Elaine McCrink

Principal Consultant (General Insurance), HRC Recruitment

IFSDG:  How long have you worked in HRC Recruitment?

Elaine: I joined HRC Recruitment just over 2 years ago.  In my previous role, HRC Recruitment was my main competition within the insurance recruitment sector, so it made sense that we joined forces.

IFSDG:  How many people work at HRC Recruitment?

Elaine: 63 and counting between our Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee offices.

IFSDG:  What is the vision for HRC Recruitment in Glasgow?

Elaine: It sounds like a cliché, but after 20 years recruiting within the general insurance sector, I'd like to be seen as a subject matter expert and the go-to person for all recruitment requirements.

IFSDG:  What's a typical day for you?

Elaine: There is never a typical day in recruitment, it's such a reactive job. I receive around 80 emails per day; I interview one or two candidates; and I usually have at least one client meeting over coffee or lunch. The one thing that is guaranteed about my day is that my 'things to do' list gets bigger.

IFSDG:  Why did HRC Recruitment choose to locate in the IFSD in Glasgow?

Elaine: The move was essential, due to our staff numbers continually growing. We have recently moved into a state of the art, open plan office space with floor to ceiling windows. On a clear day, I can look out of my office window and see the Campsie Hills. It's such a great feeling coming into a professional office where the majority of your clients are situated nearby, making it easy to pop out to catch face to face time with them.

IFSDG: Three good things about working in Glasgow?

Elaine: As a shopaholic, I have to say the retail offering, closely followed by the people - they are genuinely so friendly and outgoing. Lastly, the architecture - our city is full of beautiful old buildings with the most amazing stonework which sit in contrast to the brand shiny new tower blocks, we just don't look up enough.

IFSDG:  What is your biggest business achievement to date?

Elaine: I am extremely proud of the success of the Ladies of Insurance Lunches. Nine years ago, it started by inviting 20 women from the industry to a charity lunch. Fast forward to 2019 and these lunches are still happening twice a year for between 150-200 ladies every time. We have raised thousands and thousands of pounds for local charities as well as having some fabulous afternoon networking events… often ending in a karaoke session!

IFSDG:  What is the best investment you ever made?

Elaine: Without a doubt, it's my family. I met my husband almost 30 years ago and we have one son, aged 27, who makes me proud every day. Next year he gets married to a great girl and I also have two amazing, crazy, energetic and handsome grandsons. I have been extremely lucky to have a great work-life balance throughout my career.

IFSDG:  Which businessperson or company do you most admire and why?

Elaine: I have just finished reading the Jo Malone story. She is inspirational, building her brand up from nothing and going on to sell her company for millions of pounds, while remaining closely involved with the business. I enjoy reading how kind, ruthless, mad, hard working or even lucky some businesspeople are.

IFSDG:  What did you want to be when you were a child?

Elaine: I wanted to be a teacher. Even as a child I wanted people to pay attention and listen to me.

IFSDG:  What do you do to relax away from the office?

Elaine: I had to look up "relax" as I don't understand the concept.  I visit the gym up to six times a week; I babysit my grandsons as much as possible; and I have a very active social life, networking with clients at least twice per week.  

IFSDG: I-Phone or Android?

Elaine: Android

IFSDG: Favourite band?

Elaine: Michael Bublé (seen him 3 times live)

IFSDG: Favourite sport?

Elaine: Do spin classes at the gym count?

IFSDG: Favourite movie?

Elaine: At the moment its Monsters Inc, I can recite every word!

IFSDG: Sunshine or snow?

Elaine: Definitely sunshine

IFSDG:  and finally, what three words sum you up?

Elaine: competitive, sociable, fun

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