Our ‘Meet people2people Series’ introduces our readers to the vibrant team which makes up people2people. Today’s interview is with David Mclaren, a consultant with our Senior Finance Recruitment team in Brisbane. Born and bred in the UK, with multi-cultural parentage including an English mother, Irish father, Scottish wife and now so called Aussie daughters, I have worked in recruitment for over 20 years. I have specialised during this time in the qualified accounting and finance market, my wife being a qualified Accountant. This is now my 6th year in Brisbane and I can safely say we have acclimatised to the Aussie culture, as well as weather.
What’s the most challenging part of your job? Finding that right candidate for the job – not just skills, but personality and fit are equally if not more important. You can learn a skill, you can’t change your personality.
What are the main qualities you look for in a resume? On top of the usual spelling and grammar and detailed information, I also look at hobbies and interests, which can often make someone stand you out from the crowd, as well as the most recent duties and responsibilities.
What’s your most valuable interview tip? Check out your interviewer, understand the company’s product or service offering, research their competitors and see what the market is saying about them. Then make sure you can relate your skill set specifically to the job for which you are applying and highlight the relevant achievements suitable to the role.
Rugby league or rugby union? With my English hat on – Union, but I have enjoyed being educated in how good league is since being over here in Australia
What’s your favourite spot in Brisbane / Queensland? There are so many places we’ve been to and many different experiences we’ve enjoyed as a family. To see the turtles hatching at Mons Repos and the excitement of my two daughters, would be hard to beat though. If you are looking for work or would like to hire staff, get in touch with me by calling 07 3118 0125, emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or connecting with me on Twitter@p2pDavid. I look forward to hearing from you.