Q&A with Niamh Stutchbury - Risk, Regulation and Compliance

Pubished 25th August 2022


Introducing Niamh

Niamh joined InterQuest’s Risk, Regulation and Compliance function in February 2022. Having excelled in operational, sales and technical roles, Niamh was keen to build a career within recruitment. We caught up with Niamh to find out what her experience has been like.

Niamh Stutchbury profile

How have you found moving into recruitment?

You would think it is quite scary for me entering a completely different industry and job. I went from a managerial role building websites to risk and compliance recruitment.

It was a completely different sector for me, but it felt like a blank canvas which was quite exciting! I went in with no bad habits and could just run with it. The support and training I’ve received to date has been incredible.

The training plan that Michelle and Greg provided made me feel very comfortable and supported throughout my onboarding even when I initially didn’t have any recruitment experience to bring to the table. In comparison to five months ago, I’ve learned so much about risk, compliance, and the wider recruitment industry.

What have you enjoyed and what's been the most rewarding?

Well, obviously that one will be placing candidates. The most rewarding experience so far was that I recently got a single mum a job, who hadn't been working for four years.

Guiding someone through a process who had not been working or not had an interview in years was really rewarding. Being able to get her back into employment, support her so she could begin to develop her career again, whilst also getting her a deal that is best for her work life balance felt fantastic. It feels great to know all of that and make sure that she still had time with her kids and a good future with a great company.

Overall I've enjoyed the general atmosphere, working at InterQuest is a really lovely environment to be in. You don't feel like you can't ask people questions. If I had a question, I wouldn't feel awkward going to a senior member of staff. I always ask a lot of questions because I think if you don't ask, you don't know, and you can't get any better at your job.

What’s been the most challenging?

I’d say having persistence in the role and ensuring accurate conversations to understand what’s most important to candidates and why. For instance, this could be flexibility on working arrangements or further commitments. Learning to understand where they need their career path to lead to achieve their goals has been very challenging.

What advice would you give to people looking to join recruitment?

I'd say go for it! You've got more to gain than to lose. If anything, it shapes your character. It helped me massively in terms of how I approach situations, how I approach difficult conversations. It's not something that you'll just learn in a job. It's a skillset that you take with you throughout life, and I think that's the greatest achievement in recruitment as well.

What’s great about recruitment is how much work you put in, is how much you get out. So, if you're willing to graft and willing to work really hard, the results will always follow.

What would you tell people about the Risk regulation and Compliance team?

We’re all from different parts of the world and country ranging from Turkey and the Canary Islands to Scotland, Hull, the Midlands and Manchester. I'm from down South, so we're all from all different areas but the great thing is that there's always good vibes in the team. Everyone helps everyone out.

If I spoke to a candidate and they may not be good for my role, I will share them with somebody else, or if they're too expensive for me and someone else has got a role like mine but more suitable, we'll share.

We're a team that brings each other up, which is a fantastic environment to be in and if anything will help you succeed. We all celebrate each other's wins, which you don't get in a lot of places. This team is really supportive, and I couldn't ask for more to be honest.

How would you describe your colleagues?

All great fun!

Whether you are a recruiter looking for a change or an individual who is keen to start a career in recruitment then get in touch:

julie.pratten@interquestgroup.com