to meet you, Mr. Kim, we thank you for your interview.|
Nice to meet you, too. I thank you for offering me this opportunity. I'll
do my best to answer to your questions.
Could you briefly make an introduction about your company?
Next Selection Co. is a total Executive Search Consulting Firm specializing
to assist 100% Foreign Owned Subsidiary Multinational Company and individuals
from manager to CEO at the stage of searching activities and human resource
development. As we regard Human Relationship based on Humanism as the most valuable
asset, we've dedicated ourselves to fulfill our company's goal to upgrade our
candidate's career with the best circumstances and conditions while successfully
contributing to all of our clients.
We are specializing in the fields of Semiconductor Equipment and Tester (Memory,
Digital, Linear), TFT LCD (Array, Module, Cell), Information Communication (Software,
Transmission Equipment, Cable & Wireless), Consumer Products, Industrial
Manufacturing, Luxury Brand, Cosmetics, IT, Chemical, Agro Chemical, Petrochemical,
Visual MD in Retail Sales, Boutique, MD, Brand management, Product management,
Finance & Accounting, Key Accounts management, Sales & Marketing, PR,
Is there any reason for starting a business in Human Resource Industry?
First of all, I really like to meet people. Especially, finding these people
the most appropriate job makes me aware of the value of my work. I often seriously
ask my candidates whether they've selected the most suitable job for themselves
during the interview. Choosing an inappropriate position can maybe support your
economical satisfaction, however it costs you another occasion to satisfy yourself.
However a person's life can change if an appropriate job is provided. This is
why I've decided to work in the Human Resource Industry.
Your way of placing candidates seems to be very unique.
Yes, Next Selection Co. first assesses whether the job concept and activity
of our client match with our candidates. We seriously communicate with each
other for several times about their quality and aptitude. This is one reason
why our interviews need longer time. When the interview result indicates an
exact match for the job duties, we revaluate our candidate's personal character
and team work. After evaluating candidate's response and understanding his background,
we finally enhance our reliability towards him and feel confidence about him.
Our candidates start to rely on consultant as well and feel assured about the
processing project. We train them what must, could and should be done while
asking questions and providing with systematic interview method. It's sort of
an interview tip. Our candidates, therefore, often seem to show stronger willingness
than other candidates.
We usually recommend 1 to 2 candidates and produce less personal records. However,
it is sufficient to satisfy for the Job Requirement. Our average success ratio
is mostly high because we choose the right person ready for the position. If
the client rejects our candidate's record, we request for a second interview,
in case we are fully confident about our candidate. I consider this to be a
true Executive Search Consultant.
Can you tell us about one of your memorable projects you've done?
There was a candidate who once came to my office with clothes fully soaked because
of heavy rain. He was very depressed about the fact that he received no calls
back even though he applied for twenty different companies. His English skill
was excellent. We found a position as a purchasing manager in a consumption
product company after an English interview was done. Three years later, he requested
for another transfer as a manager. He is now recognized for his ability to manage
There seemed to be less effort to officially inform others about yourself.
A true Executive Search Consultant never likes to show up on stage. An Executive
Search Consultant must be responsible for confidentially maintaining business
tasks and retain good relationship with other people. In our case, we ask our
client not to reveal our presence to other even though they've been successfully
transferred. We don't want this to be known to others at least for a year. This
is a basic quality of a professional Executive Search Consultant.
What is your usual thought about Korean search industry?
A lot of search firms are recently being formed. Some people might regard this
to be too much. However, I think that candidates with better capacities and
qualities will have more changes to be picked up if there're more executive
search firms in existence. Besides, fair competitions between firms will generate
more opportunities. A qualified Consultant will survive but the rest will be
removed from the market.
With more professional Search Consultants, our society has more chances to
improve in the future. I believe that this will also contribute to the development
of our country and also no more employment fraud. (Since the candidate is not
asked for any cost...)
I personally don't like the word "Head Hunter". It sounds like a very bad and
immoral human being because of the word "Hunter". I strongly recommend using
the word "Job Search Consultant" to improve the image of search firms. Because
of the confidential properties of the Executive Search Business, it is difficult
to operate a large scale of Search Firms. However, I do not understand why this
type of Search Firms is formed nowadays. Once the open position is occupied,
it takes two to three years or even more to have that position open. That means
more competition between Search Firms. At least three to four Search Firms will
have to face each other to compete. This is not an easy business. If it gets
serious, four to five firms will have to compete for a position. The search
firms will have no choice but to negotiate with the client firm about the fee.
The fact that Search Business is a high profitable job is not true. Please refer
to this fact. There are always positive and negative sides. I hope Executive
Search Consultants consider this before making any decision. Those successful
Executive Search Consultants shown in the front page are no more than two to
tree percentage. It is not an easy task.
Is there any special reason for not taking resume not written in English?
No special reason actually. But because we only search for 100% Foreign Owned
Company, we don't feel the need for taking resumes not written in English. One
reason for accepting English written resume only might be that Korean written
resume is usually written in terms of job title to better understand one's duty.
It takes a lot of skills to write an English resume. Therefore, we can presume
a person's personality, English skill and even Computer skill through an English
resume. The resume represents the person and at the same time becomes a standard
to estimate their abilities.
You have a reputation for maintaining a good long relation with your
candidates. Do you have any special policy for that?
We honestly try to get acquainted with our candidate. We operate a Channel Networking.
If there's a demand from our client for a position, I proceed with one candidate
whom I regard as the most suitable candidate for the requirement. At last, the
candidates feel grateful for believing him. This is a result based on reliance.
If the person in charge of personnel department changes, we can renegotiate
with this person. However, a candidate never returns if gone with no satisfaction.
Therefore, I regard relationship with our candidate as the most important thing.
While I search for a position, some candidates help me with the interview and
reference request. They even demand for new candidates. This truly is my biggest
wealth I possess. We share big hearts with great tolerance as all of my candidates
have gone through difficult times just to get accepted with one page resume.
This helps me to continue a long-term relationship with them. Can you believe
that this is another reason for why most of my candidates quit the company within
You seemed to have a lot of connection in the Searching Industry.
I have some connections, but I do not want to show it off. I get no benefit
from revealing the process. It could be possible that one consultant I know
becomes the party that replaces candidates to other firms and looks for vacant
positions. That's why I am being very careful. It's a natural habit to keep
confidentiality in this field. I hope you understand me.
Is there any thing you would like to say to candidates or personnel
The personnel managers represent the company and influence the company's image
an as well as reveal the corporate culture of the company. I can certainly tell
whether the organization is well managed once I get in touch with the personnel
manager. The Executive Search Firm and the client are interdependent. However,
there are some firms who try to keep a dependent relationship. There are even
some firms who give us an impression of calling an important government organization
while contacting with the personnel department. It is very surprising to know
that some foreign company's personnel managers have this kind of 19th century
point of view inappropriate for a rational personnel manager. The foreign company
does not welcome a commander style, too. You could become one of our candidates
I want the personnel managers to give a fast feedback to our candidate after
the interview is finished. A search service is a very difficult task to perform.
There's no stable order for this kind of job. We face too much of unexpected
situations before the fee is received in our bank account. I'm sure that other
Search Firms do agree with this point.
The candidate should approach the salary negotiation with honest and substantial
attitude. I've seen many candidates asking for unrealistic payment. The candidates
should deal this negotiation rationally and according to the evaluation standard.
Please try to listen to a professional.
Some candidates have difficulties to do an English interview. They should prepare
more and improve their English skill.
I thank you for this interview once again.
I thank you too. Next Selection always feels responsible to search for efficient
candidates for the right position. Thank you.