My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Sophie Goymer
What was your earliest dream job?
Fashion buyer – my degree is in fashion, so my dream job was either to be a fashion buyer for a designer or to work for Vogue.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
It was within the technology sector. I noticed a job advert, applied, and then the internal recruiter called me and I interviewed very quickly and got the job the following week. I was responsible for recruiting software developers on a temporary basis across the North-East.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
Nobody in particular but I have learned a lot from either ex-colleagues that I have previously worked with or current colleagues I work with. When I started out in recruitment, I had a couple of really good mentors, who have actually ended up being very good friends that I am still close to.
What do you love most about your current role?
The team that I work with. We’re all very ambitious, we’re all really driven. We all support each other and work very, very hard. It’s a fast-paced job in recruitment and having a good team to work with is what I love most about my role now.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
ACA qualified finance professionals.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
Cry. I had a very senior role last year for one of my big clients. My candidate was offered the role, but she declined it because she couldn’t find anyone to look after her dog. She couldn’t find a dog sitter for the hours the client wanted her to work and she wouldn’t leave the dog alone. It meant missing out on a £10k fee – it made me want to cry, and try and get a job as a part-time dog walker as well!
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
Just recently, I had a phone call from the CFO of a key target client of mine – something I have been working on for at least two years. He rang me on Friday afternoon, and said he had heard very positive things about me in the market and wanted me to work a role for him. He asked me if I had any suitable candidates, and within 10 minutes I sent over some strong CVs. On Saturday morning I arranged the interviews. It was a very quick turnaround and just pleasing that my reputation had prompted the CFO of this large international company to call me with a job.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
If you were going to be a DJ in the office for the day, what song would you play to motivate the rest of the team?
What is your signature dish?
Fresh seafood pasta.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac.
Sophie Goymer senior consultant, BMC Recruitment Group