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Mike Dias Chase and Holland Interview

Mike Dias

Mike Dias Chase and Holland Interview

Why Chase and Holland Recruitment?

“I looked at several businesses and interviewed for a couple receiving offers. I then had a phone call from Ian. We spoke for about 10 minutes and I finished the call feeling excited about the opportunity. He said don’t decide on your other offers before coming to meet us. I started to do some research before my interview and could only find good comments and feedback along with the fact it sounded like a great place to work.

From my first meeting the things that stood out straight away was the working environment and the people in it. After my first interview, I knew this was the place for me. Maybe not the easiest option in terms of first recruitment role compared to the others but as a whole package Chase and Holland was the obvious choice. Since joining, the support and training given has been second to none with a competitive but very friendly environment. A big drive for me is there is no limit at Chase and Holland everyone wants you to succeed with provided support that you need to do so

Why recruitment and what is it about recruitment you like?

“I come from a sporting background where my passion for the last 25 years has been Rugby. Born in South Africa, it was something I just grew up doing and continued to do so after moving to the Isle of Man. I continued to follow my passion in University at UWIC Cardiff where we had a full time rugby programme giving me the chance to play professionally in Portugal while representing my father’s country Portugal.

I had a chance to further my experiences playing in Spain and then back to the UK for a season playing in the English Championship. At the age of 28 I started to worry about what I’d do after rugby. I have a few good friends in recruitment who have always tried getting me involved, so after chatting to close friends about their different industries and day to day jobs, it was something that really appealed to me. After careful consideration I made my way back from Portugal for the second time to find work and play semi pro rugby. Everything about recruitment appeals to me - I love interacting with different types of people and felt it’s something that comes naturally to me in terms of building relationships, so it just made sense that I could make money doing it while also having a sense of achievement finding solutions for clients and candidates. The day to day role itself is also very varied which has made it an easy transition for me from rugby whilst still giving me competition and objectives. ”

What have been your biggest challenges entering a career in Finance recruitment?

“As explained earlier, I had no Finance experience at all before joining Chase and Holland. After initial training with Ian, getting stuck in and ‘learning on the job’ I think it’s like anything - if you are interested in what you are doing and pay enough attention you learn quickly.

I still have a lot to learn and welcome the challenge but for me it’s about learning on the job and not being afraid to ask questions. My Director Vikki has been a great help as well, never ever getting annoyed no matter how silly the question.”

So what is your average day?

“It literally depends on the day and what I have got on. I could be out meeting clients or candidates first thing or in the office from around 8:30. Admin is my weakness so if I’m in the office early and don’t have anything urgent to deal with I get that done first so I can concentrate on working on my active jobs. My aim in the morning is to give myself a set plan and work through it. Now that sounds a lot more organised than it is as things happen on the go with this job and that’s something which I really enjoy. It’s rare you can clear your desk in this job so it’s something you have to get in your head and become good at prioritising."

Do you have time to do anything other than work?

“I really try to work hard all week and go the extra mile if I need to so that I can finish early on a Friday with the available flex time to me due to hitting targets. I generally make sure I get to work slightly earlier so that when 09:00 hits I’m on it and can get my plan on the way for the day. I do 90% of the time finish in the office around 17:30 but might go home and work if needs be. I do get plenty of time to still play semi pro rugby training Tuesday and Thursday nights and playing on a Saturday so again it’s just managing your time and expectations. If you work hard in the day and are bringing in results Chase and Holland offers you the flexibility to still have a great work life balance."

What makes you successful?

“The enjoyment of building relationships and new connections. My whole life has based around that and something which comes naturally to me. I really believe sport and in particular rugby has given me great values which have been really easily transferable in this role but also very similar to what we believe here at Chase and Holland.”