Candidate Interview Series

Candidate Interview with Bob Bowe: Finding the Right Recruitment Agency

In this interview, we talked with past GTS candidate Bob Bowe to get some insight for other candidates.

  1. Tell us about your most recent job change. When did you know it was time to move on and how did you go about searching for the next position?

Since 2004 I’ve been engaged with companies needing interim or part time CFO consulting. So, for the most part I have a pretty good idea when the engagement ends.

  1. When and how did you first engage with a recruitment agency?

My first experience with a recruiter was while I was working for Arthur Young (1976 – 1979) in San Jose – now Ernst & Young. This was my first job after getting an MBA at Santa Clara. Back then, like now, there was heavy recruiting of staff at large public accounting firms.

  1. What factors have you found are important for choosing the right recruitment agency?

Easy question! It’s best when you have had a personal and/or business relationship with the recruiter. Agencies are important, but the recruiter is critical. Choosing the recruiter who knows you and your job experiences, guarantees your best chance of success. That is, the right position in the right company will most likely happen when you have a previous relationship with the recruiter. You want the recruiter to be placing a friend not a carbon resource!

  1. What are some frustrations working with a recruitment agency?

Most recruitment agencies – not Gava Talent Solutions, seem to “ghost” unsuccessful candidates. By that I mean, when the job goes to another candidate, the agency rarely contacts you about not being selected. Not sure why, as this is most unprofessional. How difficult is an email announcing the decision or givining an update on the search status? No need to communicate the why, just the what. We all realize how often things change in companies, but simple and timely communication should be the standard not the exception.

  1. If you could go back in time to give yourself advice as a candidate, what would it be?

Never stop learning or networking. Rejections may seem personal but mostly they are due to circumstances out of your control. Take your best shot as a candidate by being prepared and staying positive. When your best shot is not successful, take heart that it was not the best position/company for you and stay enthusiastic for the next one.

  1. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Rick Giorgetti first placed me in my first Corporate Controller job in 1988 at Mountain View-based company Software Publishing. To this day, I think this was my best job. Since that time, we have become even greater friends. I would strongly suggest candidates try to find their “Rick” early in their career.

Connect with Bob Bowe on LinkedIn or learn how Gava Talent Solutions could help you find your next opportunity.