Five Minutes with… Ben

Each month, we’ll feature one of our team members in a brief Q&A, so you can get to know us all better! This month we’re meeting Ben Galyas.

How did you get into recruitment?

I was job hunting as a fine art grad and applied for conference production. I met Jonny and he started talking to me about recruitment which, at the time, I hadn’t considered, but it sounded really interesting and I’m really enjoying it.

Tell us about the sectors you recruit in…

Business publishing which is mainly business information covering financial markets and commodities, but also general research roles (i.e. conference production). Business information providers effectively unearth information that isn’t available elsewhere by building relationships in relevant industries.

So, if I was a trader in metals for example, I’d want to subscribe to one of your clients’ sites…?

Yeah, or a hedge fund manager or someone working in private equity.

Why do you think your clients and candidates like working with you?

Clients probably because I’m always on hand come what may. Candidates because I’m generous with my time. I’m more than happy to advise about qualifications, CVs, careers, what companies to look at etc.

Now to get to know you! If you never had to work again and money was no object, what would you do?

I wouldn’t not work, because I’d get bored. I quite like having to work, I think I’d be depressed without structure. And I don’t think I’d move jobs. So I’d continue to recruit… maybe I’d buy Rupert out!

I’d buy myself a flat and I’d probably buy my mum something nice.

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

*Cannot put this answer in – Ed*

Who would play you in the film of your life?

If someone were to make a film of my life I don’t think it would be exceptionally well funded, I don’t think they’d forecast much of an audience for it! It would just be shown at maybe one amateur festival, so they would probably get an unpaid intern to play me!

What’s the worst job you’ve done?

One Christmas I went home and worked at the bar at Harvey Nicholls and that was truly awful. It had been recently done up in Birmingham and they turned a quite well respected brand into a place for premier league and championship footballers…

What’s your favourite book?

That’s a good question, I don’t read much fiction. There is one fiction book of skits by Richard Prince. He’s an American artist and he plays the part of certain absurd characters in American life. In terms of non-fiction, there’s an Italian theorist called Bifo Beradi who I really like and he writes in a very poetic way. I’ve seen him speak a few times, he’s very passionate and eccentric.

I’ve been dreading this with you…And your favourite song?

Why have you been dreading it?

Because you’re soo into your music, I’m afraid you’re just going to say “here are 150 songs I like”.

Yeah, and that kind of is the answer I want to give. Johnny and I went to see Yves Tumor recently, and there’s a song called Licking an Orchid that I really like. But to be clear, it’s not my favourite song. I don’t have a favourite song.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what’s the first thing you’d do?

I’d feel so relieved, I’d realise my fate and embrace it. I hate coconut water too, so I’d probably die quickly.

And finally, what’s your favourite colour?

I don’t have a favourite colour, and I’m not going to be drawn on that.

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