Our interview with Tony

Vegas takes first place on Senior Recruitment Consultant, Tony’s, list of favourite holiday destinations. But what’s top of his list when it comes to recruitment? Office joker, Tony Hynes, shares his thoughts…

Tell us about your role with DATS

I’m Senior Recruitment Consultant and recruit within the Civil/Structural sector. I work with a mixture of contract and permanent personnel, mainly focussing on Engineers but working with most professionals from CAD Technicians right up to director level. I also mentor a couple of other consultants within the office and help steer them in the right direction and help them to achieve their own goals.

What did you do prior to DATS?

I’ve been with DATS for just over three years but haven’t always been a consultant. I actually started my career in retail and was a Retail Manager with Toys R Us for four years before diving into the world of recruitment. I worked with the store since the age of 16 whilst still studying and did a total of 11 years there, working my way up from part time Sales Assistant to Assistant Store Manager. I’m really grateful of the experience I gained – it gave me great grounding and developed me, both personally and professionally.

Why recruitment?

Other than the rewards you can get from recruitment, I really enjoy beating my competition. Working in a very tough marketplace there’s no better feeling that speaking with a rare candidate, working with them exclusively and securing multiple interviews and offers for them.

And why DATS? Was there something specifically that attracted you?

At the time of applying, the company was at the beginning of quite an extensive period of change and it was the perfect time to join and become an important part of the team. During my time here I’ve seen the appointment of eight new staff, with the recruitment team growing from four to nine – we’ve also added marketing and admin. It’s a company that’s really growing and going places and it’s exciting to be part of it.

I saw DATS (and still do) as a great place for me to start my recruitment career. They offer world class training and endless support. Personally, DATS has provided me with a genuine opportunity for me to progress into a management role, which given my background, was something I was really keen to do.

What’s the best thing about your role?

I’m really enjoying the management aspect; working closely with two other consultants in the office and offering support and guidance to the rest of the team. I really enjoy helping others strive to achieve and hit their own targets. Knowing I have helped someone achieve their goals and seeing them develop and progress really gives me a sense of pride.

Any claims to fame?

I placed the author of a popular joke book which was released onto our shelves almost 12 months ago. He has around 250,000 followers on twitter, so I feel he’s a bit of a celeb! His “real” profession is a Civil Design Engineer, but with me being the office joker I was certainly pleased with my free copy of his book!!