Interviewer: I'm Neil Bradman, I'm for the Business and Management Collection.
I'm in London today and I'm speaking to Tony Vardy about "The Art of the Interview".
Tony, first of all,
thank you for sharing your knowledge on this subject.
Let me ask you the perennial question,
the start of all discussions,
interviews, how should I refer to you?
Shall I call you Tony,
Mr. Vardy, what would you prefer?
Tony Vardy: Tony will be absolutely fine.
Interviewer: Good. Thank you. Now, Tony,
to provide some context here,
can you take me through your career,
the positions you've had,
the role that you played.
We're going to be talking about the art of the interview
from the standpoint of the interviewer.
Tell me how you get to a position where you know what happens.
Tony Vardy: Neil, thank you very much.
Well, my background is that I had a first half of my career in corporate roles,
primarily in the telecoms and media world including I had 10 years at British Telecom,
I was a director of British Telecom for several of
those years based both in the UK and the US,
and then I moved from that into the executive recruitment world for the second half of
my career and spent virtually all of that time in two of the major global firms.
There are five global executive search and recruitment firms,
and I had leadership roles of various sorts in
two of those over that period of my career.
And nowadays, I'm an advisor both to recruitment companies,
but also to corporate entities and professional service firms on their own recruitment.