How I came to work at Equator - Chris Smith, SEO Manager

"If you could have one superpower, what would it be?" The question that sparked SEO Manager Chris Smith's interest in working at Equator...

I worked in a few different roles when I was younger – I was a supervisor in a supermarket, I sold PPI for a bank (yes, that was me) and I even worked as a bouncer for a very short period of time. But none of these were for me, and I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life.

So, that led to me going to Glasgow Caledonian University to study marketing, as that seemed like the appropriate thing to do, right?

Four years and one honours degree later, I found myself as this eager and enthusiastic graduate, who still had no idea what he wanted to do.

All of the “marketing” jobs being advertised were just sales jobs in disguise. I had done the whole sales thing, and I didn’t want to go back to it.

A few months passed, checking out the job sites and reading the templated recruitment emails that you get from these places, and still...nothing!

Then I received an email from my university careers service, and it just seemed to stick out. I opened it and had a read through their site and I saw what I liked. The catalyst was when I saw that one of the questions on the application form was “If you could have one superpower, what would it be?” I was sold. This was definitely somewhere I’d like to work.

The interview rolled around quite quickly, but I was prepared and ready to go. I was applying for the role of a Media Executive and I had done my homework. Bring it on! But, just before the interview started I was told that I would be getting interviewed for two different roles simultaneously. That knocked me off my stride a little.

I get into the meeting room, and then all these people just start pouring in – not one, not two, but three people are there to interview me, and then another on speakerphone, just to top it off. However, I regained my composure and got through the interviews with flying colours, so it would seem.

It turns out that the second role I was being interviewed for was that of an SEO Executive – something that I had literally no idea existed. But, that was the role I was hired for, and that’s the department I still work in today.

I’m an SEO Manager now, and part of a great team that is growing at pace, and I’m very much enjoying the whole experience. Though, I’m still waiting on that superpower that was implied during the application process…