who are, like you, seeking ‘just the right person for the job.’
The Process Explained
Nancy Slessenger, architect of the Vinehouse Hiring Process, explains how it works…
On average, 30% of new hires leave within 1 year. (Jobvite)
The Vinehouse average for staff staying longer than 1 year is 88%
The Hiring Process Made Easy
No one excels at everything, and hiring is no exception. To do it well requires diligence, planning, research and dedication. Its one of those things a lot of people try their hand at, but without experience and knowledge of the pitfalls, it can easily waste time and money. The answer could be a hiring agency – their approach is to charge a percentage of first-year salary for their expertise in churning through CVs and filtering down to the shortlist they think you should see. They will be well paid for it, you can be sure of that, but have they really done any more than you would have done yourself if you had the time?
The Way We Do It Is Different.
We use a process that has been refined and tuned through continuous improvement over more than 20 years. Not only does it take all the work off your hands, and ensure you see only those people who match the qualities, values and skills you need, but we also charge a simple set fee so you know exactly where you stand throughout the process. It is different in many ways, but one of them is that we take less notice of your applicant’s CV than we do the application form we have crafted for them. This is a form that has been carefully worded using our unique consultancy expertise. It is tailored purely for the position you want to fill. By the time we sit down to write the questions for this form, we will have such a clear idea of the perfect person for you that we know exactly what to ask them to get useful answers back. Our skilled and highly-trained assessors match those answers against such specific criteria that only the few who might be worth meeting you, get passed on to the next stage: A recorded voice interview with us.
How we are different.
We don’t use resumes or CVs to sort out candidates. They can be misleading.
We guarantee all our candidates for 12 months.
We have a success rate: 88% of our hires stay longer than 12 months.
You only interview a very small number of candidates.
We do all the filtering for you, reject all the unsuccessful candidates, look after them for you, and arrange everything.
We give feedback to every candidate who wants it (and often get emails thanking us for it).
We charge a fixed fee, not a percentage of salary.
We’re not an agency, so we don’t have a pool of people we want to sell to you.
We do everything remotely.
We find new candidates specifically for each new job. We guarantee every candidate who has gone through our process for 12 months, so if they don’t work out for any reason at all, we will replace them at no extra cost to you. In this way, we make sure it’s not only in your interests, but in ours, to get you the right person for the job.
We are so sure that we will be able to find the ideal person, we give you our guarantee:
Because we know that rarely happens, as our clients will testify…
Mary Anne Redmond - Company Owner Wealth Management
It’s about 10 days since I’ve hired two new employees by way of all the help from Vinehouse. Those two persons are already demonstrating that they’re bringing skills and qualities that are super-on-target for the team. The outcome is so much better than anything I even had in mind, at the start. The Vinehouse team worked carefully to honor the character qualities and skills I’d indicated would be most suitable for the 2 roles. They welcomed feedback from me. They kept persisting without wavering; they kept refining and doing whatever they do, with an attentive depth that has produced remarkable results. They fielded thousands of resumes. The truly appropriate candidates emerged.
Nancy turns what feels like aguessing gameto so many businesses, intosciencewithguaranteed outcomes, meaning that you never need to stress about hiring the right person ever again. Thanks to Nancy we've found ourunicornsfor our business and even better still, we will continue finding more Unicorns!
Recently I was offering a workshop for singers in London and was looking to hire an accompanist at the last minute. I contacted the Royal College of Music and they sent the job description to their pool of accompanists. Eventually I ended up with several qualified candidates and was at a loss about who to choose. Since the workshop was only days away, I called Nancy in a panic. She calmed me down and helped me come up with several key questions to help identify the best person for the job. I did exactly what Nancy said and the candidate I went with worked out perfectly. If she was that helpful for a one-off job like this, I can only imagine how indispensable she will be for much bigger jobs.
I will definitely be using Nancy and Vinehouse for all my future hiring needs!
Peter Jacobson, Director of Total Vocal Freedom
“I knew very little about how to hire, and have made some pretty expensive mistakes along the way.
Nancy had a great ability to focus me on my need. The first thing she did was interview my best worker to find someone who could actually work with me well. We worked on goals, how to search, who to search and what I really wanted them to do. We found a great candidate, and I feel safe in knowing that if he doesn’t work out, Nancy will still be there to find a replacement. That feels safe - if you are like me, take my advice and spend the money on Nancy’s excellent service.
It’s an investment in speed, efficiency and ultimately better profit performance. A wrong hire is way more expensive than Nancy!”
Vinehouse's expertise is attracting and matching candidate's personal characteristics to the needs of a role and culture of team.
Vinehouse's demystifies the process of skillfully screening candidates. She then presents descriptive detail on the ways a person fits a role or the challenges they may introduce as part of a team. This kind of detail is invaluable if you are committed to hiring quality employees who will help your company excel. Or, if your aim is to enhance the functioning of a team, Vinehouse can expertly assist with the steps needed to increase team health and effectiveness. All of this is grounded within a profound understanding of human personality and behavior that they have refined through extensive experience putting these ideas in action.
