My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Leroy Brito

Published: 22 Aug 2016

What was your earliest dream job? I wanted to be a stand-up comedian.

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it? That was 10 years ago. I was initially working for a sales company and a sales recruiter would come in and look at the top sellers. I built a relationship up with him and then eventually joined that [his] company.

What do you love most about your current role? I just started, so I am still getting to know the team but the level of performance among the recruiters here has really impressed me.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career? Can I say the day this interview gets published?

Do you prefer a staycation or holiday abroad? I would opt for a holiday abroad – somewhere hot.

Outside the office, where would you like to interview a candidate or be interviewed? I would usually choose a coffee shop, just so I can understand the candidate properly, get to know them and see what their motivations are.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment? I am working of a number of senior roles including a CTO [chief technical officer] role for a fintech [financial technology] start-up company.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why? I have to say both at the same time. I had a senior candidate who forgot she was supposed to be doing a telephone interview and turned up to the client’s address. So she had to do the telephone interview in her car. She was eventually invited back for a second stage interview and got the job.

What strengths have you picked up as a stand-up comedian that have helped you in your work as a recruiter? Resilience is the key strength that has helped me from being a stand-up because you are going to get knocked back in recruitment. You are also going to get knocked back in stand-up. You can die on stage, but with recruitment you just pick yourself back up. The next day you can crack on.

Make us an offer we can’t refuse... I can offer you – and your readers – two-for-one tickets to my show if you quote Recruiter

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