I had a few questions to ask Claris Goh, associate finance consultant at Eames Consulting in Singapore, and she shared how she got into recruitment, the best advice she's ever been given and why she chose to work at Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
I’ve always had a thing for recruitment throughout my career days. However, I didn’t have the opportunity to explore the industry whilst being in my comfort zone, nor did I take the courage for the first step. It was a late-night conversation with my close friend, who has been in recruitment for years, which motivated me and gave me the courage to take my first step. Hence here I am, stepping out of my comfort zone and learning something new from scratch because why not? You only have that many years to make the impact count.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Remember that it’s not going to be easy, and you need to be resilient. As uncomfortable as it gets, be prepared to get rejected multiple times. But don’t take it to heart. Remind yourself of your goals, and always keep that in mind when things get hard. Something I always hold on to which keeps me going – grit and grace!
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
The sense of achievement when I help someone achieve their career goals, when they are thankful for my help and when they start to trust me as a valuable headhunter. It’s the satisfaction from the conversations I have with people, which are enriching, and the connections I build with various people I speak to every day.
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
Being able to build a rapport with candidates willing to share with me more about themselves, although they were initially quite resilient to speak to. Another moment is when my candidates trust me in my job and tell me that they are thankful for my help throughout.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far and how have you overcome that?
Being able to show my ability early on in my career. You have to really keep trying in order to build trust and rapport with people. It all comes with experience, talking to more and more people, not taking things personally and taking every win and ‘fail’ to continue to learn. Also reminding myself to celebrate every small and big win!
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Listen to understand, not listen to reply. In other words, show that you genuinely care about what your candidates and clients want.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
“You’re going to fall multiple times; you just need to pick yourself up and keep going.”
8. What are you driven by and how do you stay motivated?
Being able to see the results I achieve in real-time after putting in the effort keeps me motivated and driven to do better.
9. How do you keep a work / life balance?
It’s a work in progress! I try to keep a routine of exercising once weekly or fortnightly. Catching up on my favourite series and making time for my family and friends.
10. Why Eames?
Because of Eames’ culture and values. I believe it’s about making opportunities for people and prioritising real value in the relationships we build with our clients and candidates. That’s what makes us different from others.