Edward Berry, marketing director, Newby Teas, on Rory Bremner, Manfred Mann and the Chinese zodiac

What was your first job? As a waiter at Claridges Hotel. Regular customers included three Queens who often lunched together Greece, Denmark and Spain!

How do you describe your job to your mates? Marketing of an exceptional premium tea brand with more than 200 teas, infusions and herbals from around the world. Would you like to try some?

What's your best interview tip? Come prepared knowing everything that you possibly can about the company you have applied to work for.

What was your worst job interview? I have always enjoyed job interviews. The worst was the one that, regrettably, never happened. I was delighted to be invited to travel to Barbados for it, but had accepted another position.

Where do you hope to be in five years' time? My current position is relatively new. It's an industry I have already grown to love through its diversity. I would definitely remain in tea and, if all goes well, with the same company, hopefully with increasing responsibility.

If you were allowed one dream perk what would it be? A private jet.

What's your favourite movie and why? The Godfather. There's amazing cinematography, outstanding acting and wonderful music.

If you could pick a celebrity to join your staff who would it be and why? Rory Bremner: all the celebrities you could ask for in one.

What was the first music single you bought? Ha Ha Said the Clown, by Manfred Mann.

What's the weirdest thing you've eaten? I visited China on a tea-buying trip earlier this year and ate a large number of things that I simply could not identify.

What would you request as your final meal? Smoked salmon, cold fillet of beef, new potatoes, green salad, a vast cheese board and seriously good-quality dark chocolate. It would have to include some amazing wines, too.

What luxury would you have on your desert island? A piano. Like many, I started playing as a child but gave up through lack of interest. I still envy those who play well.

What animal best reflects your personality and why? I went to the Chinese zodiac for this and, as my animal is the rat, this presented plenty of characteristics that I share: wit, imagination, curiosity, energy and honesty. There were less attractive ones, but I decided to ignore these!

What is your motto in life? Consider others.