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Candidate Testimonials

Nothing less than top quality

"I found The Johnson Group very accommodating to me personally and professionally. Matching me to the right position and follow through, nothing less than top quality. They don't interfere with my work, they are there if needed. I would work for them anytime, and place great value in what we've already done together, easily one of the best with which  I've been associated."

Steve Elliott

Long job search over in a fortnight

"I had been out of the job market for a long time and I was unhappy about it. I had sent off many CVs, asked around within the business community and approached organisations directly, but alas, with no positive result. Then on a sunny Wellington afternoon I met Heather Haines of The Johnson Group and my luck changed in an instant. Here was a person who I knew from the moment I met her was going to be on my side. She sat down with me and we chatted: one to one. She got to know me and what I was looking for in terms of work. She treated me as a person who mattered and not just another name on a jobseekers database. It worked and within a couple of weeks I was working again. Furthermore, I found the office support team at The Johnson Group friendly and effective. Thank you, Heather."

Steven Lee

Creating new opportunities

"The service that Clive provided was fantastic. After meeting to discuss my career path so far and my ambitions for the future, Clive instantly provided me with a range of options to consider for taking the next step in my career, including an option to move into consultancy, which I had not previously considered. Having decided to pursue this opportunity, Clive made the recruitment process so easy and stress free, and ultimately placed me in great job that represented a big step up in my career."

Tari White, Senior Analyst at PwC New Zealand

Recognising skills above and beyond qualifications

"Words cannot describe The Johnson Group, from the moment I walked through your doors your professionalism and commitment made you a cut above the rest. You got this oddball, this person who had spent 10 years working in the Not-For Profit sector of South Africa. A murky candidate who had had to do everything a project manager does with the sniff of an oil rag and with no formal qualifications. Thank you for your time, thank you for your belief, and thank you for the opportunities."

Tina Craig

Help with interview and salary negotiations

"Hi Priti,

I just wanted to thank you for all the work you did to help me secure my new position at the Ministry of Education. Right from when I was still in Australia until more recently you've kept in regular touch so I always knew you were looking out for me. I really appreciated it when you helped me with mock interview practice so that I didn't feel so nervous when I got in front of an interview panel. Then when I got an offer you handled all that for me. We NZers get all anxious when it comes to negotiations around salary etc. so having an intermediary was great.

So once again, thanks for all your support. I will certainly be in touch again when I'm looking for my next opportunity and have already recommended you to some friends who are considering a move."

Donna McKenzie

Delivering on career, income and preferred location

"The Johnson Group, and specifically Clive Horne, aligned my skills and abilities to an organization that will lead me to fulfil my career objectives while meeting my income requirements in a preferred location. Additionally, I was prepared for interviews through education about the hiring process and the organization.

I'm in touch with members of the Group today not just as a result of placement, but because Clive and his colleagues are genuinely good people."

Thomas Simonson, Principal Regulatory Advisor, LGNZ

Finding a good fit

"Claudia was more than helpful during my placement into a contract role. She is warm and enthusiastic, and listened to what I was looking for in a job rather than trying to pressure me into something that wasn't suitable. I will recommend The Johnson Group to my friends".

Alison Shaw

Positive, proactive and professional

"I did want to also say, I really enjoyed our meeting last week. You have a very positive, proactive and professional approach which really helped me get an idea of the role and the people. The Ministry of Health is very lucky to have you working on their behalf, and I really appreciate the work you are doing on my behalf".

Anna Long

Long term commitment and great service

"The Johnson Group stayed in touch with me even after I left Wellington to move back to Auckland. The professionalism and commitment shown to me over the years has been outstanding. You take a personal interest in your candidates’ career success. You asked me if I knew of someone who might be suitable for a new policy leadership role in the non-profit sector. After talking to you, I thought that it might be a good fit for me. From the moment I decided to apply, through to short-listing, interviews and testing, the Johnson team was with me. Now I get to make a career out of what I love doing. I am thoroughly enjoying my new role. Thanks Johnson Group for being such great public service recruitment agency."

