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Quick Fire 10 with Oliver Marchant

  • Publish Date: Posted about 2 months ago
  • Author:by Sheridan Muir

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​I had a few questions to ask Oliver Marchant, technology consultant in the UK and he shared how he got into recruitment, his advice for someone just getting into the industry, and why he chose to work at Eames.

1. How did you get into recruitment?
I first started recruitment when I was still in school studying for my A-levels as I did my work experience for a recruitment company. When that ended they offered me a chance to work there during my holidays and offered me a full-time position, but I chose to go to university instead.

When I came out of Uni I was looking for multiple roles in finance and remembered how I had previously enjoyed working in recruitment so sought a career in recruitment, specifically in tech.

2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
My main advice for someone new would be to just get on the phone as much as you can, don’t overthink the sourcing side and just call anyone you think could be suitable for the position. If they’re not right they’ll be able to tell you on the phone when you’re discussing the role.

3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
Recruitment is a very rewarding job that you get out of it what you put in. If you work hard you will see the results and get rewarded for them.

4. What is the proudest moment in your career to date?
Getting promoted in my first 6 months of joining Eames. I came in and hit my targets for promotion before my probation was finished which shows if you work hard you get rewarded.

5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
Recently I have had a lot of slow feedback from different clients slowing down the process and as such losing candidates to other roles. To counter this I have tried managing my candidates' expectations from the beginning, keeping close contact with everyone in the process, and getting as much information as I can about their competing offers/interview stages. This way I can keep the client informed and try to speed up the process by letting the client know how demanding the current market is and how quickly candidates can go off the market.

6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
To call as many candidates as you can for each role. You cant fill a role without getting on the phone, and talking to as many candidates as you can gives you the best chance. This way you’ll find people quicker and have a greater understanding of what the role demands of its candidates enabling you to send across the best profiles for the client’s needs.

7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
To maintain a positive attitude every day. Sometimes when certain things aren’t going right for you or someone drops out at the last minute, it can affect your attitude and that comes across to your candidates. But if you maintain a positive attitude you work faster and tend to have more successful calls, allowing you to fill roles quicker, which in turn makes you feel better.

8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
I stay motivated and driven by looking at the rewards for successful work and pushing to hit my goals.

9. How do you keep a work-life balance?
I try to keep my weekends for myself and focus on work during the week. Additionally, I use my holidays and take short breaks away to reset. I think this helps to refocus on work and push when you are here.

10. Why Eames?
Eames is a very supportive company, they help out if you’re struggling and they celebrate your wins with you. My team work very well together and push you to do better.