Recruiter Interview – Richard Koshar
What company do you work for?
REK Group Fashion Staffing
What is your job title?
What type of recruiting do you do?
Tell us a little about yourself.
We place fashion people in NJ / NYC. Wholesale fashion CO’s.
How did you get into recruiting?
By accident… I was looking for a job in 1979.
Why would a fashion industry job seeker want to work at/with your company?
Because we are a small company that works hard to place the right person with the right company thats why we don’t look for clients anymore… we get referrals… no more cold calling.
Tell us about the hiring process at your company.
We make sure that not only does the applicant have the skills needed and the salary range… but that they have the flexible hard working attitude that any company would need! No primadonnas please 🙂
What types of fashion industry positions do you recruit for?
Operations, production, accounting, tech design, EDI, allocations, customer service, etc.
What sources do you use the most to find fashion industry talent? (jobboards, newspapers, social media, personal networking, colleges, etc…)
Referrals from candidates I already know and StyleCareers.
What should job seekers know about your job as a recruiter?
If we send a person to the wrong place it is a waste of everyone’s time… so we try to get it right.
WIN WIN WIN FOR ALL
What are some of the most common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make when looking/applying/interviewing/etc… for a job?
Always worried about money and growth… that will come if they do a good job!
What advice do you have for younger job seekers?
Get an entry level job… work hard… stay there for 2 years at least… then get more specific in what you really want to do.
What advice do you have for older job seekers?
I love experienced people.
They have bills to pay and they know how to do the job required without complaining.
What are some common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make during the job search process? Resumes/Cover Letters/Correspondence/Applications/Follow-up/Interview/etc…
Making stronger titles on resume thinking the company will be happier that they are a manager after 6 months background.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Go on a few interviews… get them all to hire you… then decide which company is best for you.
As far back as 1979… I have never considered what I do sales if I put the right person with the right company… then I make $$ so it’s more important to do the right thing first. All the rest of the plan will follow after you do a good job placing the person in the right company. My first applicant placed at Salomon Bros in 1979… stayed for 27 years… then retired!!!