My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Madona Rixon
What was your earliest dream job? A teacher.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
My first job in recruitment was a recruitment consultant for a care company. I started working as a care assistant and about a year later a job opportunity came up as a recruitment consultant recruiting care assistants. It was a temporary position. I think it was for three months, so I applied and thought who can do the job better than me? I actually knew what I was looking for in a candidate because I had been through the entire vetting procedure etc. I applied and was fortunate to be offered it, and that’s how I ended up in recruitment.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In life it would be my father, and in recruitment it would be my managing director Carol Parisella.
What do you love most about your current role?
A mixture of things – I love the fact it’s always busy… I can’t pinpoint one thing. It’s several things – coming in to the workplace, getting stuck in, seeing your colleagues, working altogether as a team. We’re open plan, which sometimes drives me up the wall but I wouldn’t have it any other way. It would just be so boring otherwise.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
Recruiter’s Investing in Talent Awards in 2018. The day I was told I was shortlisted was such an amazing feeling.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
Science vacancies – I’ve got several schools looking for science teachers and it’s just so difficult to find them. I’m sure I’m not the only one – schools and several other agencies are probably in the same boat. They’re hard to come by.
What is your signature dish?
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
The best question was when I was invited to an interview for the Investing in Talent Awards. We were talking about how I motivate my staff and inspire them… and one of the judges actually asked me where I get the motivation myself to get up at 6 o’clock every morning and come to work. I thought that was the best question.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
My current favourite tune is I’ll Never Love Again by Lady Gaga from A Star Is Born.
Madona Rixon branch manager for Term Time Teachers’ Tunbridge Wells office, originally from the Georgian capital of Tbilisi