My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Lucy Edgar - March 2018
What was your earliest dream job?
A footballer. I played with Leicester City Academy and Nottingham Forest Academy but I realised I wasn’t that good. I turned to cricket and then always wanted to be a cricketer from the age of 15.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
I was put in touch with Macildowie’s MD James Taylor through a friend and he asked me what I was going to do after cricket. After chatting for a while, he said ‘your drives and motives are the same as what I look for in people who work at Macildowie’. We had a couple of meetings and he was able to set something up.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment or in cricket?
Cricketer Jimmy Anderson – he is the most successful England bowler but he’s always so professional. The way he consistently performs at the top level is something to admire and you say ‘I want a bit of that’ – be it in sport or life. What do you love most about your current role? I love engaging new candidates. You get to know new people every day. Your job then is to find them a suitable role. It’s a thrill when your placement comes in – like in sport when you get that win.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career in recruitment and cricket?
My first phone call was tough. It was just a phone call but the first was the hardest. After a couple more I wasn’t fazed any more and it became second nature. In cricket, going on two England Lions tours in 2012/13 to the West Indies, then Bangladesh and Sri Lanka What was your top job to fill? Financial controller.
What is your signature dish?
When I was in Bangladesh, someone showed us how to cook and I made a Bangaldeshi vindaloo curry. That’s my go-to dish at the moment.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
I went into the system and came across this lady, who hadn’t been spoken to in quite a while. It turned out she was 84 years old. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to place her. What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard? Last year I was interviewed about my cricket career. I was injured for two months and was asked ‘Were you frustrated by your injury?’, which I think is pretty obvious.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
Last year I was interviewed about my cricket career. I was injured for two months and was asked ‘Were you frustrated by your injury?’, which I think is pretty obvious.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen.