My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Lucy Edgar

Published: 01 Feb 2018

Lucy-EdgarWhat was your earliest dream job?
Working on a scuba diving boat.

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
With Hays Accountancy Personnel, as they were called back then. I came back from travelling and was unemployed, and did a temporary job with them in Stirling. I wandered into Hays, told them what I had done when I had been travelling – such as working on a cattle station and working on a dive boat – and they said ‘do you fancy trying out recruitment?’ So I just fell right into the industry.

Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
Cyclist Mark Beaumont, who holds the record for getting round the world on a bike, because of the way he achieves his goals.

What do you love most about your current role?
When I have managed to exceed expectations… with the quality of the candidate and speed of response to the clients or if someone comes to see me that’s just been made redundant and I get them another role very quickly.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A change accountant for a distillery.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career? 
When I hit £500k in a year in 2009 because not many people do that. I was really pleased with myself when this whole finance team of qualified accountants had been made redundant from one of the banks and I placed every single one of them.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
Cry – I placed a candidate with a real rough and ready factory environment and within the first hour of him being there he introduced a swear tin for everyone to put a pound in when they swore because he didn’t agree with all the swearing at the company. I was mortified.

What is your signature dish?
Beef stew.

What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
Best – what keeps you awake at night with your current role? That’s because it shows a candidate’s values so you can read quite a lot into that.

What would you regard as your theme tune?
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds by The Beatles.

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