Strange facts about Be-IT people, No 1. Our newest arrival, young(ish) Alastair Philp, apart from (allegedly) looking like that Bear Grylls chap, shares his surname with one of the most famous golf club makers of all time. Like Alastair, a Fifer, Hugh Philp made clubs for some of the giants of the early days of golf – men like Old Tom Morris – and is today described as the Stradivarius of Golf. So he’s got quite a lot to live up to, but he’s making a promising start!
What other jobs have you done apart from being a recruiter?
I worked in a butchers as a part time job when I was at school and at a bookies when I was a student.
What it your biggest disaster at work (anywhere)
I once refused to serve a man at the bookies as I thought he was drunk. It turned out he was my new manager coming in for the keys and he was sober…..
What makes a good recruiter?
Being friendly, organised, driven and dependable.
Favourite food and drink and where in the world would you like to be when you are having them?
Would have to be a cold beer and Pad Thai on the beach in Kho Tao.
Recommend a restaurant and/or bar for us?
Cafe Andaluz does amazing tapas and The Angels' Share, great cocktails and good live music.
What’s your view of the market just now – where are the real challenges?
I feel there is a lot of opportunity in the market at the moment, especially in digital which is growing by the day.
What do candidates need to do better to help you get them a job?
Be open and ready to communicate with me. If I have all the details and information then I will have a much better chance of getting them the job.
Favourite (non work) website and why?
Putlocker – so I can watch all the latest TV programmes and films.
Favourite (work) website and why?
LinkedIn – it is where I find the best candidates.
Favourite techie gadget?