My Brilliant Recruitment Career – Sasza Bandiera

SaszaWhat was your earliest dream job?
Archaeologist – based on the fact that I loved Indiana Jones and I thought you were paid by the dinosaur if you found one.

What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?Oyster Partnership, as a trainee 10 years ago.

Who is your role model – in life or in recruitment?
In recruitment Paul Flynn, who used to own Eurostaff.

What do you love most about your current role?
Being able to coach, train and focus on developing young people. I have to bring on many inexperienced staff through coaching, bringing them up and getting them into a billing position or management. 

What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career in recruitment? 
Deciding to step away from my day-to-day recruitment role and starting to build the business by opening up new revenue streams and bringing on perm teams.

What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
We have a very senior development manager role in the UAE, which is new for us. We’ve never done anything abroad, really.

What is your signature dish?

Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
My very first placement took me five months to place; within two weeks
he was fired because he was caught lying about doing two jobs at the same time and was in the pub on a Monday at 2pm.

What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
I don’t know about question, but I’ve got a guy who’s been here four years – he came and said to me: “Sasza, I’ll work for you for the next four weeks for free – if I don’t do it, you can just fire me.” He’s still here.

What would you regard as your theme tune?
The Rocky soundtrack.

Sasza Bandiera is managing director at Oyster Partnership

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