Consultant in the Chair – Archana Ravalia Corporate Services
This week we hear from Archie (Archana) Ravalia who recruits within the Corporate Services division. Archie is a member of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals (IRP) and has over 10 years recruitment experience.
How did you get into recruitment?
I applied for a role in recruitment because of my sales background and also the fact that I had to meet targets
What are the main challenges in the London recruitment market?
Lots of competitors and the fact that clients have onsite recruiters that want to fill in their own roles
What was your first placement in recruitment?
My very first 2 placements were for an Italian speaking engineer within Telecomms and a Korean Sales Administrator for a ballroom company.
What do you enjoy the most about your job?
I enjoy the satisfaction and sense of achievement you get when you make placements and find candidates their dream jobs. I also enjoy meeting candidates of different nationalities and backgrounds, visiting clients in different industries and sectors and finding suitable candidates for them.
What are the main challenges of working in Corporate Services division?
The main challenges are working with Onsite recruiters who are also targeted to fill their own roles. We don’t get to meet the line managers and this can sometimes prevent us from getting a real understanding of the business so that we can do the best job in finding the right people.
What are the three most important qualities you need to be a successful recruitment consultant ?
- A good listener
- Be approachable and have an honest personality
- Great communication skills
What advice would you give someone who was thinking about a career in the industry?
Be ready to take on new challenges and be able to manage / juggle different client expectations
How has the recruitment industry changed since you started ?
There are many more communication channels now especially with social media and the fact that there are so many onsite recruiters working in large corporate clients.
What is the biggest lesson you have learnt in life?
Always be honest, open minded and trust your instincts
What would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment?
I would definitely be working in sales, hopefully promoting a brand that I believe in. If not I’d be a make up artist!!