Alpa PatelInternational Search Consultant MENA


Alpa joined HCP in 2009 and is a specialist Search Consultant within our international sector. She engages with world-class candidates that are working, or seeking work in the Middle East and Asia.  She works closely with our COO on assignments ranging from technical and administration, through to management and board level roles. Her love of learning about other cultures and providing people with opportunities in new and exciting places makes her a natural for this role. She has a background in Merchandising, giving her a strong business acumen and experience in dealing with overseas markets. She enjoys talking to and working with a variety of people, and she always surpasses expectations.

Before working at HCP, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?

I loved working at Duck and Cover because I got to do some very random things like climbing into a 40ft container to assist in offloading.

How did you first learn about HCP?

Through an application I had made to work here!

If you could pick one theme for HCP to turn into a book about the company, what would it be?

It would have to be ‘The Scientific Approach to Executive Search”

If you could switch your job with anyone else within HCP, whose job would you want? And why?

I would like to Swap with Kuldeep because she always takes the time out to speak to people and really get to the bottom of what they need and why, whether it is a client or candidate. She always exudes her willingness to help candidates whether it be helping them with their CV’s or just general advice and guidance.

What do you find the most challenging at HCP?

The biggest challenge is being patient, the international recruitment process is lengthy.

Who has been your favourite client at HCP?

All the clients have been interesting to work with, they all respect us for the work we do and how we deliver with passion and integrity.

What is your proudest moment at HCP?

I’m proud literally every day, changing the lives of candidates and the moment they say “thank you”

Tell us three things most people don’t know about you…

1. I share my birthday with Prince Charles
2. I love cooking
3. I hate sports!

Any random facts you could share with us?

The Atlas moth is the biggest moth in the world and their cocoons are used as purses in the some countries.

Are you messy or organised?

I believe I am organised.

Choose your Mr. Men/Little Miss, to describe your work personality?

Little Miss Helpful

What is the worst thing you did as a kid?

Cut my younger cousins hair! It was not a good bob cut look and all uneven! I think I was in trouble for the entire year!

Do you have an office nickname? What is it?

No, but I often get called Alpha by others.

If given a chance, who would you like to be for a day? And why?

I would like to be Walt Disney for the day because he was so creative and imaginative. I grew up watching his animated films and his creativity is still continuing 70 plus years on.

What is the last joke you recall?

Two aerials get married. The ceremony was rubbish – but the reception was brilliant.

What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

In my previous position although not weird, I found myself only having an a couple of hours’ worth of work in an 8 hour day…… trying to spread that out over 8 hours was challenging when a lot of my counterparts were based in China and that had to be dealt with first thing in the morning!

What one food do you wish had zero calories?


Would you rather be a tiny elephant or a giant hamster? And why?

I would rather be a tiny elephant because they are cute and also my favourite animal!

What is your motto or personal mantra?

Treat people how you expect to be treated and treat everyone with respect.

Which cartoon character would you most like to switch lives with?

Tweety the Bird

You’re happiest when?

I am happiest when I am spending time with my son and watching all the crazy, naughty and wonderful things he does.

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