Ben Alcock

Recruitment is a bit of a joust, with both parties assessing the qualities of the other. So, what questions should you really ask when hiring?

Hiring is a tricky business.

Tricky on both sides of the table as each party ponders how the outcome might affect their futures, right?

It can get really complicated. Depending on the process particulars, applicants might go through multiple interviews (three, four, five…even one with the CEO), or be subjected to tedious psychometric testing.

And then there are the left-field creative questions like:

  • If you were a box of cereal, which would you be and why?
  • How many golf balls does it take to fill a 747?
  • If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?

Penny Spencer (right) at a TIME graduation event in Sydney earlier this year.

Frankly, we think there’s just one question that travel, tourism and hospitality employers should be asking their prospective hires:

‘Have you been through the TIME program?’

TIME supports talented future leaders by helping them realise their potential and accelerate their careers through mentoring. The program operates within a structured framework to deliver agreed outcomes for each participant, and typically runs for six months.

TIME gatherings are great industry networking and social events.

TIME is a not-for-profit enterprise established in 2009 to offer business skills training, development guidance and support sessions to ambitious travel and tourism industry professionals within a mentoring and peer collaboration environment.

The TIME program is focused on Mentor-Mentee relationships that are mentee-driven. Mentors are drawn from the senior ranks of the industry and generously volunteer their time and energy to the process.

Friendly faces of TIME’s Sydney network.

There are hundreds of TIME program graduates making waves in their respective industries now. They carry with them unique skill-sets and expertise acquired through their mentoring experience and applied in real life professional situations.

So, next time you’re interviewing prospective employees, ask them if they’ve been through TIME.

If they answer in the negative, the appropriate follow-up might actually be:

‘If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?’

And we all know the answer to that, right?

For more information or to register your interest in TIME’s mentoring program, visit the TIME website or contact Marie Allom at [email protected]


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