Rush Group’s potential new employees undergo a rigorous interviewing process to ensure that any one who works for the group has an inherent understanding of the fresh produce market.
The recruitment process starts with searching the UK’s top agricultural colleges, where students were asked to submit their CV’s. The Group were looking less for high grades, but more an indication that the candidates had a knowledge of how the fresh produce industry worked.
Having read the 40 CV’s, the next stage successful applicants were subject to a 30-minute phone or skype interview, followed by psychometric testing, which led to the number in next stage to fall from 12 to six.
For their next fresh produce task, the six successful candidates were asked to identify a geographical region, a suitable fresh product and then submit a relevant business plan. They then had to present their fresh produce business plan to the board in a 30-minute presentation, which was followed by a mathematical test and two-way question and answers. At the end of this session, three people were offered jobs at Rush Group from the six that made it through to the final stage.
So what was Rush Group looking for? Apart from the necessary business acumen, it was a passion for fresh produce, an understanding of the whole fresh food supply chain, and the ability to provide solutions. Rush Group takes pride in respecting both grower and customer alike. They take the time to understand the issues which farmers of potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, onions, cauliflowers, broccoli and apples face on a daily basis, as well as respecting the fact that their clients require their fresh produce 365 days a year, and at the right price.
The new employees also needed to demonstrate their eagerness to embrace the Rush Group culture; a culture of working together as one, with a shared goal of providing the best possible service for customers, whilst acknowledging the possible problems their growers might encounter throughout the year.
It is this empathy and in-depth knowledge of the fresh produce industry that has helped, and continues to help Rush maintain an excellent working relationship with their international network of growers of potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, onions, cauliflowers, broccoli and apples, as well as providing their customers with the right fresh produce, at the right time, at the right price.
If you feel you have what it takes to be a fresh produce trader at Rush Group, please contact us today