Article by Rupert Sellers
I am delighted to announce two new appointments to the Compact Interview team.
Our video interviewing system is now helping HR teams in many different industry sectors to streamline their recruitment for a faster and more effective process. With increasing demand, not only in the UK, but also in the Middle East and Asia Pacific, it’s perfect timing to bring on board two very well respected and professional sales directors, Janette MacKay and Malene Bertelsen – and I’m fortunate to have known them both for many years.
Janette MacKay (pictured left) will work closely with me to pick up the growing demand in the UK and Middle East, and Malene Bertelsen (pictured right) will oversee our developments in Asia Pacific, including Australia and New Zealand.
Janette spent 16 years with Initial City Link, one of the UK’s most successful parcel delivery services. As Sales Director, she was responsible for leading both the New Sales and Business Development teams generating turnover in excess of £50 million each year. Janette’s team was the most successful within the Initial City Link Network and constantly exceeded ever-growing sales targets. A multi-tasking guru, Janette was given the added responsibility of managing their Customer Service and IT teams. Married with two young children, Janette is passionate about international travel and exploring new cultures – there can’t be many countries in the world she hasn’t yet visited!
Here’s Janette’s take on joining us: “I’m very excited to be part of the team at Compact Interview. Employers have been crying out for better recruitment solutions for years. Video interviewing makes so much sense and this screening tool breathes fresh air into the hiring process. It would certainly have made my life so much easier if this was available when I was recruiting in previous roles”.
Malene has spent most of her career handling Sales for the luxury hospitality sector. She worked at London’s Dorchester Hotel in the early 90’s and I later hired her as my Director of Sales for the brand new Metropolitan on Park Lane. Malene then ran her own successful hotel sales & marketing consultancy before relocating to Perth, Australia in 2008 to be with her partner (now husband!). Malene is very well travelled and in her Regional Sales Director position for Design Hotels she has worked closely with her colleagues and clients in Asia. Her location in Perth makes an ideal base from which to develop business with clients in Australia and across the Asia Pacific region.
Here’s Malene’s take on joining us: “I love the Compact Interview concept and I’m very excited to be part of something new. I think this is a natural progression considering how video is used now including skype calls and similar. I am sure this online screening tool will be very useful for employers in Australia, given the vast distances between cities. So much time and money can be saved with pre-recorded video interviews before taking final steps to meet candidates in person.”
As for Asia, Compact Interview is already working with companies in Singapore and Malaysia and we currently have strong leads in Hong Kong and Thailand. This recently published survey which polled 578 Asia-Pacific based companies found that ‘over a third of countries in the Asia-Pacific area are moving to streamline their HR departments…Technology is seen as the main driver of the cost-cutting and HR efficiency measures’.
Welcome aboard Janette and Malene!