Stowmarket resident joins job interview panel at Suffolk care home

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Tom Ryan, who lives at Hillcroft House residential home in Stowmarket, Suffolk, has been helping the manager undertake a number of job interviews, as part of the home’s recruitment programme.

Tom, who was originally from Sudbury and has lived at the home since September, asked to help the team by giving a resident’s perspective on life at the home during interviews.

Amanda Atkins, manager of Hillcroft House explained: “Tom is the life and soul of the home and we were more than happy to have him join our interview panel. It provides a great new perspective to our interviews, as he is able to questions that are important to residents, and, from a candidate point of view, they really get a feel for the home and the people who live here.

“The interviewees got the opportunity to gain a valuable insight into our home, facilities, staff and life here at Hillcroft House. It proved very successful with our candidates and it was clear that Tom really enjoyed himself too.”

As a former painter and decorator, Tom likes to keep busy and joins in all the activities at Hillcroft House, including helping the maintenance team, taking deliveries and also helping with viewings when people come to find out more about the home.

Talking about life at Hillcroft House, Tom said: “Since being here at Hillcroft House, I feel this is the start of new beginnings. There’s always something to do, my family regularly visit and I am very happy here. In the interviews, I’ve been sharing my moto which is ‘never give up and live life to the full!’ I’ve enjoyed taking part.”

Amanda adds: “Tom did such a splendid job; he was very professional and took notes. I knew exactly what he wanted to ask and say. We think he might need to become a permanent member of the recruitment and marketing team!”

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