My Brilliant Recruitment Career – May 2018
What was your earliest dream job?
Toolmaker and development engineer.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
Day relief, and then professional technical consultant, at Anderselite.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
The first people who took me on were Pat Luby, the director for Anderselite, and Ian Thomas, the branch manager. They gave me the break in recruitment, and had that ability to motivate people without them realising they were being managed.
What do you love most about your current role?
The autonomy – and the fact they let me get on with it in my own way. We’re a small company. We’re all a bit older and wiser. I’m trusted to get on with things rather than be micromanaged.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
I’ve had lots of fun moments in my career, but among the most enjoyable has been mentoring people to achieve their goals. I have brought through a lot of trainees over the 30 years I’ve been doing recruitment. People say ‘my biggest placement was...’, but in my opinion the important thing is getting the respect of colleagues, clients and contractors.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
We do project jobs, so we don’t really have high-powered, £50k placement fee-type jobs. We’ve got three or four big projects all around the country on the street lighting side, which are due to start in a couple of weeks.
What is your signature dish?
Murgh makhani (Indian buttered chicken).
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
Around 1992, we had an electronic assembler in Bristol. We couldn’t get hold of her, so we sent our consultant – a middle-aged, middle-class, older recruiter – to hand-deliver the details of the assignment. He was met by a naked lady who was heavily tattooed, including a swastika on her left breast. We had to send the consultant home on his return because he was traumatised. The good news is that she did start with us, did her three months’ probation, went perm and had a successful career.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
If you’re an animal, what would you be?
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Don’t Give Up – Kate Bush and Peter Gabriel.