What’s your New Year career resolution?

  • Post published:11/01/2018
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Being in Asia, there is little in the weather which tells you that we are once again in the month of January. The festive holiday season is now just behind us and you may have thought of your own personal New Year’s resolutions. It’s the time for reflecting on the changes we all want in the coming year.

Have you made yours yet? What about one of these resolutions: (more…)

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Headhunter Horror Stories

  • Post published:04/01/2018
  • Reading time:2 mins read

Seeming disinterested, arrogantly smiling and over- or under dressing for an interview – these mistakes can happen to anyone. But the almost unbelievable behavior of some candidates can leave a deep impression on the psyche of any  hiring manager. (more…)

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The dreaded candidate black hole

  • Post published:08/11/2017
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It’s really hard to believe that many hiring managers and recruiters still don’t get it. That it’s a courtesy to inform applicants and candidates, who have been interviewed, that unfortunately another candidate was chosen for the job.

I love this line in the story that I quote below, that only one person can land a specific job, but everybody can have a good experience for the duration of the recruitment journey, even if they’re not ultimately the chosen candidate.

Here’s what you say on the phone or you write in the email: (more…)

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40% of executive searches fail; clients to blame for most of them

  • Post published:27/10/2017
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Are you surprised? The research from ESIX says that 40% of executive searches fail and that the clients are to blame for 70% of these failures. What is your own experience with contingent recruiters and executive search consulting firms?

I have helped organisations to fill managerial and top executive positions in Thailand for the past 14 years. I see a clear pattern when clients are successful in their hiring, and likewise I notice when companies struggle to recruit. Some examples of what works for the successful client companies: (more…)

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Should I trust my gut feeling when interviewing people?

  • Post published:20/09/2017
  • Reading time:7 mins read

The short answer is no and never! If you want to know why, please keep reading. Using your gut is similar to scratching the surface of something; to examine and discover only the superficial aspects of something or in this case a candidate. We call it the Four A Syndrome, because when you trust your gut, you are assessing a candidate’s presentation skills over business performance and substance. (more…)

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Five reasons why slow hiring process kills all deals

  • Post published:22/08/2017
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Last week I got a message from a senior executive candidate, who is in the running of becoming the new Managing Director for a multi-national company. He said he was pulling out of the hiring process. He and other top candidates met the client five weeks ago and to date no decision or update have been forthcoming.

There is no way you will impress senior executives with a slow recruitment process. Period. (more…)

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Forbes ranks Boyden in Top Ten in executive search

  • Post published:11/05/2017
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Forbes recently launched their first ever ranking of executive recruiting firms. Boyden has ranked #8 out of the 250 firms included in the set.

To assign rankings, Forbes gathered 20,000 responses from executives and HR managers. Forbes asked them to name the top firms with which they had experience. The companies with the most recommendations are ranked highest. (more…)

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