Recruiter: Ashley McPeak
Team: Paraprofessional Healthcare Services
Covers: Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin
1. What do you tell candidates who want to grow in their career at Brookdale?
Soak in as much knowledge as you can. Look at every challenge as an opportunity to learn something new. If you’re asked to work on special projects or tasks outside the scope of your position, it’s usually on purpose! You never know what position or promotion is on the other side.
2. What have you always wanted to do?
I’ve always wanted to travel around the country. The United States has so many natural wonders, and I want to experience as many of them as I can. I have been fortunate enough to see Rocky Mountain National Forest and Estes Park in Denver, the Southernmost Point in Key West, The French Quarter in New Orleans, The Arch in St. Louis and The Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. I’m just getting started; there are so many more places I have planned to explore.
3. If you could have a super hero power, what would it be and why?
I’d definitely want the power to fly! Not only could I bypass any traffic, but I could also see the whole city from the sky.
4. What’s the best thing a candidate can do after the interview?
Yes, you should come prepared to the interview to ask questions about the position, but don’t be afraid to ask any follow-up questions even after the interview. It shows me a candidate is thorough and excited about the position.
5. What would you sing at karaoke?
Though I live in a music-centered city, I can’t sing at all. The song wouldn’t matter, because I would just be lip-synching in a group with talent.
6. Describe your career journey. How did you become a recruiter at Brookdale?
I have held many different job titles on my career journey. I’ve worked in retail, in an ophthalmology office and at a bank. Then, I finally found Brookdale last year. My journey has been an adventure so far. With the 2014 merger, we experienced exponential growth in size. What I’ve noticed is that when a company is growing, opportunities for you to grow expand, too. Now, I have familiarity with job posting, on-boarding, job markets and analysis, our positions and applicant tracking systems that much more. This past April I accepted a promotion that landed me in the Paraprofessional Recruiter role. I didn’t realize I would be promoted in such a short time. This has been my favorite position in my career so far. I work with some of my favorite people, get to celebrate with candidates on the phone when someone has accepted their dream job and know the growth potential is unreal at this company.
7. How do you balance life and work?
I make sure to finish everything I can before I leave work that day. This way, I can really enjoy being at home. I do check my email periodically in case candidates have questions. After all, it’s my job to make their first Brookdale experience go as smoothly as possible.
8. What’s your biggest fear?
I am absolutely terrified of all spiders big and small. Anytime I see one, my life flashes before my eyes!
9. What was the best concert you’ve seen live?
To this day the hands-down best concert I’ve ever been to was Garth Brooks in 1995.
10. Describe a heartwarming story you’ve had with one of your candidates.
I had a candidate who worked in retail selling jewelry. He told me that a longtime customer and his wife came into the store one day explaining the ring bought years prior from the store was recently stolen in a burglary. They wanted it replaced, but the ring was no longer being made. When the couple left the store, my candidate called his corporate office and spoke to a merchandise specialist to find the original manufacturer, then called the manufacturer who gave him the product information after explaining the mishap. He took the initiative to work with the manufacturer to have the ring specially made for the couple. My candidate even arranged a surprise with the longtime customer for his wife. The wife was overjoyed and in tears. This is the initiative and solution-oriented attitude we look for at Brookdale. My candidate could have apologized for the inconvenience and went on his way. Instead, he saw his role as an opportunity to impact, and that’s exactly what he did.
Brookdale Careers’ Recruiter Spotlight is a 10-question, tri-weekly feature, where one Brookdale recruiter provides resume, interview, and job tips.