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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask the Boss

Q: What's the best way to find a new employee?

Peter Necarsulmer, chairman, PBN:

First and foremost, recommendations and referrals from trusted clients, colleagues, competitors. Secondly, obviously, interviews. Never hire on the basis of one interview -- a minimum of three. Look at past work products, give a writing test, and do background checks.

"We place ads for certain categories of employees -- we often do that for editors, translators, support staff and more junior to mid-level account management. Everything else is through referrals and headhunters. People that meet our quality requirements don't work through ads or the classified section. Typically we're going after people that are currently employed elsewhere."

Aaron Block, head of office agency department, Cushman & Wakefield Stiles & Riabokobylko:

We've found that the most successful way is to build our people from the ground up. We hire them as interns and put them through our training program. It's very difficult to find good talent on the Russian market -- people have a lot of brains but not a lot of work experience.

"If we need to hire someone for a prominent position, usually it's someone we know already, with whom we have a pre-existing relationship. We do a lot of intra-European and international recruiting from within the company."

Marcello Prospato, director, Red Spot:

I'm lucky in that I meet people every day, and I keep in mind the very interesting people. I can remember the interesting people I met six months or a year ago. And then I go with an offer, and we fix an interview.

"Personally, I don't like to place ads, because [hiring] is very personal. But I know it's the normal procedure.

"For me, it's really important to know what people really want for themselves. What they want to do, what targets they want to achieve, their vision of life. I think experience will come later. What's important is the way they behave in front of me, how they carry themselves."