Q: What’s your favorite inspirational book or movie? Why?

A: Forrest Gump, because it has so many great life lessons to offer. One is to treat everyone you come across with respect because you never know who’s on the other side of the conversation or what their situation is. It also teaches you to expect the unexpected. Forrest always says, “Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” It’s true—you can’t predict what life is going to throw at you, so try not to stress so much about the future. A lot of that fear and anxiety ends up being lost energy and time. The last takeaway is to be kind. Forrest’s kindness towards others made him stand out and got him far in life.

 

Q: What’s your best advice for someone trying to get their foot in the door?

A: It’s important to be humble, especially if you are trying to break into an industry you’ve never worked in or are starting on a new career path. You have to start at the bottom and work your way up.  Make sure to avoid an attitude that suggests you’re better than that job. Everyone starts somewhere, and it’s key to remain teachable regardless of how much you think you already know about the position. My clients always tell me that employees with the best attitudes, who work diligently to improve themselves, move up faster than people with huge egos. People take notice of humility.

 

Q: If you had to choose one song to pump you up, what would it be?

A: “On to the Next One” by Jay Z!

 

Q: What would you be doing if you weren’t in the recruiting industry?

A: I wanted to be a therapist when I was in high school. I like listening to people’s life experiences to try and help them by offering my advice and perspective. I’m a realist and, I’m told, level-headed when it comes to giving advice. I feel like people always feel comfortable talking to me, so if I wasn’t a recruiter, I’d probably be a therapist or a life coach.

 

Q: What questions do you like to ask candidates to get a better understanding of who they are?

A: My go-to questions are typically, “What’s your dream job?” and “If you could pick any job, in any industry, what would it be?” I find these questions give me valuable insight into how to be strategic and place my candidate on a path where they can be fulfilled and succeed.