by Sam McBroom
Consultant , Culture , Team , Understanding Recruitment , LifeAtUR , Company Culture , Recruiter , Careers
After recently celebrating his eight year anniversary at Understanding Recruitment, Sam McBroom was promoted to Director in recognition of all his hard work and commitment. We caught up with Sam, who also heads up the Java team, about how he got into recruitment, his career progression and Oasis. 

What was your first job?

Working at a sports park as a ‘Recreation Assistant’ – setting up sports equipment and getting involved in the general day to day running of the park.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was working in the public sector but grew frustrated about the lack of personal and career progression available in the area that I was in. So I looked for a career offering a meritocratic environment with plenty of opportunities to take on more responsibility dependent on performance and recruitment seemed ideal.

What do you love most about your job?

Two things mainly. The people here are fantastic to work with and everyone gets on really well, regularly socialising together. When you have a tough day everyone is there for you. Secondly, the opportunity and progression available. Working here truly gives you an opportunity to build a team in a specialist area in a rapidly expanding market!  

What’s your top job to fill?

Ironically we’re recruiting a Senior Java Developer to work specifically for another recruitment company! They don’t have the reach or specialist knowledge so we’re happy to help recruit a Developer for them to re-architect their internal CRM system with AWS & Microservices.  

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

My grandad was a Lancaster pilot in WW2. Once the war finished, he was liberated from a POW camp and worked in the cutlery business in Sheffield. He ended up employing over 150 people and became a well-liked and respected figure in the city.

What’s your favourite meal?

Tuna, or Steak. Or Tuna Steak.

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

I placed a Graduate Developer with a startup company 6 years ago. They’ve since moved into a Senior / Team Lead position and we now help them recruit for the original position we placed them in! It’s a pleasure to be able to work with this person for an extended period of time and build a great personal and professional relationship with them.  

What would be your theme tune?

Oasis – Live Forever

What is your top tip for candidates?

Work closely with one specialist recruiter in your area. They’ll have a wide range of suitable opportunities for you, so will work with you to find you the position that is truly what you’re looking for.