Techniques to spot talent beyond the CV

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Techniques to spot talent beyond the CV

About the speaker
  • Farid Khan
    Farid Khan
    Head of HR (People Lead) UAE at Mondelēz International
    Farid Khan, People Lead, UAE at Mondelēz International, one of the largest Snacking companies in the world, with iconic global and local brands such as Oreo, belVita and LU biscuits; Cadbury Dairy Milk, Milka and Toblerone chocolate; Sour Patch Kids candy and Trident gum. Farid has 19+ years of diverse international HR experience, predominantly within the Talent Acquisition space; both in-house and within executive search firms. Having lived and worked in Canada, Qatar, and UAE in complex global matrix organizations, he has gained a wealth expertise and success in building commercially viable talent strategies, including: Expertise in supporting commercial success through development of business aligned strategies Effective and inclusive leadership utilizing strategic talent insights Implementing targeted and impactful Employer Branding strategies Championing Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) Farid has recently moved into a People Lead UAE role; where he has ownership of the People agenda, which includes areas such as performance management, succession planning, org design, employee engagement, DE&I, to name a few. Prior to that he led a regional team leading the Talent Acquisition agenda for MENAP. Prior to that, Farid spent a few years with Qatar Airways in Doha, where his team played a critical role to ensure Hamad International Airport (HIA) was appropriately staffed when it first opened its doors; providing all passengers a 5 Star experience. Farid, a father of two, is an active musician, and will soon be seen playing small venues across Dubai

Key takeaways

Discovering the personality of a candidate is largely impossible through a CV, so use the interview as a place to dive into that and particular areas of interest.

Great candidates are not one-size-fits-all. Each company and role will have certain competencies that they are looking for.

Transparency from both sides is vital to get the strongest answers out of an interviewee, and can be fostered by creating a safe space from the start.