Nancy and the Vinehouse team are such a pleasure to work with!
I was fortunate to work with them first as a recruit for a position they helped me secure, then as an HR Director when I partnered with Vinehouse to support our company's recruiting needs. They have a unique approach to recruiting that blends effective use of SEO tools to attract the right candidates, managing a pipeline of candidates, genuine human interactions, efficient scheduling, and thorough interviews. The team really does not overlook any detail from the job description keywords and accurate job titles on postings, to the type and progression of interview questions, and even hand-written, encouraging, congratulatory letters.
Whether you are a job seeker, or business leader needing help attracting top talent, Vinehouse is a company that gets the job done right. Thank you for all you do!
This has been the easiest hire I have ever done. You and your exceptional team made everything go so smoothly. The communication was excellent and you found us someone I believe will fit the role very well.
We are so pleased with your services and the results.
It was a true pleasure to work with you and your team.
Christopher Blair - CFP Blair Financial Planning, Denver
We first used Vinehouse in 2013 to find our Administrative Manager. We found the process to be very simple and we were able to find the perfect candidate out of a large pool of applicants. Because of this hire, our firm doubled in size and required us to hire a new Administrative Assistant. We contacted Vinehouse again in 2020 and found their process to be even better than before.
Vinehouse’s process is elaborate and diligent yet required minimal effort on our end. They determined our very specific needs for the role and were able to fine-tune their process to only return the best candidates. Out of over 2000 applications, we only had to interview one candidate, who ultimately was offered the position. She has been the perfect fit to our team.
We have now found two incredible candidates out of very large pools of applicants. Because of this success, we will continue to use Vinehouse for all of our future hiring needs.
Herb Jones - Chief Marketing Officer, Fracture. fractureme.com
The Vinehouse team truly helped Fracture find a needle in a haystack. We were looking for a Director level position with many technical and soft skill requirements and we could not be happier with the leader they found for us. She's been an incredible addition to our team both from an execution and culture perspective.
Scott Alberts - Scott Alberts, CEO, Voiceplace, Inc.
Working with Vinehouse was like a dream come true. They took one of the most painful aspects of our business..hiring...and did ALL of it for us. Their "Done For You" process has saved us so much time, and aggravation. We don't need to comb thru hundreds of resumes and set up endless interview appointments anymore.
They are really experts at what they do and have found some amazing team members that really fit our culture.
Nancy and her team have been phenomenal at their job. I would have never figured out who I really needed to hire for the position, if not for them.
We went through many kinds of questionnaires, to make sure we attract only the right kind of candidates and when that was done, they did even a more detailed job of interviewing them and leaving us with a few exceptional candidates to choose from.
I’m very excited to get started with my new employee and all this thanks to their team!
We were stuck. We needed a new employee and were having great problems finding the right person.
Nancy made some suggestions, some of which were a little radical for us, but we went with them anyway.
Result: we have an excellent new employee. If you're having problems recruiting the right people, I'd recommend talking to Vinehouse.
Benji Rabhan - NY Times Best Seller & CEO of MorrisCore Inc.
Vinehouse changed the course of my entire business... and helped preserve my sanity!
After years of wasting time and energy on hiring bad-fit team members — costing hundreds of thousands of dollars — everything has flipped for the better since hiring Vinehouse.
Now, every hire we've made has been exactly what we were expecting. The best part was that they handle all the parts I don't have time for — even the interviews. Vinehouse is and will always be an integral part of our hiring process.
I consulted with Nancy over 6 months to help me expand my gym business. Up until that point, I was hiring friends and family members but eventually hit a roadblock where I wasn't able to hire qualified employees to deal with the growing demands of the business as we opened up more locations.
Nancy helped me define the roles and tasks that each position required and also create a hiring system. She essentially helped us create our very own HR system for a small business.
On a personal level, she provided guidance on how to be a manager and deal with different types of employees. Thank you Nancy!
Normally, when we needed to hire, I would say to everyone: "Does anybody know someone who is interested?" and I would chat to them for 5 minutes. It wasn't very successful.
We'd come to the end of where we could get people through our systems. We had got to the stage where we didn't want to advertise and didn't want to bring in anyone. The Job Centre has made it so difficult to put an ad on their site – we got 20 CVs and nobody turned up for an interview. We didn't want to put an ad in the paper – it cost £250. I thought we might as well employ Vinehouse instead and I'm glad we did. The system worked really well.
The advert they put in attracted the right sort of people we were looking for. The screening process got rid of people who weren't really interested. The application form and telephone interview told us a lot about the person before we got to the final interview.
We were only looking for 1 person; we interviewed three and took two of them on.
I wanted to send you an email letting you know how much I've appreciated working with Nancy Slessenger to bring on board my new Director of Client Services.
In the past, I've overseen and ran the process of hiring my staff, with limited success. By contracting with Vinehouse, the hiring process was a great deal simplified, and bottom line, I was able to hire a new Director of Client Services who had both the technical skills, and a personality that also meshed with our office culture.
