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I came into Recruitment by “Mistake” but Started Thriving

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

From 2012 to 2015 I have been conducting workshops and seminars about life calling.

Since then, I've been falling in love with many profiling methods: Socionics, MBTI, Big Five, Matrix of 22 Archetypes, SDS-5, Gallup StrengthsFinder, etc.

Then I was intrigued by the idea of employing my passion in recruitment.

I was thinking that knowing candidates' personality types will be extremely valuable to making the right choice for an employing company.

How little did I know…

During those times companies predominantly paid more attention to candidates' hard skills. And to be honest, not too much has changed until now.

I can count on one hand the number of clients who have asked me to pay attention to the personality type of candidate:

  • The first client was looking for a Security Director: ESTJ or ESTP

  • The second is for an Personal Assistant for VIP: ISFP-A or ISFJ

  • The third one was seeking a Chief Marketing Officer: ENFJ

  • The fourth for Head of Sales: ENTJ, ESFJ, or ENFJ

  • The fifth needed Head of Development: ENTJ

What was I doing with low request?

As an MBTI enthusiast, I still building my “Gallery of Images”. When I see candidates who are interested in finding out more about themselves – I propose to make a personality type assessment. It is a win-win situation – because, candidates get insights about their strengths, blind-spots and occupation preferences, and I enlarge my perception about a variety of personality types in real life, and what makes them tick at work.

Don't follow money, follow your bliss

Of course, the majority of people prefer to get more material rewards, and that is okay. But money and recognition will come as a side effect when you follow your bliss. Bliss is when you do what you are, do what you love, and do what you are good at. Sooner or later, you will get into the Top 10% of best specialists in your niche.

Is it more pleasurable to grow in what you love, or keep on track according to rapidly changing trends and technologies if you are not passionate about them?

I have a friend who followed the trend, took courses, and became a QA Engineer.

Yes-yes, six years ago, he “Went to IT with a minimum threshold”. And six years later he got a burnout.


In my humble opinion, Quality Assurance is a good match for ISTJ (Introverted, Sensing, Thinking, Judging/Rational). My friend's type is ENFP (Extraverted, Intuitive, Feeling, Perceiving/Irrational). So, he has chosen the worst possible IT role for his personality type. He has had amazing English C1 and prior experience in sales – which is in high demand and well-paid nowadays. Guess, what he would achieve if he at least continued his career in IT sales…

What I love about recruitment

First of all, it is an endless journey of self-discovery and making new connections. For the last seven years in this field, I conducted thousands of interviews, and made hundreds of placements. I’ve met a lot of interesting people from different culture, background and countries. Good headhunters do not just find candidates – they build relationships. So, do I – I’ve met new friends, and we help and support each other.

I’ve cooperated with more than 50 Companies – so, I’ve got more information and insights in a shorter period than I learned in all of my 3 Universities (but in this case, I was paid, not paying))

My personal discovery

Luckily, my realization has happened through adapting my passion for understanding people's unique personalities and the value it can bring to potential candidate and hiring company. I steel captured by the idea of incorporating personality assessments into talent acquisition. And now I know firmly that it could revolutionize matching candidates with employers. Conscious hiring is about creating a win-win situation for both the company and the candidate

Once, my teacher said, “Igor your dominant function is iNtuition of Possibilities, you can spot an opportunity from the first glance”. Maybe she was right because my clients often say that somehow, they got the right talents )

Do you agree that the first step to success is acquiring the right people because the right hire can change the course of your company?

🎯We would appreciate it if you would share which personality types are especially 🦸🏻‍♀️successful🦸🏻‍♂️ in particular roles in marketing, sales, software development, etc.🙏

Written by Ihor Reznik 4/09/2023

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