Kate joined Summit Recruitment & Search 3 years ago as a Junior Consultant and has been promoted over the years. She is now a Senior Consultant, specialising in Senior Executive Search positions, such as C-suite positions, GM’s, Directors, VP’s and Managers and tends to deal in the legal, private equity, agricultural, marketing/branding and manufacturing sectors.
• What made you join Summit Recruitment & Search?
I came to Summit seeking a change in my career. I knew about Summit through a friend and Summit was highly recommended. I applied for a role and was invited for assessments. I left only to be called 20 mins later by our MD to inform me that she had a role, a different one, which she felt I was a perfect fit for. It was to join the Summit team!
Three years later, after much growth and continuous development I am a Senior Recruitment Consultant.
• What does your day entail?
My role provides a vital link between clients and candidates. The role is demanding and diverse and involves:
Client meetings to better understand their mission and vision.
Perform job and task analysis to document job requirements and objectives.
Source and attract candidates by using databases & headhunting.
Screen candidate’s resumes and job applications.
Conduct interviews using various reliable personnel selection tools/methods to filter candidates within schedule.
Assess applicants’ relevant knowledge, skills, soft skills, experience and aptitudes.
Monitor and apply HR recruiting best practices.
Provide analytical and well documented reports to the rest of the team.
Act as a point of contact and build influential candidate relationships during the selection process.
• What’s the most enjoyable part of your day?
I am a people’s person. I tend to enjoy meeting new clients and interviewing candidates for roles I find exciting e.g. CEO, Finance and any PR and/or communications roles. Aside from that, it gives me a platform to understand different cultures from different parts of the world. I find it exciting placing candidates in places like Rwanda, Nigeria, Tanzania, South Africa and Ethiopia – in fact anywhere! It feels like every candidate’s journey for employment is a journey we take together.
• Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I am a fun loving person who loves cooking and watching football (especially when Manchester United is playing!!). I am terrified of chameleons. I don’t understand how such small creatures with their colour changing capacity can move so slowly without having a hidden agenda. That being said I enjoy watching National Geographic to at least try and find out how to deal with a chameleon attack! I have a hectic schedule that entails school, work and private life. It’s not always easy but having a planned day/week helps incredibly.