My Brilliant Recruitment Career - Roxanne Mackay

Published: 19 Jul 2016

What was your earliest dream job?
A horse trainer or a famous equestrian rider – I had horses for many years.

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
It was as a trainee consultant with Hays Construction & Property in Scotland. Ironically, the guy who appointed me 14 years ago is now my managing director at Eden Brown.

What do you love most about your current role?
Bossing my MD about! I suppose it’s finding people their dream job that impacts upon their personal life. I also love leading and developing teams round about me to reach their full potential.

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
When I first moved to London [from Scotland] and I managed Hays Marketing in Covent Garden. The buzz of moving to London, and the new environment and atmosphere was probably the peak of my career.

What is your ‘can’t do without’ office tool besides your phone?
It’s definitely my traditional notepad.

Do you prefer a staycation or holiday abroad?
Holiday abroad, most definitely.

Outside the office, where would you like to interview a candidate or be interviewed?
That’s probably most obvious being Scottish – in the pub or in a restaurant.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
A job to work with me, which is a freelance construction consultant.

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
One of them made me want to laugh and cry. I worked with this guy for weeks and secured him some interviews. On the interview day, he decided to cancel at the last minute but cheekily called up to ask me out on a date that night, which I politely declined.

What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
I was facilitating a graduate training programme a few months back. I was taking part in a role play, and this girl asked me: ‘If I were a biscuit, what would I be?’ Which I thought was quite strange... but I said a party ring.

Make us an offer we can’t refuse
If you come and work for me, you would have the opportunity to work with a leader who is immersed in the construction market, well networked, who could introduce you to a portfolio of interesting, unique clients, working for one of the fastest-growing recruitment companies, who will give you a good platform to develop and grow.

Roxanne Mackay is a team manager/commercial construction specialist for Eden Brown Built Environment

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