It's been a month since she started, and I couldn't be happier with the results. Another part of the process that I really appreciated is the ongoing consulting that Vinehouse provides to make sure that over the first year the relationship continues to improve by making sure that I'm giving the correct feedback to help my new hire grow in effectiveness as time goes on.
Bottom line, I’ll never hire someone on my own, I'll be using and recommending Vinehouse in the future.
All my best, Dale.
Bryan Todd - President, Perry S. Marshall & Associates
The Vinehouse recruiting system has now helped us through two significant hires for our company (and another key one in process now!). In each case the hire has taken our business to a better place.
The recruiting method is rigorously 80/20 and has saved us massive amounts of needless work, it has helped us clarify our own needs and our own culture for our benefit and that of our candidates, and it has brought to light the strengths and weaknesses of every applicant we've considered, so that when we make the final decision we know exactly the kind of person we're bringing on board. We're sold on Vinehouse. We would not and will not hire any other way.
I hated recruiting and hiring. Actually, I was scared of it. And that had become an impediment to our growth.
The Vinehouse team was key in giving me a different, systematic way to approach developing job descriptions, posting them, screening applicants, and doing the hiring. I'll never wake up every day yearning to recruit, but, this is no longer a persistent stumbling block.
We've now got a great team of people and continue to rapidly expand — with multiple years of 50-100% year-over-year employee growth.
Prior to working with Vinehouse we had done some hiring ourselves and we had stumbled across one person who turned out to be really good. The next time we posted a job it seemed like the number of applications just wasn't coming in and it didn't seem like we were getting the type of applicant and we needed. We ended up going with the best one. That was a total failure.
We ended up trying to train someone we never should have trained or hired. At that point we were just scared to stick our neck out to hire because we felt we didn't have the necessary tools to do the hiring properly but we needed a couple of new people on our team to manage the growth we had going. So we worked with Vinehouse. We were really just going after one new employee, but we found two great people who have helped us grow – our growth has been 60% year on year.
What it's really done is allowed people in our company to spend time on things they are good at and less time doing stuff they are not good at. So using this hiring process to find the right new employees has helped us in a pretty big way. It's helped take a lot of the evening and weekend stuff off the plates of our main team members and has really created a better environment for everybody. We are just starting on the next vacancy and are using Vinehouse.
Dr Dave Nicol - Veterinary surgeon & Practice Owner
Before I met Nancy, I used to hire like everyone else. I'd write a boring advert and try to attract as many people as possible. And when I think back to my interview technique I cringe.
The result of this guesswork was shown up in both my PL account and stress level. What Nancy did was to help us implement a streamlined and scientific process that saved time by putting off the bad candidates long before I could interview them. She also taught me how to conduct effective interviews, so I became very good at spotting who was right for my business.
The results were explosive growth in both revenue and profit and transformation of team culture. I cannot recommend highly enough and will be forever grateful to Nancy and her team.
Normally he and his team spent up to 30 hours searching through 100s resumes
After diligently searching through resumes he usually found somebody, but whether they would stay long term or do the job well was questionable
We set up a process so that he now only sees a few qualified candidates for a final interview
Now he is able to identify in 45 mins if the final candidate can do the job
We have done the same for his sales roles and customer service positions
In Alec's words...
Working with Nancy and Vinehouse in our hiring process has completely transformed the way we hire new employees and has made the process extremely simple and 100 X more successful than our previous frustrating efforts.
In our previous hiring process often we would hire a candidate we through was the best candidate only to find out in their first few weeks of work that they were very poor at the job they were hired to do.
I highly recommend anyone who is not thrilled with their hiring process to call Vinehouse and make all their hiring problems disappear.
I have referred several of my friends and colleagues to Vinehouse all of whom have had the same experience as I had. The time and resources that go into a single hire have been reduced from up to 100 hours per hire down to a handful of hours with much better results.
Paolo Lencioni - Partner, APL Accountants, Brisbane, Australia
Paolo needed another accountant for his very busy practice
He had had a few problems finding people who carried out the role to his exacting standards
We identified the key behaviours and values of the person he needed
His new employee did not come across well at interview but is great in the role
In Paolo's words...
I get this warm fuzzy feeling when I think that our competitors will be taking on the candidates we didn’t ... just because they have good resumes! It’s what we would have done before.
Lesley and her colleagues needed to carry out a difficult task
The current team didn’t have the skills to perform the task to a high standard
Using this method she was very quickly able to identify those that would perform the task well
Four team members were recruited this way and are still doing well!
In Lesley's words...
I’d run a small-scale research program for three years using a small team of staff. With the prospect of running a much larger scale project, I had to look at my current team and consider whether I had the right people for the job. None of us particularly enjoyed the laborious background research nor felt it was where our strengths lay.
I realised we needed a team of skilled researchers who not only excelled at the task but also enjoyed what they were doing. Nancy’s process helped me select a team who produce accurate results and also love what they do.
The key was in the preparation and how to do it properly. Once that was done it was so easy to quickly identify who would be good at the job early on in the process which saved so much time. This approach is completely different to anything I have seen before and remarkably simple. I will definitely be using this process again for future hires!