The short answer is no and never! 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. You would be better off flipping a coin; at least you have 50% chance of getting it right.
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. The four A’s are: Continue reading “Should I ever trust my gut feeling when interviewing candidates?”
Can you remember what you were doing in July 2009 – 10 years ago? For sure, we were not yet talking about AI, IoT, SEO, Uber, Instagram, iPad and it was still very early days for Airbnb, Spotify, GPS on mobile, and even LinkedIn.
But it was in July 2009 that I created my web site and published my first ever story. Read it here. Continue reading “Top 6 articles I’ve published in 10 years of blogging”
It is becoming harder to find quality talent, which is continuing to result in a more competitive marketplace and increased salaries in many industries; particularly those with niche skill sets such as technology.
The survey aims to understand the outlook around demand and availability of executive talent, global mobility, time to recruit, remuneration and a breakdown of growth potential by sector. Continue reading “AI data on availability of executive talent, global mobility, time to recruit, and remuneration”
Boyden surveys conclude that whilst many leaders feel equipped to deal with the challenges presented by this new dawn, many are still in the dark.
Leaders know they should be doing something, but they are not always aware of what it is they should be doing. Is that you? Continue reading “Are You Still in the Dark How to Lead Your Organization in a Digital World?”
Have you ever been cheated, exploited, manipulated and jerked around by a candidate or applicant who wanted a job in your organization? You may have, but perhaps you don’t know?
I have two times – well, at least that’s those I know of. Once with a candidate I had shortlisted for my client. And once when I hired for my own team.
Read in this article how I got cheated by a conman, who I unfortunately hired before I later realized what had happened. And then there was the shortlisted candidate for my client who pretended to be the reference person for herself. You would love this – and learn. Continue reading “Recruitment fraud is a serious problem for anyone hiring staff”
You can of course ignore or hide from the obvious signs that the world out there is changing, that the staff you hire have other values than we have ever seen before. You can continue to hide your head in the sand (which we jokingly call The Ostrich Syndrome).
Let me ask you this Mr Hiring Manager: are you prepared to commit and guarantee that your company will employ a person up to his or her age of 67? Thought so! Why should this individual then commit to staying with you their whole career? Continue reading “6 reasons why you should hire job hoppers. Seriously!”
Happy New Year to all Best Practice Executive Recruitment followers and readers.
2018 was a record year for Boyden Thailand, in search assignments and income. Some believe the best ever in our history. But hey, we have been in Thailand for 35 years, that’s a lot of history and numbers to remember. Continue reading “What my friends think I do – what do you think?”
As the days go by, no one returns your calls, when no one cares to reply to your emails; once again you curse the idiot of a boss who let you go from your most recent job. The guy who told you the company could do without you. Aaarrgghhh.
As you climb the ladder in the organization, as you move up the pyramid towards the top, as you get bigger responsibilities and tougher challenges, as you also consequently enjoy a bigger pay cheque, so will the risk of being at the wrong place at the wrong time suddenly become very real. Continue reading “Sometimes we recruiters forget that looking for a job is the hardest thing”
You will be surprised when you read this. Something so simple as knowing the Thai Labour law inside out. You would expect that from HR, right?
But here’s the sad news, the unexpected truth of the matter. During the last 15 years of interviewing HR managers, I have personally experienced that 80% of the candidates could not answer three basic labour law questions correctly. Continue reading “3 things most HR Managers still don’t get”
Did you ever think to yourself… “Been in my industry what seems a life time, too many years in my current position, I’ve been there, I’ve done that?”
Or have you suddenly and unexpectedly found yourself between jobs? Perhaps fired, cut from the payroll but still a family to take care of? Or at best, you called it quits yourself?
Welcome to the Club either way. The question is, how do you avoid being a permanent member of this Club of Wannabes? When I look back at 15 years of headhunting candidates for management positions in Thailand, I have learned the following: Continue reading “Looking To Change Career? Avoid These Job Switch Killers”
Totally not true that recruitment firms work harder if competing with another recruitment company. Let me explain.
Most recruitment firms in Thailand compete on price and not on service or the quality of candidates. A “contingency” recruitment firm will only be able to invoice their client if their candidate is hired. Only then will the recruitment firm receive an income and the recruitment consultant a commission. Continue reading “Naively, hiring companies think recruiters work harder when in competition on a job search”
If you are old enough, you may recall the shampoo commercial, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.
You must have heard the saying that a first impression can make or break a business opportunity or relationship. That includes anything from meeting customers, pitching your business to new clients, to dating for a romantic partner, and of course very much to job interviewing. Continue reading “How you should dress for the job interview?”
Are you one of the many employees in Thailand who willingly accepted a non-compete clause in your employment agreement? Or perhaps you were forced to accept a non-compete as a condition for getting the new job?
In more and more countries around the world, the non-compete clause is illegal or it comes with a lot of restrictions. But unfortunately not yet in Thailand where employers can still demand that an employee cannot take work with a competitor for years. Continue reading “Do you have a non-compete clause in your employment agreement?”
You have heard me talk about this before; the appalling service level to keep applicants and candidates updated on their interview process.
I met an executive the other day who was interviewed two months ago by a hiring company. So far, he has not received a follow up call or email, no thank you for considering a job with our company, nothing to say the job has been offered to another candidate (I’m just guessing because who knows?).
“Treat others how you want to be treated.” Continue reading “Talent Acquisition – Stop damaging your company’s reputation!”
Who does not love lists and rankings;, think: Thailand’s 50 Richest List to the Best Countries for Business to the Top Weirdest Most Promising New Jobs.
Forbes ranked 250 recruitment and executive search firms in 2017, the first ever such list. Boyden was in the Top 10.
In their new ranking for 2018, yes, Boyden is still there in the Top 10. Other great firms in the Top 10 include Korn Ferry, Egon Zehnder, Heidrick & Struggles, and Spencer Stuart. Continue reading “Who are the leading executive search firms according to Forbes?”