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Recruiting the right team

Sourcing quality candidates and then applying valid selection tools to ensure that you have sufficient information to make the best selection decision.

You know how important it is to find the right team member, we can help. By the use of valid selection tools we can reduce the risk of hiring mistakes and we stand by our work with longer than standard replacement guarantees.

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Manpower Planning

Manpower Planning

We help you to design a people strategy to better enable you to source, hire and retain the employees that you need. Employee engagement can improve retention, productivity, innovation, and customer service. Your business relies on its people, so it makes sense to plan how to get the best from them.



Finding the right people is never easy and it’s even more challenging when your recruiter lacks the selection skills or the industry understanding to do the job. We chase down active candidates through advertising, passive candidates through media search and database trawls and use your extensive network to recommend likely employees. Once we have created a pool our work really begins.

Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

Employee Value Proposition (EVP)

Have you considered your EVP? The EVP refers to the package, the terms and conditions and the experiences that an organisation will offer to recruits in order to attract and retain them. Top People’s broad experience and specific work on remuneration reviews puts us in a good position to advise on your organisation’s EVP.



Selection tools (interviews, workplace skills tests, psychometric testing, reference checks) are referred to in terms of their validity, how effective they are in their role. The first consideration must be which tools are appropriate for the role and organisation and then how will they be applied. We begin our process with our Essential Criteria Assessment where we screen the pool and take only those with the ‘must have’ experience to the next stage. TOP People employees are trained in selection skills and know how to apply them. To us an interview is far more than a casual conversation.



Our role is to assess the candidates using the appropriate tools and then provide you with sufficient information to make the best selection decision. It might be a workplace skills test where the candidate is asked to demonstrate their skills, or a structured behavioral interview where potential employees are asked to give examples of their previous experience in the key areas. Qualifications will be checked, and reference checks conducted by the interviewer, ensuring referees can support the claims made at interview. Once complete we will provide you with a candidate summary which you can use to compare against others to put together your final shortlist.



When did you last review your contracts? Have they been updated to reflect the changes in the Awards or the Fair Work Act? Do they protect you from spurious claims? We can review your contracts and make recommendations to update them where necessary.



Your induction of a new employee is really important. Right from the start you will make an impression, either good or poor, that will have a real effect on your new employee’s performance. A good induction is conducted over a period of time, up to a year, and will include initial information and checks to ensure progress is smooth. All too often we have seen candidates turn up on the first day to find that no plans have been made, their tools and equipment haven’t been prepared and no-one has been scheduled to brief them. Its not a good start and reflects poorly on an organisation. TOP People can help with a detailed induction process tailored to fit your organisation.

... here is some feedback

Colleen Fish

Manager Environment and Communities - Metro Mining Ltd

HR Manager

I worked with Rob for approximately 4 years, during which time he provided both high-level advice and hands-on assistance regarding all employment issues from recruitment and performance management through to termination of employment and management of any post-termination issues. Rob also developed the HR Management System that was implemented across the operations.

Rob played a significant role in achieving, and exceeding, the company’s Indigenous employment target, at one stage achieving almost 40% Indigenous employment. He always made himself directly contactable and would address any queries regarding employment in person.

Personally, Rob was always ready to assist with any HR issue or question that I had, and I had full confidence in both his integrity and confidentiality. His manner is simple, direct and seeks to remove ambiguity from any situation, which I appreciated.

Rob is a very experienced and professional HR and Recruitment specialist, and I would recommend him for any such role.

James Cannon

Executive Chairman - Canna Holdings Pty Ltd

Advising Board

I can highly recommend Rob to any Board. His work over the years has been exemplary. Rob is able to not only source the correct personnel but has continuously provided assistance to the Board in regards to board conduct, governance and strategy.

Rob is a very capable, intelligent and responsible person who gets results.

Monica Benyk


I’ve known Rob Mulholland for nine years, firstly as a colleague and then as a client for the last six years.

Rob is a meticulous recruiter and I’ve found his professional approach and judgment absolutely irreproachable. He puts a great deal of effort into determining the expectations and values of both client and candidate and then ensuring that the recommended person has not only the skills and experience required, but also the personality and cultural values to fit in that particular workgroup, organisation, and country. Unlike other recruiters, Rob makes his shortlisting process absolutely transparent with key selection criteria agreed with the client and full candidate assessments provided before the recommended candidate is put forward. This provides an invaluable opportunity to not only re- assess shortlisted candidates, but more importantly, to revisit the validity and appropriateness of our original brief, thereby resulting in better selections.

Rob understands the legal and logistical complexities involved in recruiting employees from around the world, and his significant involvement in mining recruitment has given him the cultural insight required to segue between the developing world and first-world environments.

Rob is always scrupulous in observing contractual obligations, including guaranteed replacement of candidates, and was an invaluable asset to Anitua and its subsidiaries.

Scott Waddell

Director & CFO - Metallica Minerals Limited

HR Consultancy

I’ve worked with Rob over many years. Rob recently completed a policy review at Metallica Minerals on time and on budget. The work was completed to a high standard.

Graham Tanner

General Manager of Operations - Metro Mining

HR Manager

I worked alongside Rob at Metro Mining for around 3 years. Throughout some very challenging times Rob was always professional and committed. Basically Rob is very good at his job and was great to work with. I would thoroughly recommend Rob and would enjoy working alongside him again if the opportunity came up.

Digby McLeay

Corporate Communications, Government & Media Relations Specialist - Metro Mining

Team member

I had the pleasure of working with Rob at Metro Mining. Rob was responsible for employing a vast array of people from executives to trainees at the mine site north of Weipa. He was often required to fill positions at short notice and under considerable time constraints. He always just got on with the job. It’s been a pleasure working with Rob he gets on well with people and works hard to be part of the team.

Simon Finnis

CEO - Metro Mining

HR Manager

Rob did a very good job for Metro in extremely challenging times. We have seen some highs with the start up of the mine in 2018, and the move to Owner Operator (recruitment of 140+ personnel) a year later, through to the lowest of lows this year, where we were significantly affected by COVID and we had the unenviable task of reducing our workforce. On this latter point Rob worked closely with myself and the General Manager at the mine supporting us through this difficult process.

I enjoyed working with Rob and would be happy to make a recommendation personally if required in the future.

William Bass

Director & Company Secretary


I have been associated with Robert through Top People. This business provides a range of services in executive recruitment predominantly in the mining sector.

Robert brings wide ranging experience across a range of Australian and international operations.  He is punctual and concise in all communications on the progress of projects, and adapts quickly to challenges within briefs to deliver superior outcomes for the long term business gain.

He is a well-spoken, polite & courteous professional who has demonstrated his commitment to mastering new skills in a fast changing industry.

Gary Parkinson

Owner/Director - IPDM

Interpersonal skills

I was first introduced to Rob in 2003 who was engaged to undertake Executive recruitment of Management staff. Rob demonstrates unique and extensive connections within the resource sector and combine this with his extreme knowledge of the resource industry, proves invaluable to his Client’s. Rob spent many years in the defense force which has led to an extremely well organised and dedicated approach to any task that Rob undertakes. Rob is professional and meticulous in his approach to fully understanding the role requirements and candidate selection to ensure the recommended candidates are optimal for the role.

Rob has great interpersonal skills and can apply himself to any level of management, staff mentoring and group presentations.