My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Sophie Vickers
‘I love hearing the stories once the placement has started, finding out about the clinic as well as the local area’
What was your earliest dream job?
I always wanted to be a sports physiotherapist or work in ex-military rehabilitation.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
This is my first role in recruitment. I found out about [veterinary recruitment agency] A1 Locums from a customer when I was working in retail. I came in for an interview, but I was about to go travelling for three months. At that point, they decided ‘no’. But while I was abroad, travelling in Zambia, they decided they did want me, and I was lucky enough to be offered the role.
Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In netball, former Australian player Sharni Layton and England international Sasha Corbin, who are two of my idols. Corbin used to play for England, but then snapped her cruciate ligament. That’s why I stopped playing netball – I completely ruptured my cruciate ligament as well. I was about 11 when I started playing, and was en route to playing at a higher level when I had my accident. That was why I didn’t carry on playing, so now I’m coaching.
Layton is one of the best defenders the world has ever seen. She’s just taken a year out because of mental health issues. She is doing a lot with mental health and sport and young girls, which I think is excellent.
What do you love most about your current role?
The variety of people, from both the UK and overseas, whom I speak to on a daily basis. I love hearing everyone’s stories.
Working in the veterinary sector means every day is different. We get sent a lot of pictures of people’s new ‘fur babies’ from the locations we send them to all over the UK and the Channel Islands. A lot of our candidates pop over the pond for volunteer work, which I love hearing about as I have done two stints volunteering in Africa.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
I would say every time I make a placement. I love finding people their dream permanent role or a long-term locum stint. I love hearing the stories once the placement has started, finding out about the clinic as well as the local area.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
I have an amazing client in London looking to fill a 24-hour shift in Belgravia, London.
What is your signature dish?
Any things that involves cake – I’m an avid [Great British] Bake Off fan. This week I have made apple and blackberry crumbles, pies and infused gin.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
Laugh and then cry. A clinic in St Lucia purchased two horses for a riding school and was shipping them over from Portsmouth, so they needed a vet on board. The vet I found for the client sent me a lot of photos. While they were on the boat, it was all good. Then they arrived in St Lucia. Seeing the photos of the Grenadines islands, the beach parties, the rooftop bars and the food made me want to cry a little.
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
We don’t really get involved in the interview process.
What would you regard as your theme tune?
Shake it Off by Taylor Swift.
Sophie Vickers, senior recruitment consultant, A1 Locums, and netball coach