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Stop wasting your time with CVs

Welcome to evidence-based recruitment.

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CVs won't find you the best talent

CVs were created over 100 years ago. Isn't it time to innovate?

We believe there's better ways to hire. No more sifting through countless unsuitable applications. Our solution matches you with quality people who have already proven they have potential. 

First shortlist of 3 matches: free

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Standard shortlist of 3 matches: £895 + VAT*

*50% off for SME charities & B Corps

Take the stress away so you can focus on what matters

Hiring junior people shouldn’t be so time consuming. Using algorithmic matching methods and bespoke assessments the whole process is easy. You get fast access to quality talent who are ready to hit the ground running. 

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Reach the unreachable with criteria that counts

The conventional hiring model comes with an unfair expectation that young people already know what you do. Our scientific methods mitigate unconscious bias and bring you top matches who otherwise wouldn’t have made it to the shortlist.

Be the employer everyone wants to work for

Through our community, we empower young people with a work-ready mindset, accelerating their progress to hard-to-hire positions. Faster progression for them means better retention for you. And better retention means… well, only loads of positive things. 

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How it works


Take the Quiz

Get started by sharing what you're looking for and who would be suited to the job

Schedule a quick call with us to discuss a suitable skills challenge for applicants

Use a challenge from our bank, send us your own, or collaborate on something bespoke


Meet your matches

Our algorithms shortlist a randomised selection of 3 top scoring matches from our community

Browse profiles that reveal their scores and qualities, along with their challenge submission

Chat with candidates directly to arrange informal interviews


Launch your job

We launch the role with our community and invite candidates to complete the challenge

We mark the challenge and send feedback to applicants along with resources to upskill

Applicants are also scored in areas like written communication, proactivity and engagement


Make a call

Select your preferred match and let them know the good news! How easy was that!?

Provide feedback to the unsuccessful candidates to improve their chances next time

Send offer letter and contract to hired applicant and let us know you're all set

Frequently asked questions

  • Are there eligibility requirements?
    Our inclusive platform welcomes all young people looking for entry-level positions: school leavers, graduates and career-changers. All we ask is that you fill in our sign-up quiz designed to understand where your strengths lie, what you enjoy doing and the types of roles you may be suited to. More than anything, we want to unearth potential and help you find a job that’s right for you. Once you’re signed up, you’ll get access to our community space where we post new jobs, share resources and where you can meet lots of like-minded individuals sharing their experiences too.
  • What's involved in the sign-up quiz?
    At Pollen, we believe in helping people discover their ideal career. That’s why we developed a unique sign-up quiz that will match your personality, skills and aspirations to the right job. Our quiz is based on a colour behavioural assessment designed to understand your qualities and what jobs you might be best suited to. We also ask questions about your passions, motivations and educational background. All of this information is used in accordance with our privacy policy.
  • What is a colour behavioural assessment?
    There have been several models of colour-based behavioural assessments developed by different individuals and organisations over the last century. These models use colour to represent different personality traits or styles, and can be used to assess individual behaviour and communication styles. Personality type is an important factor to consider when selecting a career. Different personality types can have different advantages and disadvantages when it comes to certain career paths. For example, an people-led person may be better suited to a career in sales or customer service, while a task-led person may have an easier time working on their own in a research or analytical role. It is important to understand your own personality type and how it can affect your career choices. Understanding the various personality types can also help employers make the best hiring decisions for their team.
  • How are you different to a recruitment company or jobs board?
    Our ambition is to change the way in which young people find a career that’s right for them. We believe the outdated methods of finding a job unfairly expect you to know what you want to do and how to go about finding opportunities in that field. Pollen simplifies the whole process. We don’t want to pigeon-hole you into a job that isn’t suitable or waste your time with companies that don’t treat their applicants as they should. Plus there’s no mindless scrolling if you’ve no idea where to start, as everything you see is backed up by data and algorithms. Our only motive is to do you justice, by connecting you with employers who share our values, and giving you the support you need to find and succeed in your perfect job.
  • How do you make your hiring processes fair and inclusive?
    The results of your sign-up quiz are used to produce a standardised profile that focuses exclusively on your qualities. No more stressing about design, worrying about that grade, or trawling thesauruses for a fancier word. Our algorithm matches suitable candidates to different job opportunities, so you'll only be invited to apply for jobs that are relevant. Once you're invited to apply, you'll be able to carry out the necessary skills challenge. You'll receive quick feedback on how you did so you know whether you've been shortlisted as a match on the employer's side, or if you haven't, you'll know how the decision was made. This gives you the chance to improve your skills for next time with the help of our community, or consider different types of roles altogether. Some employers may have minimum criteria (as approved by us) which is why we request some academic information. If you meet this it will never feature in your profile. Our aim is to remove unconscious bias, making traditional elements of a CV redundant.
  • What is a skills challenge?
    If we share a job that could be right for you, we invite you to take part in a challenge that gives you a flavour of what it's like to do that job. We know that job specs are full of jargon, so skills challenges are designed to help you better understand what the job is really like. If you hate doing it, at least you know sooner rather than later! Skills challenges also mean you can prove your skills, instead of worrying whether your CV is up to scratch or if you have enough experience. You'll receive feedback once you've carried out the challenge, with tips and resources to help you improve for next time if you need them. We have skills challenges across a range of categories, from marketing and data, to sales and project management. The idea is that you can keep improving, and try your hand at a variety of job functions that you might not have realised would be suited to you. You'll be able to see how long you're supposed to spend on each challenge, but they usually range from 30-90 minutes in length. Similar jobs will use the same challenge, so if you're happy with what you've done, you can always save time and resubmit it for multiple jobs.
  • Do I have to pay to use Pollen?
    No, everything we provide is completely free for you.
  • What types of companies do you work with?
    Start-up, scale-up, challenger or innovator, the only requirement of the companies we work with is that they share our values. By working with Pollen, our hiring partners are committed to a people-first approach and must truly offer a nurturing, supportive working environment for the candidates that are placed. All our partners also offer successful candidates a fair salary and do not require previous experience. We are big supporters of small and medium-sized employers using our platform. Collectively, they make up the majority of private sector employment in the UK. We believe one of the barriers to an effective entry-level employment system is a lack of exposure to these businesses – who all want great people too. But let’s face it, gone are the days where you find one job for life. Some people may be better suited to larger organisations – it’s all about finding what’s right for you. We’re also big supporters of sustainable businesses so you’ll likely come across companies who are doing great things for people, and the planet.
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Pollen is the trading name of Pollen Careers Limited. Company number: ​14165468.

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