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IQ PARTNERS would like you to get to know some of our recruiters. Each month we ask one of them the same 10 questions about their lives, the headhunting business, and what you should know as a talent seeker or candidate in the current job market. This month, meet Toronto IT Recruiter Gary Hinde.
I’ve had a lot of odd jobs, but the one that’s always been a fallback for me is teaching guitar; I started in high school and will still teach a lesson here or there. It’s taught me that everybody learns a little bit differently, that what works for one person doesn’t necessarily work for another, and everyone has different motivations – all lessons that have helped me in the management of a team.
I’d actually like to cite a company here rather than a person, and that’s Yamaha. They’ve created some of the best motor vehicles out there, the most widely acclaimed concert pianos are Yamahas… excellent guitar and musical equipment, excellent audio equipment. It’s a company that’s all about excellence and I’ve always admired them immensely.
Currently there are no barriers to entry whatsoever in the recruitment industry, so while I don’t want to add a layer of complexity, I think there certain criteria (mostly around business ethics) that should be built in, that just aren’t there right now. There are exceptional companies, like IQ PARTNERS, and then there are others where quite frankly the feedback in the market is not very good at all… and there are currently no checks and balances to differentiate the two.
Communication, preferably face-to-face communication, on both the candidate and client-side… and just being really passionate about recruitment.
What are the top three must-have skills?
I don’t mean this in a “3 more wishes” way, but I use this question quite often because it really does cause the client to simplify and distill down the core of what they are looking for in a candidate.
When are you available to meet face-to-face to talk about this?
It will help the candidate gauge how real the opportunity is and how engaged the headhunter is in the process. If the headhunter says “no, just send me your resume” or something to that effect, they are probably not someone you want to be working with.
Just being honest about how interested they are, what other opportunities they have on the go, and so on. I’m going to be a whole lot more effective on their behalf if I have all the information. I can’t guarantee success, but certainly if they’re upfront and honest I’ll do everything I can to make it a success.
When was first starting out, I had a candidate that passed gas loudly in my office, not once but twice. There was a leg lift involved. It was my first lesson in professionalism… I just pretended it didn’t happen and kept talking.
Conviction… it’s having somebody say to your face “I can fill this job for you and this is how I’m going to do it.”
Spending lots of time with my family and having multiple fine guitars lying around. Singing songs around a campfire. Throw in attending a MLB baseball game every once in a while, and I cannot imagine anything better.
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IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm in Toronto. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Financial Services & Insurance, Marketing Communications & Media, Emerging Tech & Telecom, Consumer Goods & Retail, B2B & Industrial, Technology, Accounting & Finance, HR & Operations and Mining & Engineering. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.
Gary is a Partner and Practice Lead of one of Toronto's most respected team of IT recruiters. He has a strong background in building and managing teams, and specializes in contract and permanent placements within the IT space. With over 15 years of IT Sales and Recruitment experience, Gary is committed to customer service and has a genuine love for working with people and solving business problems.