Matthias is in his element when he feels he is given the freedom to fully advise his clients in their search for the right people. He gains energy by building strong client relationships, where the core is trust and achieving the common goal is in the first place. Matthias is a trusted advisor who sees his clients and candidates as partners and always asks them "what do you want to achieve with your hiring decision, in the short and long run?"
Before we get started - How would you describe your workdays?
The amazing aspect in my everyday working life is that every day is totally different. On some days I am meeting clients in the area, in the country, or internationally, like in the US or Singapore. On other days I am sitting at my desk, doing hands-on or strategic work silently. Or I see candidates in our office, for selection or assessment interviews.
The aligning red thread in my workdays is structure. I deeply believe that you cannot be successful in our job without an excellent level of structure & discipline; because it is necessary to use your time wisely, to really achieve best choice solutions. That is even more important as Mercuri Urval provides me with a very high degree of freedom, so it is all up to me. To put it simply, the first words that come to mind when thinking of my work is: Trust, Resilience and Development.
You have worked within the Executive Search industry prior to Mercuri Urval – Why did you choose to work for Mercuri Urval?
Back in the day I was a successful consultant and part-time leader in a stock-exchange listed recruitment firm and I felt boxed in. I experienced business rules and the expectation cycle that made it impossible to develop clients in the way I wanted.
What I saw in Mercuri Urval was a high degree of freedom that I could fill with creativity and a well-thought long-lasting business plan. Later, I also got my initial feeling confirmed that Mercuri Urval is a truly hidden champion: There is no Executive Search firm I know that is middle-sized but has a global spread of employed professionals all united under the headline "create value for people" over solely turnovers.I'm convinced that this approach is much more profitable in the long-run.
That setup is unique in the industry and it helps me to make companies' strategies work through people, globally and locally. This is also what makes me feel proud: With Mercuri Urval I have the chance to create entire hiring decisions that turn out to be great investments for both clients and Executive candidates, regardless of the candidate's expertise or background.
What is the best part of your job?
Best in my job is that trust spreads with a high speed. When I deliver an extraordinary good match for a client and a candidate, we bond on a personal level and build trust for future partnerships. Like a fine artist can be proud of the art he creates, I am fully proud when I see that advised candidates do fulfil the business need and the goals they are expected to - and when they are happy because they found the professional development they have been looking for. That is the magic of “match making”!
Did anything surprise you when you started working for Mercuri Urval?
Yes, that there really was the freedom that I was looking for. In an almost pure status. It just took me a “click” moment over a beer to understand that I should simply fill that freedom with “WWMD” – What Would Matthias Do?
Mercuri Urval is entrepreneurial and meritocratic, with all it takes. That makes me stay happy, humble and creative. Everything internally goes in a relaxed, Swedish way – which I was also not used to before I joined Mercuri Urval. We walk the talk of meritocracy and provide entrepreneurial participation and reward invested efforts. It was also a surprise to see that this simple logic turned out to be so simple.
How has your career developed inside Mercuri?
I took it step by step and this is still the journey I am on. I've also been lucky to have had a successful start at Mercuri Urval, which simply confirmed to me that there was still a lot of trust in my network and that I did a good job before, that I am right now boosting to new degrees. After three years, I personally feel that I am on the right track to become an excellent Executive Search consultant and Executive Advisor that can challenge the best in our industry.
So time is also right to share the experiences I have gathered and become a Director. Mercuri Urval believes in me and I am sure that we can provide a great environment for other Executive Search consultants to grow and to make use of the freedom I have felt.
Matthias Loidold studied Social Psychology / Economics and Marketing Research. In his early career he has worked closely with a PhD in Psychology that is a leading capacity in Personal Diagnostic and later with recruitment for a stock-exchange listed global enterprise.
He joined Mercuri Urval in 2015 with an intention to support his clients in finding the right people for all business aspects without being held back by own company structures.
Matthias showed his proactive personality and asked for more responsibility in Mercuri Urval. After a few years as an Executive Search consultant, he became a Director in January 2019 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
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