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A DAY IN THE LIFE OF… EMILY THOMAS, HEAD OF INTERNAL RECRUITMENT

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by Emily Kitamura
Consultant , Culture , Team , Understanding Recruitment , LifeAtUR , Recruiter , Internal Recruitment
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What was your first job?


I worked in Watford Market when I was 15 as a “washer upper” on the weekends and after school. I loved it and it was great to start earning my own money!


How did you get into recruitment?

I was working in a sales role at a jeweller and that’s when I realised I loved to sell and work to targets. I was looking to move away from retail and a friend suggested I should look into recruitment, so I did and here I am 5 years later!


What do you love most about your job?

I really enjoy interviewing people and finding out all about them and what makes them who they are. It’s also great to see the people I have helped recruit come into the company and become successful recruiters.


What’s your top job to fill?

We have so many at the moment, so it’s hard to say! All our teams are expanding and with our international expansion it’s a very busy time for me.

I’m really keen to get some more graduates on board to join all our other new graduate recruits!


Who’s your role model – in life or in recruitment?

It would have to be my Mum. To see how hard she’s worked and the position she’s worked up to, considering she only started her career at 30 as a part time Admin Assistant, I just think is incredible. She has really instilled in me that hard work pays off.


What’s your favourite meal?

I really enjoy a brunch with lots of bubbles but if that’s not available you can’t beat a lamb roast with all the trimmings!


What’s been your most memorable experience with a candidate?

I once had to apologise and stop an interview because the girl had a spider in her hair and it was crawling down onto her face. When she shook her hair to try and get it out, it wouldn’t, so I had to help her (I also hate spiders) but we got it out and managed to finish the interview, so it was fine in the end!


What would be your theme tune?

Destiny’s Child – independent woman… no explanation needed


What is your top tip for candidates?

Make sure you research the business, turn up on time and dress appropriately!