1. Tell us a bit about yourself
I’m an Interview and Career Coach. Before setting up Your Interview Coach in 2013, I worked in corporate environments as an in-house recruiter within HR. I loved being the first-person people met on the day of their interview and then watching those successful candidates progress within the business.
Now I offer clients an insight to behind the scenes of an interview and give information, advice, and guidance on the full interview process such as: Interview techniques, how to set up and network effectively on LinkedIn, how to negotiate the best remuneration package and successfully land the job of their dreams.
On a personal level, I’m passionate about health and well-being and also love volunteering in the community.
2. What was your first job and how did you get it?
My first HR job was at a local manufacturing and engineering company as an In-House Recruiter. I started as a temp and was encouraged to apply for a newly created In-House Recruiter job. I had one structured interview with the HR Business Partner and was very quickly offered a job. I was there for 6 years and by the time I left I’d gained my MCIPD qualification and level A and B in psychometrics. I then took all of this experience into the banking sector in the City of London and worked as an HR BP in Recruitment for another 6 years.
3. How did you decide and get to your career today?
Prior to working in HR, I’d worked for a private health care provider and took on the responsibility for recruiting across the South-East of England. I loved the recruitment aspects of the job and had the opportunity to shape the processes and systems to ensure we hired the very best people. The job required a lot of driving and every other week I’d be on call to cover emergencies and this aspect wasn’t as appealing.
So, I decided to conduct a SWOT analysis to start to understand what I really liked doing and was good at, what I wanted to do less of, and where there were gaps between where I was and where I wanted to be. I did loads of research and came to the conclusion I would be best suited to a career in HR as a specialist recruitment advisor.
4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?
A lot of the things that have held me back are related to mindset – the belief in myself. The fear of failure also stopped me from even trying to move into a career. I left school with two CSE’s and didn’t think I’d ever be able to land a “proper” job in HR. Well, I did and two degree’s later I’m supporting others to secure the job of their dreams.
5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally
I want to continue to support more and more highly talented individuals on their personal career transition.
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