My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Caroline Nash
What was your earliest dream job?
I fancied doing HR, so I joined the John Lewis Partnership’s management training programme. However, I was young and not happy with the Saturdays required in retail so I moved on.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
After eight years in field sales, I registered with my local agency in Beaconsfield and was offered the job of managing the office.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In life –Joanna Lumley. She’s interesting and interested in everything – funny, intelligent and she get things done. What’s not to aspire to?
What do you love most about your current role?
The fact that I have been doing this job for 25 years and I still look forward to most days at the office.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
Being invited in 2006 to back up a national agency, which was supplying manufacturing operatives to a local blue-chip company. I was told it was never likely to exceed four temps a week and therein was the challenge. I’ve taken that four up to 50 a week and still have over 30 a week in that one department.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
Office manager role for a smart motorsport company at a beautiful Georgian house in the countryside, paying a top salary for the area. What is your signature dish? Owing to the relentlessly competitive Bake Off challenge in the office every year, my Viennese whirls – they’re better than Mr Kipling’s.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
Laugh. Back in the day when temps were paid by cheque, Fridays buzzed with temps coming in. A chap was sitting quietly reading while his wife was being interviewed when two longstanding temps came in and someone said ‘You can entertain this gentleman while you’re here’. And they promptly broke into a song-and-dance routine to this poor guy’s utter amazement. His wife did end up joining the temp team.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
To me – are you pregnant yet? That was early 80s when I was newly married and going for a promotion.
Carlos-Santana-shutterstockWhat would you regard as your theme tune?
Smooth by Santana.
Caroline Nash general manager, Gill Cooke Personnel