A view from the top: HR DataHub

Find out what impresses Executive Chairman Ian Dyke during interviews

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We had a chat with Ian Dyke, Executive Chairman at HR DataHub, to see why he wants young people to join his team.

What was it like finding your first job?‍

Utterly daunting. I came from a very modest background, but decided that I wanted to work in “The City”, if only because it might offer a good pathway toward my own economic independence. I had no clue about the roles that might be available, or how to get them. I also had no network, no personal connections, and no prior experience whatsoever. I did have good academic qualifications, and, most importantly, a dogged persistence not to take no for an answer. 

I used to physically cut out and keep job adverts from newspapers by sticking them in a scrap book (which I still have) and wrote 100's of terrifically naive application letters to faceless HR departments. I knew no better, but I also knew that my energy and determination were far stronger than any barriers that I might encounter on the way. 

Through sheer persistence and a healthy dollop of good fortune, an organisation that I had never heard of finally invited me for an initial interview. Following which, I was subjected to a barrage of tests and met a further 13 (!!) people in various follow-on interviews. 

Eventually, to my complete surprise and utter relief, I was offered a job, on a short-term, week-to-week contract, which was when the hard work really started.

 

How would you simply explain HR DataHub to someone in one sentence?

The future of HR management - we empower businesses to turn their information into intelligence in order to make faster, smarter, people decisions.

 

Why is it important for you to hire young people into the business?

To act as an inspiration to everybody within the company to be utterly fearless; to ask questions; to challenge; to look at life (and business) through a different and unique lens. 

The culture of society is shaped by the people within the society and business needs to react to, and embrace, the cultural revolution that we are in the midst of today. Uniformity and convention are the past. Dynamism and radical thinking are the future.

 

How can someone impress you in a job interview, and does it matter if they don't have a university degree?

Genuine determination, passion, enthusiasm and a desire to go that extra yard are head and shoulders more important than an academic qualification that might, or might not, indicate a proficiency at taking tests. 

For this role (junior roles), we are more interested in someone with good judgement (when to trust themselves, and when to shout for help), an open mind and a brave heart.

I am sure that anyone who comes into the business will have an awareness, and personal perspective, on the matters that we are seeking to help businesses address - namely creating diverse and inclusive environments, and judging on merit rather than outdated attitudes.