Finding the best people

REFILWE Selekisho is a researcher at Landelahni Recruitment Group and has this to say about what her job entails. WHAT is a day in the life of a researcher like?

REFILWE Selekisho is a researcher at Landelahni Recruitment Group and has this to say about what her job entails. WHAT is a day in the life of a researcher like?

My responsibilities are primarily to be the first contact to potential candidates for a given assignment. This involves profiling the marketplace in terms of the candidate base and determining their suitability.

Thereafter I would make the initial call to the prospective candidate. Having engaged with the prospect and hopefully successfully sold the opportunity, I would engage with them briefly to gain a better understanding of their career, including their current role.

Thereafter, if I feel that the individual meets the basic requirements of the role, I would arrange a meeting between them and the consultant.

I also assist throughout the remainder of the process in managing candidates and arrangements for meetings, assessments etc.

Why did you decide on this career?

My sister-in-law has been involved in executive search for about 15 years and she was the one who got me interested in the industry. I was also just at the end of my internship at the DBSA (Development Bank of South Africa) so I was ready to explore different career options and this just seemed like something I would enjoy.

What's most challenging about the job?

Really understanding the role you are pitching and finding the elements in it that are likely to appeal to an individual who is probably comfortable in their job and who is also likely to be highly accomplished. Of course, there are the gatekeepers to contend with as well.

What is the most interesting part of your job?

The great opportunity to learn about different industries and also to learn about successful people in those industries.

It's a really wonderful way to learn about business and what it really takes for one to become a leader in whatever profession they are in.

What type of person will make it in this industry?

I think this industry requires a lot of commitment and tenacity (it can be difficult getting past PAs). But I think more than that, it requires someone who can see the potential in an individual and how that person could add value to an organisation.

Often you have to go on more than just qualifications and experience to determine if someone is the right fit for a role and the company. So you have to really understand people and what they are all about.

What subjects do you need to pass in high school to be able to study towards this career?

None in particular, but I think subjects that train you to gather information and then apply that information would be useful.

What does one study at tertiary level to be able to get into this career?

A human resources qualification is useful, but any degree or qualification that exposes you to a variety of subjects is great practice.

What growth prospects are there for this career?

The growth path is fairly flexible depending on how far one wants to go.

You can remain in recruitment and get to a consultant level or maybe you can choose to join a corporate and there you would have the opportunity to grow within HR to senior, even executive, levels. - Staff Reporter