My Brilliant Recruitment Career – July 2018

Megan BarnardWhat was your earliest dream job?

My earliest dream job was acting, which I still do alongside recruitment. I have an agent and have appeared in a BBC drama and commercials. I also recently auditioned for HBO’s Game of Thrones but wasn’t successful, unfortunately. Game of Thrones

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?

My first recruitment role was as a resourcer at Office Angels. I got the role by going to see if they could help me find a job.


Julie WaltersWho is your role model – in life or in recruitment?

My role models would be my dad in life, as he is such a grafter, and a kind and generous person. In acting, it would be Julie Walters – the woman is a legend. In recruitment, it would be my managers Viv Blake and Stuart Furneaux, who have taught me everything I know but also to find my own way by being myself.

What do you love most about your current role?

I love the fact you can make contacts with candidates who then become clients, and that you can really make a difference in helping people’s careers move forward.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?

One of the best moments would be when I placed an HR business partner in one of the biggest international accountancy firms and she gave me an HR director role to fill in her business before she left, which I filled.    

What’s your top job to fill at the moment?

Senior HR manager role within a law firm.

What is your signature dish? Brushetta

Pasta bake. I love Italian food and also make a mean bruschetta!

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?

Cry, but in a good way! He was at that stage where he had been in admin level HR for a long time but was struggling to get to the next level. I found him his HR adviser-level role. To hear how ecstatic and grateful he was gave me the most amazing feeling. He sent me flowers too, which was so lovely. He is now an HR manager and is a very valued client.

What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?

I’m really not a fan of ‘what’s your biggest weakness?’ or ‘where do you see yourself in five years’ time?’. I like questions such as ‘what are your biggest achievements in your career so far’ and asking the candidate to analyse what they have done and what they would do differently.

What would you regard as your theme tune?

Run The World by Beyoncé because I’m a firm believer you can do whatever you want if you work hard and want it enough!

Megan Barnard, senior consultant, Search Consultancy

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