My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Alice Smith
What was your earliest dream job?
It sounds really boring, but I used to really want to be a lawyer.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
This… I started a year ago. I’m a trustee for a charity and I was on the board that recruited our current CEO. I really enjoyed the process and I knew after university that I wanted to do something in business that would really sharpen my teeth. I loved the challenge of recruitment – the ‘sink or swim’ thing naturally encouraged me, so here I am.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
I really look up to Malala Yousafzai [Pakastani female activist] or her dad… I’d happily get stuck in a lift with either of them. What do you love most about your current role? That I’m never bored. I’ve been here a year, I’m now senior and have got a trainee. Before recruitment, in my gap year I had about eight part-time jobs at any one time per week. I was a bit worried that when I started graduate life I wouldn’t be challenged enough, but this is consuming in all kinds of ways.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
When I was made senior consultant having been here just under a year. That was my dream. I thought maybe I’ll do it in 18 months, so I’m really happy with that.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A lead PHP developer role in York.
What is your signature dish?
Salmon en croute – I love making it for big dinner parties.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
In my first week I came across a candidate with an amazing CV. I prepped her, got instant interview requests everywhere. She had a few interviews in my second week, got offers, so it all happened really quickly. But she was so difficult to manage. Although she was lovely, she was one of those people that would never give you a straight answer. She ended up rejecting all my offers and moving away, which is something she never told me she was even thinking of, but we built quite a bond… and she ended up sending me about £60 worth of chocolates to the office as a ‘thank you’ for all my work. That was an example of what you think is going to happen in recruitment and what actually happens isn’t quite the case.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
How many sick days have you had in the last two years?
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen – I absolutely love Queen and that song makes everyone feel good.
Alice Smith, senior consultant, Oscar Technology