My Brilliant Recruitment Career - Lucy Skrzeczkowski
What was your earliest dream job?
Fashion designer. I did fashion at university and ended up working for a company designing for Lonsdale in Australia.
What was your first job in recruitment and how did you come into it?
At Office Angels, running the temps desk there for two and a half years.
What do you love most about your current role?
I love the variety and the fact I can be creative with it.
What would you consider to be the most brilliant moment of your career?
I would say rebuilding all the assessment material at Nestlé for level 1 roles. That’s been done within six months. I’m really proud of that.
Do you prefer a staycation or holiday abroad?
Outside the office, where would you like to interview a candidate or be interviewed?
In their own home. You’ve got the ability to do video interviews but I would prefer to be interviewed in my own home because it says a lot about me. I’m really house-proud. I love interior design so I think it says a lot about a person and they can answer questions really honestly.
What’s your top job to fill at the moment?
We have a HORECA (hotel, restaurant and catering) sales manager role within Nestlé’s Nespresso business, selling that branding to those sectors. It’s a really exciting role but quite difficult to fill at the moment.
Laugh or cry, what did your most memorable candidate make you want to do and why?
I had one candidate that video interviewed and said ‘I need to redo it – I was doing the washing in the background’. Then I had another candidate who said in her interview that she was really detail-focused. Her boyfriend edited her CV and she had no idea. He’d written some inappropriate things in there. If you’re going to refer to your CV – make sure you know what’s in it!
What’s the best or worst interview question you’ve ever heard?
“What’s your best karaoke song?” Another one was “Out of these two people interviewing you, which one would you slap?”
Make us an offer we can’t refuse
Work for Nestlé – it’s a global FMCG company. There are so many different avenues and they really love to develop internally.
Lucy Skrzeczkowski, talent acquisition partner at food and beverage company Nestlé UK & Ireland