My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Madelene Wright
Madelene Wright, Tottenham Hotspur footballer and media/exhibitions resourcer at Ascension Global Recruitment
What was your earliest dream job?
A professional footballer.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
I did a business admin apprenticeship. There’s lot of sectors you can go into with business admin – recruitment was one of them. I went for an interview with Vision Recruit, really liked what I heard and have stayed in recruitment since then.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In recruitment, it’s my manager Naomi Lane – just because of the way she is. She built up a very successful desk by herself. The relationship she has with her clients and candidates is very, very different to anything I’ve ever seen in recruitment before. In football – Toni Duggan. She plays for England.
What do you love most about your current role?
The people I work with. It feels like a family. When I interviewed here I said I needed a team environment. I think that’s because when I play football, I’ve always had that team spirit inside of me and it’s very much like that here. That’s why I love it.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
I haven’t been in recruitment too long but it would be my first deal in events. The offer I got for my first deal was within four weeks of working and I’m really, really good friends with the guy I placed. In football, I would say the day I signed for West Ham six years ago, because that’s when it all started becoming real for me.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A head of marketing role for an events organiser.
What is your signature dish?
Red velvet cake.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
I’ve got a current candidate and after he heard about my football, he’s convinced he’s my agent now. He’s come up with a lot of questions he wants me to answer, he’s come up with branding and he’s come up with a profile for me. That makes me laugh a lot anytime I speak to him about it.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
“Who is your favourite philosopher and why?” It’s not necessarily a bad question. It’s a good question but it very much left my candidate on the spot. They were not expecting it at all.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
We have a song where every time we make a deal we get to play our own song in the office. Mine is called All About Me from The Bratz Movie.