Insight Into… Thomas Johnstone!
What is your role at Insight and how did you get here?
My role as a Candidate Consultant involves sourcing the best .NET developers in the North West of England. I finished my degree in Accounting and Finance in July and took some time out to enjoy my summer before getting started with my career. I didn’t know much about recruitment initially, but after looking into it and visiting the Insight office, I really liked what I saw. I’ve now settled in to my new role and enjoy working at Insight.
How do the company values of Insight match up with you personally?
The value that I relate to me most is the caring aspect of Insight. There’s a real family atmosphere at the company; everyone gets along, everyone has time for one another and everyone is more than happy to provide the support I need to progress in my career. I can also relate to the honesty of the business. Honesty goes a long way, especially in recruitment, where building relationships is a massive part of the job.
What does success mean to you?
Success to me means excelling in whatever it is you want to do. Success to me also means being able to do the things that you’ve always wanted to do: going on holidays that you’ve always wanted to go on, having the car that you’ve always dreamed of or just being able to give the people around you things that they deserve.
What are your top tips for success?
My main tip for success would be to put the hard work in. Without grafting, you aren’t going to become successful. I’d also say that staying focussed is key to becoming successful. Setting goals is also vital so that you have something to strive towards and having an end vision in mind helps motivate you to reach them.
What’s the best advice you have for anyone on the job hunt?
My best advice for someone that is on the job hunt is to sell yourself in the best way possible. This means that if there is any information that could either make you stand out or any information that could help you in any way then don’t hold it back. Also, when it comes to interviews, confidence is key. If you’re confident then you’ll give off a good first impression and stand a better chance to get the job.
Give us some Insight Into yourself on a personal level – when you’re not working, what do you enjoy doing?
What I get up to when I’m not in the office varies. It mainly involves meeting friends to either go to the gym, play football or go for a drink. Other than that, I spend time with my girlfriend and often go up to Liverpool to see her when she’s at uni. Going on holidays is also a huge part of my life, I like to get away as much as possible to allow me to see new places.