Romford entrepreneur takes recruitment sector to next level using virtual reality

PUBLISHED: 17:39 01 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 07 November 2016

James Grant founder of Weavee

James Grant founder of Weavee


A 23-year-old tech whizz hopes to revolutionise the world of recruitment by matching job-hunters with work that suit their personality.

James GrantJames Grant

James Grant, 23, of Romford, is the founder of the online platform Weavee, which uses algorithms and personality tests to tell people what type of work they are suited for and link them to relevant recruiters.

The former Havering College student graduated with a computer science and games technology degree in 2015, when he was faced with the tough reality of finding a job.

“I spent a lot of time being a job-seeker and I did not enjoy it at all,” he said.

James hopped from job to job and he told the Recorder: “I never felt I was in the place I wanted to be.”

In May, James launched Weavee, an online platform which aims to cut the frustration and often lengthy process of applying for a job.

“Personality is a huge part of recruitment and it is key to ensure people are fit for the job,” he said.

James explained employers are increasing their chances of attracting good candidates by using Weavee and they will be able to retain talent as employees are more likely to stay in their company.

The platform is also an attempt to reduce companies’ slow hiring pace from an average of 68 days to only a few.

Since its launch, the website is experiencing a 50 per cent growth month on month.

And there are no glass ceiling for James, who wants to use virtual reality for job-hunters to experience their prospective workplace with a virtual tour of the office before going to the interview.

“We will be giving job seekers an extra level of depth to imagine their potential growth at a company,” he said.

Almost 2,000 job-hunters have already completed the Weavee appraisal, while James and his team of three visit recruiters and start-ups to find out what they need to help boost their productivity and help their business grow.

He said: “This is what I really want to do – it’s solving a problem that is quite huge.

“About half of people are not happy in their workplace and I want to allow them to work in place that makes them happier.

“I want Weavee to become the go-to place for people to discover carers and work out what they want to do,” he added.

You find out about Weavee here.

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