Hilary Anderson is the Head Of Recruitment at Metropolitan Housing Association. The Metropolitan Housing Association deliver care and support to customers with a wide range of needs, specialising in services for older people and for people with mental health issues and learning disabilities. We also deliver a wide range of shorter-term services which provide customers with intensive support. Find out more about Hilary in this 60-second read.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago on how to become a Head of Recruitment?
Don’t wait to be asked, if you see something could be improved be brave and put your ideas forward
It takes time and can be uncomfortable at times but, create your networks, you can have the best ideas in the world but people buy into you as much as what you know or can do for them
What is your greatest career achievement?
Having great people to work with, it’s amazing, the more I do this the luckier I get with my teams
What is the best thing about working for Metropolitan Thames Valley?
Working with people who are passionate about making a real difference in people’s lives, sounds a bit trite but it’s absolutely, unequivocally and unconditionally true
How would your team describe you?
Always wanting the best for them, not always nice but always loyal and ready to support when you truly need it.
If not in HR/Recruitment, what would the dream be?
Spiders and not being good enough
Depends on my mood, Out of Africa, Second Hand Lions, I like happy endings.
Favourite holiday destination and why?
Too many to choose from and I haven’t been everywhere yet, I love the Middle East because of its history, Italy (ditto) I’m happy scrambling around ruins, placing my feet where people lived thousands of years ago is fascinating.
If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or passed), who would you invite, and why?
Martin Luther King, Titus Vespasian, Howard Carter, Marilyn Monroe, I could ask them what really happened.
Who is your hero/idol?