The first interview in our Meet the Team series is with the Director of our Operations Division, Leslie Billy! So, everyone, this is Leslie. Leslie, meet everyone.
Katie: First things first, why were you initially interested in joining Impact Recruitment?
Leslie: I saw it as a really good opportunity to expand my career. I’ve been in the industry for 12 years and most of it has been on the temporary side of things, so I was very excited for an opportunity to explore the permanent side of recruitment, while also using the knowledge and experience I already have.
K: Using your experience in temporary and contract recruitment, do you feel that you’ll be able to help grow and improve Impact’s sister company, Impactemps?
L: Yes I do, definitely, and that was one of the reasons I chose to come on board with Impact. I felt there was a very entrepreneurial spirit at this company, and that’s something that is so important to me. I did have other offers on the table, but after I got the chance to meet with Jeff Harris (CEO of Impact Recruitment and Impactemps) I really began to understand what the core values of Impact were and I made the decision to come on board here where I knew my opinion and experience would be valued.
K: Impact is growing rapidly, so much so that we’ve made the PROFIT 500 list of Canada’s fastest-growing companies for several years in a row. Is that exciting for you, or is it kind of intimidating?
L: No, not intimidating at all. I love it. I feel like it’s a great thing because, you know, companies need to grow and need to change and need to innovate, it needs to be happening constantly. A company, no matter how good it is, can’t just stay stuck where it is, because even if you’re on the right track if you don’t keep moving it’s only a matter of time before you get hit.
K: What is your favourite thing about working at this company?
L: The culture, I love the people. I honestly love the people I work with. Within my first week I felt like I’d been here so much longer than just three days! We do big team lunches, have company events, we go for drinks together. We have a real work hard, play hard mentality, and that’s me, that’s who I am as a person and I love that the culture at Impact embodies that.
K: On a lighter note, what is something about you that you would consider a skill that nobody knows you have? Or at least nobody at Impact knows.
L: Oh, wow. Ummm, well I used to do mixed martial arts? I think that’s the most unique “skill” that I have. At my last job they called me the Karate Kid.
L: Please don’t (laughs).
K: For you personally, outside of Impact, what are your favourite things to do?
L: Uh (laughs) Netflix? Netflix and wine with my cat, if I’m being honest. Those are my favourite things to do.
K: I love that honesty! What do you hope to see for Impact in the future?
L: I want to see it keep its entrepreneurial spirit, no matter how much the company grows and expands, I want us to always keep forging forward and really dominate the industry. We can always strive to be better, and everybody who’s here is here for a reason. We’re all part of this team and together we can win and win, and keep on winning.
K: Say someone applies for an internal role here at Impact, and they’re preparing to go into an interview with our CEO, Jeff Harris, what would your advice be for them?
L: The recruitment industry is all about wanting to win, and the best advice I have is to make sure you convey that competitive nature in the interview, and really make sure it comes across that you’re driven, and you’re a team player, and at the end of the day you’re here to win.
Connect with Leslie on LinkedIn, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any questions about working at Impact Recruitment or would like to inquire about internal positions, feel free to give us a call at (604) 689-8687.