My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Joanne Davies

Joanne DavisWhat was your earliest dream job?
A dancer – I became a dancer at a very, very young age. Dancer iStock

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
An admin resourcer role. I’d relocated from Basingstoke to Kettering, walked into an agency and sat down. The lady interviewed me and offered me a position there on the spot.

Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In life – my mum; but in recruitment, one of our company directors, Richard Fletcher. If it wasn’t for Richard taking a chance on me, guiding me, then 100% I wouldn’t be where I am now. His approach, whether it’s for candidates or clients, is just flawless and everything I would aspire to.

What do you love most about your current role?
It’s got to be the team I have around me – from colleagues to company directors. They’re there to pick you up when you’re down and celebrate with you when you make placements together.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
I was set a target for my first year at Agenda Partnership and I remember looking at the number and thinking I better be looking for another job in about 12 weeks’ time. But within six months I had smashed my target out of the park. Within 12 months, I had achieved everything I was expected to that 
year and was named the top biller in the office.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
Drivers, all around the UK.

Roast Chicken Dish iStockWhat is your signature dish?
A slow roast leg of lamb with spring onions in red wine sauce, dauphinoise potatoes and steamed veg.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
I had a worker, who was one of the hardest workers I had for one of my clients. But one day he was in the canteen area and I got called in to review some CCTV footage. It was him from the day before, mucking around in the canteen, went to run away from something, tripped over a bag and fell into the plasterboard drywall. When I say ‘into the drywall’, he actually went through it, got stuck and they had to call out the fire service to cut him out. Needless to say, he wasn’t asked back again.

Fruit ShutterstockWhat’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
The worst: ‘If you could be a fruit, what type of fruit would you be?’

Wood Pecker iStockWhat would you regard as your theme tune?
The Woody Woodpecker theme tune – everybody that knows me really well knows that my laugh is uncannily just like the Woody Woodpecker sound.

Joanne Davies, senior recruitment consultant – perms, Agenda Partnership, and dancer in The Addict Initiative, who made the 2014 Britain’s Got Talent final

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