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Meet Ashley Hart: The Fast Interview

Ashley Hart, Lead Recruiter at Fast

Ashley Hart

Role: Lead Recruiter

Team: Talent Acquisition

Why did you join Fast?

It's very hard to explain. It was a gut feeling. Smart people, fabulous product, and just a great opportunity for growth and to build something.

What were you doing before?

I was at Facebook. Previous to that, I was at E & J Gallo Winery. And then prior to that, I cut my teeth in the recruitment agency world, both on the executive search side, direct hire, and contract staffing.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a kid?

I grew up in Connecticut. What was I like as a kid? Pretty much like what you see right now. I was always the kid that was in trouble in class for being like, “Can I ask you a question?” “Can I ask a question?” Insanely curious, extroverted, and I loved to talk, and I think made for a pretty good career in recruitment.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?

When I left my job in advertising, I actually went to culinary school because I was convinced that journalism wasn't going to be hard enough. “Oh, let me please go be a chef, because that seems like a good path for money and great hours.” So I cooked in some kitchens in New York and I ended up starting a business. I saw a hole in the market in the Tri-State Area for contract chefs. Chefs that'll come in for dinner parties or weekly meal service. So I created a recruitment agency called Book-a-Cook. And I did that for almost four years.

What’s your productivity hack?

I am a list person. I have this electronic notepad. I take notes, and then it actually emails them. I make a list every morning. Before I do anything, I make a list of what I have to do. And then I usually make a list before I go to bed at night, as well.

When did someone’s kindness toward you make a big difference in your life?

I have twins. They're 5 years old. When they were babies – I will never forget this – I think it was the first time I was taking them out by myself. I was at a Whole Foods. I got halfway through Whole Foods, and they were screaming. I was so nervous. This very nice woman came up, and she said, “Let me help you,” and she grabbed my son out of his car seat and she walked through the store with me holding him so I could get the couple of things I needed. And I held my daughter. It was like such a minor moment. She'll probably never remember it, but it was the nicest thing.

Who's your celebrity doppelgänger?

I get Chelsea Clinton all the time.

Living or dead, who would you like to interview and why?

I would like to interview Stevie Nicks. I'm a huge music fan, and I really love Fleetwood Mac.

What's your top travel destination?

Nepal. I want to do a yoga sort of spiritual retreat in Nepal.

Where do you see yourself in a year from now?

At Fast, just hiring the best people ever. Personally, I have a hard time thinking that far in advance. The universe is going to let it unfold the way it should. I live day to day, taking it as it comes and trying not to project too many expectations. I'm lucky I have great kids, a good husband, and a nice family.