TFI - Lesley Thomson

TFI - Lesley Thomson

 2 Mar 2018

The Friday Interview

 

What is your name? 
Lesley Thomson
 
What do you do for a living in 10 words? 
I have an HR consultancy, Lesley Thomson Consulting Ltd.  
 
Where do you currently reside? 
I live in a little village, Crossford in Fife.
 
  1. Who did you idolise when growing up? 
Here I go not conforming to your questions. If you know me, you will know I don’t idolise people, but I do admire plenty of people now.  When growing up, I enjoyed listening to a range of music and lots of good people crossed my path, but I’ve never idolised anyone.
 
  1. How many interviews have you had in your career? 
Recently I have had a few interviews but overall in my career I have not had too many.  The first of many was after I was made redundant back in 2009 but before then I had been with the same company for 20 years and had no interviews in that time.
  1. What was your worst one? 
I had one last year for a company who shall remain nameless.  They have a strong brand and it was surprising to me that I arrived at the interview to be interviewed by the Head of HR for 2 roles which I was unaware of.  They weren’t roles I would wanted to have interviewed for, nor would I have given me the job(s). That was unprofessional and a waste of everyone’s time.  The company hadn’t told the recruiter that they changed the roles.  I should have stopped the interview, but I kept thinking, is it me that’s got this wrong. 
 
  1. From your career so far, what has been your best job and why? 
Working for yourself is pretty cool but it’s not something I am going to pursue in the short term.  I enjoyed my time back in the early 90’s working for Hewlett Packard at the time.  It was such a fabulous organisation to work for and the people were genuinely great people, many of whom I am still in contact with today.  There were lots of development opportunities and I was sent off to work in California for 6 months. 
 
  1. What did you want to do when you were a kid? 
When I was a kid I wanted to be an air hostess or cabin crew.  Now I can’t think of anything worse!
 
 
  1. What goals have you set for 2018 and beyond? 
My personal goal is to secure a new role as HRD with an organisation who genuinely have a great culture and a strong brand.  I also want to focus on my health and wellbeing which has become very important to me in the past couple of years.  My daughters are at a crucial stage in their education so I want to support them as much as I can.
 
  1. What would you want to tell your 20-year-old self-knowing what you know now? 
I did pretty good at guiding my 20 year old self back then and I still would say, dream big and you can achieve whatever you want.  Stay true to your personal values and you’ll do just fine.  If Plan A doesn’t work out, kick the crap out of Plan B.  
 
  1. What memories do you have of your first ever job? 
I worked in various jobs when I was younger.  I used to work on a farm as a weekend house cleaner.  It was hard work and I’ve never stop working really hard since then.
 
  1. What was the best advice you received at the beginning of your career? 
I can’t remember so far back, back then we didn’t have career advice and support in the way we provide for our teenagers these days, but I knew I needed to work hard at no matter what I chose to do. 
 
 
  1. What is an embarrassing thing that not many people would know about you? (for example, have you ever been on a game show or something similar). 
There is nothing too embarrassing about me or what I’ve done but things which may surprise some are that I used to teach fitness, I have been interviewed on the Scottish News and I used to be in a band.  That’s not too embarrassing is it.
 
 
 
 
 

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