Dianne Rogers, Candidate and Client

Very professional assistance

"Thanks for your support Heather, I have enjoyed working for you and enjoyed the very professional assistance of The Johnson Group whenever I have had a question."

Debrah Player

Social responsibility, going the extra mile

"I have worked with the Johnson Group for over six years. I like the fact they display a sense of social responsibility and I’ve been impressed by the professional, yet personal, service provided to me as a candidate and to prospective employers. The Johnson Group represent their candidates accurately and go the extra mile to ensure the best fit for all concerned. I can recommend The Johnson Group as a public service recruitment agency that can be trusted – they are leaders in their field."

Linda Berket

Taking time to understand

"I was looking for a specialised, senior role, and The Johnson Group worked hard to find the right position for me. Clive Horne took the time to understand what I wanted and why, and then connected me with employers and positions that fit my criteria. Along the way, Clive and the other people at The Johnson Group were friendly and supportive."

Bill Kaye-Blake

Warm and enthusiastic

"Claudia was more than helpful during my placement into a contract role. She is warm and enthusiastic, and listened to what I was looking for in a job rather than trying to pressure me into something that wasn't suitable. I will recommend The Johnson Group to my friends".

Alison Shaw, Candidate

Definitely recommending to others

Kia ora Priti. Thank you so much for all of your work with regards to the two SPA roles at Health. I can hand on heart say that you have been the best recruitment consultant that I have worked with before especially with respect to your promptness in follow-up and communication. I will definitely be recommending you to others, in fact I already have.

Ngā mihi, Elena

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Client Testimonials

Careful and thoughtful candidate matches

"I have employed contractors and permanent staff referred to me by Heather at The Johnson Group. In every case I have been impressed with the care and thought she has given to understanding my requirements and then fitting that to a potential candidate. The quality of people I have employed through the Johnson Group has been very high and they have delivered great results. The Johnson Group has become the first agency we approach when we need project managers and policy contractors."

Tom Chatterton

Exact fit for specific brief

"In recent years we have engaged The Johnson Group to appoint three positions best served by a recruitment consultancy with good networks in the science sector. Our dealings with you and the broader team at The Johnson Group have been consistently professional, enjoyable and ultimately successful. The three appointed roles were specific by way of brief and demanded extensive effort to meet both our technical and cultural fit requirements. I have no hesitation in recommending your services and that of your team to other organisations."

Lynda Marnie

Listening to client needs

"Thank you Johnson Group for listening to my needs and providing candidates of a high calibre. As a result we have appointed a competent and experienced business analyst who fits the bill. Heather you continue to demonstrate your professional and capable approach to your work."

Carol Clayton

Tenacity and determination to find excellent candidates

"Thank YOU Priti.

You have done an amazing job, especially given the changes of direction we ended up taking. I have valued your tenacity, and determination to find some excellent candidates for us - and your unfailing good cheer throughout. I am hoping that the hard work you invested in this project will pay off later in September when there will be greater clarity here (and undoubtedly elsewhere across the public sector) about roles to be filled.

Leigh – have looped you in to this email because I wanted to spotlight the great work Priti has done with us and how much we have enjoyed and valued her support.

Take care and look forward to staying in touch with you both."

Cath Robinson, Director - Ministry of Women’s Affairs

Appreciating the nuances

"Over the past year I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of people at The Johnson Group. I have been impressed with their consistent high level of professionalism and appreciation for the nuances of the public sector."

Sean Burns

Outstandingly professional and practical

"It is a pleasure to work with the Johnson Group. I appreciate your professional and practical approach. You stand out in your industry."

Jerry Ball, Director at Entity Group Limited

First rate candidates

"The Johnson Group helped us find first rate policy advisors so that we could fill both the short-term and longer-term gaps in our team."

Doug Gorman

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