I had a few questions to ask Sinta Fragkou, consultant, on the change management and technology team at Eames Consulting in the UK, and she shared how she got into recruitment, her number one secret to success, the challenges she's faced in her career and why Eames.
1. How did you get into recruitment?
A recruiter approached me on LinkedIn. I hadn’t heard of recruitment before as it is not as common back home, but thanks to that recruiter, I found out what recruitment is about.
2. What is your advice for someone just getting into recruitment?
Be prepared for lots of ups and downs. Don't overfocus on either because anything can change within a day, a bad week can turn into a good one and vice versa. Always keep trying!
3. What is it about recruitment that has kept you in the industry?
Closing deals for difficult processes! Although quite stressful, definitely worth it!
4. What is your proudest moment in your career to date?
Helping someone land their first job in UK! They are very talented, and I have no doubt they would have found a job, but I’m proud to think I approached them and found the perfect role for them.
5. What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career so far, and how have you overcome that?
The beginning of my career was challenging as I was adapting to London, trying to find a house and learning about recruitment simultaneously. It was stressful, but it was even more exciting. I didn’t stop searching for a house luckily found one in record time according to my friends, and my curiosity has definitely helped me adapt to recruitment at the start.
6. What is your number 1 secret to success?
Asking for my colleague’s help! I am still new to recruitment therefore realising I don’t know everything and finding the right person to ask is definitely useful, especially on a diverse desk.
7. What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?
That time kills deals. I’ve appreciated now that a candidate doesn’t have to tick all the boxes and that personality also plays a role, so trying to find the “perfect candidate” is time-wasting and potentially “killing” a deal.
8. What are you driven by, and how do you stay motivated?
I’m driven by bettering myself. Knowing I can do better definitely keeps me motivated. Getting into the habit of following specific steps and trusting the process, as well as reminding myself that since it has worked in the past, why could it not work this time?
9. How do you keep a work/life balance?
I take care of myself daily I make sure I do something that I enjoy and is good for my mental and physical health.
10. Why Eames?
Because of the people! I’m lucky to have great and helpful colleagues.