Meet Mark Howard

 Mark Howard, Director

Mark Howard, Director

Where are you from and how did you end up in Melbourne?  

I'm originally from Dublin, Ireland. My journey to Melbourne was facilitated through my recruitment career. At that point my girlfriend (now wife) and I both worked for a reputable specialist firm in Sydney. We both managed to acquire opportunities within the business that brought us to Melbourne. That was 6 years ago and the rest is history.


What is something you’ve done that you really loved or that you are really proud of?

I'm incredibly proud of my family. My son just turned 1 year old and brings a whole new meaning and purpose to my life.

What are your top three hobbies/interests outside of work?

In no particular order:

  1. Adventure Sports - trail running, climbing, mountaineering, cycling, Kettle Bells!
  2. Music - all of it! I simply don't have enough time on this earth to get through it all
  3. Travel - I love to explore new places, mostly remote Alpine settings. I do love cities but I'm more drawn to nature and emerging myself in it as much as possible.


Flat white, cappuccino, or long black? (or other)

This is a really difficult question to answer! My regular order is a strong latte and I sometimes go with a long macchiato. The reality is I'm a complete addict and I'm proud of that.


Top three favorite Melbourne restaurants?

Again in no particular order:

  1. Barca, Armadale
  2. Cicciolina, St Kilda
  3. Montalto, Red Hill


Favorite Melbourne “hidden gem.”

It's not exactly 'hidden' but it is a gem in my opinion and that is Fawkner Park, just off St Kilda Road/ Toorak Road. Having worked in the area for over 4 years, the park became my Mecca. Here I ran, walked, held meetings, functions, lunches, healthy and not so healthy debates, meditated, kicked a footy, threw kettle bells around. A real gem.


Tell us about a charity you support?

The Smith Family, which is a children's charity that helps disadvantaged children gain a better education, so that they have a better chance in life.


What qualities impress you most about a recruitment candidate?

Self awareness and sound communication. To expand on each:

  • Self Awareness - a great candidate understands where they are at and where they want to be in their career. They approach both in a realistic and confident (not cocky) manner that can be supported by tangible examples. They know their strengths and equally their weaknesses and can articulate both by way of experiences clearly and concisely.
  • Sound Communication - a great candidate can express their experience, their ambitions, their value etc. in a way that is engaging but never forceful. They equally can sit back and truly listen intently which allows them to readjust and respond accordingly.  Through this they build excellent rapport, confidence, and engagement with a prospective employer and moreover than not win that job as a result.


How do you know when a good match is being made?

As obvious as it sounds, it's all about alignment, particularly at Senior/Executive level recruitment. When I debrief both candidate and client following an interview, the ones with similar feedback, key takeaways, interest level and eagerness for next steps is when I know I've got it right.

The key is shortlisting correctly so that alignment can take place seamlessly.


Biggest business inspiration?

Nick Woodman: Founder, GoPro