Insight Into… Mathew Holliday. Part-Time Foodie, Full-Time Recruiter!

What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?

I started at Insight in June 2018 as a Permanent Consultant on the Engineering team. The market that I focus on is Electrical Controls and Instrumentation. I’ve been in recruitment for coming up to 2 years now, beforehand I worked in industrial and construction temps, which gave me a good grounding but I soon learnt that I wanted to challenge myself with more technical roles and speak to better quality candidates and clients.

How do the company values of Insight match up with you personally?

I have always been driven with rugby growing up, I am ultra competitive and don’t like losing. Recruitment is a very competitive environment so I am always trying to be the best I can be at work. Honesty is the best policy, there are so many cowboy recruiters and salespeople out there, I would much rather be known and respected for doing the right thing. At the end of the day reputation is everything and it takes a long time to build a decent one.

What does success mean to you?

This is a very expansive question, and one I honestly don’t have a definitive answer for. I am certainly motivated by money and living a nice lifestyle, which in recruitment means signing deals, hitting your targets and always looking for better ways to do your job.  So I think to really measure success you have to understand what makes you happy and makes you tick – for me its making some serious money.

What are your top tips for success?

If you’re not learning you’re failing. Take each disappointment as a lesson learned. Always be open to new ways of working, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes.

What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?

When I was job hunting I must have done 9-10 interviews so be prepared to be absolutely drained! It’s also really important to remember that you might not receive offers from every interview, so use people’s time wisely, be inquisitive, ask questions and use what you have learned in future interviews. Cliche alert: “be yourself.” If the company wanted a robot, they would not be speaking to you. The rise of the machines is inevitable, however until then, personality is king.

Give us some Insight Into yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?

Mum and Dad live in Cornwall so them being so close to the sea and not seeing them too often means I try get down there as much as I can.

I am also a keen snowboarder and I try to get to the Alps, usually Austria or France at least once a year.

At home, my favourite place is the kitchen. I was always very guilty of having mum cook everything for me; when I moved to Manchester I needed to learn how to fend for myself. Thanks to Gordon Ramsay and his YouTube channel I’m starting to put together some really nice meals at home. Cooking has been such an amazing release from what can be a very stressful job at times. I am also really into red wine.