Pragnesh Karunakaran of Red Recruitment asks Garcia Newell, regional business development director – fairs and events Europe at Agility, about his recruitment processes.
What characteristics do you look for when looking for candidates?
I look for humble, customer-friendly, team players, which are all essential in our business.
How did you progress to your position?
I progressed to my position by trying to do the best I can in all the roles I have done. I keep myself well-trained in all aspects of the job, and never make money be a motivator.
How much importance do you place on CVs?
CVs are important as they provide background information pertaining to the candidate. If the CV is prepared well then it shouldn’t take too long to look at. Key areas I look for is the length of time they’ve spent in each position, their hobbies etc.
What is the most challenging aspect of your role?
The most challenging aspect of my role is finding new, enthusiastic talent. I’m very much into training young people.
What are the key attributes you look for in candidates and has this changed over the years?
I look for candidates who are team-orientated, open-minded to various cultures, and optimistic, and their appearance.
What could the industry do to attract more talent?
The industry could attend more job fairs, universities etc. We have such a great industry, but we don’t promote it very well to potential candidates.
What’s the average length of service that employers should expect nowadays?
I see a trend of three years…. which I find most disturbing.
Which industries should we target for talent?
For me it’s about the graduates as opposed to industries.