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Brian Soper has been helping regional and community banks in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions identify and recruit talent for over 18 years.
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Category Archives: Banking
The Interview – A View from Both Sides
As an executive recruiter, I hear a great deal about the interview process from both sides: the candidates I have presented to clients and the clients who are interviewing the candidates. Here is what I have gleaned from these conversations: … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2020, candidates, compensation, executive recruiting, hiring, interviewing, KSB Consulting Leave a comment
Why Are Good Younger Bankers So Hard to Find?
I’d say that I have some version of this conversation with my clients at least once a week. The reality is that it is getting harder and harder to meet the demand for strong bankers who have a well-rounded skillset … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2019, candidates, executive recruiting, KSB Consulting Leave a comment
Top 10 LinkedIn Tips for Banking Professionals
As a recruiter for mid-senior level positions in the financial services industry, I spend a fair amount of time researching candidates and referral sources on LinkedIn. It is amazing to me how many banking professionals have out-of-date, inaccurate, or otherwise … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2018, candidates, executive recruiting, hiring, KSB Consulting, LinkedIn, position description, resume, Soper Leave a comment
Attracting and Retaining Commercial Bankers
The article below highlights the challenges that many of my clients are having attracting and retaining top commercial banking talent as they work hard to profitably grow the bank. I thought it was worth sharing. Thursday, May 12, 2016 12:54 … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2016, banking, candidates, compensation, hiring, Soper Leave a comment
Characteristics of High Emotional Intelligence
At KSB Consulting, we pay attention to Emotional Intelligence as a part of how we evaluate candidates in our recruiting process. Our sister company, Ascend Profiles, uses personality profiling to assess each candidate’s Emotional Intelligence. The article below provides 10 … Continue reading
Leveraging the Dramatic Changes in the Regional Banking Landscape
The regional landscape in community banking is changing quite dramatically. For evidence of this, look no farther than the three significant acquisitions that were announced in North Carolina in the past several months: Capital Bank acquiring CommunityOne Bank, Yadkin Bank acquiring … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2016, acquisitions, employee retention, expense reduction, hiring, mergers, networking, Soper, succession planning Leave a comment
What is 360-Degree Feedback? Why is it important?
In human resources or industrial/organizational psychology, 360-degree feedback, also known as multi-rater feedback, multisource feedback, or multisource assessment, is feedback that comes from all around an employee. “360” refers to the 360 degrees in a circle, with an individual figuratively … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2015, 360 Degree Feedback, banking, executive recruiting, human capital, Soper Leave a comment
Retaining Top Employees – Ask good questions … then listen!
The banking industry is going through a period of significant change right now. The last 12 months have seen increased consolidation and noticeable movement of bankers from one bank to another (a number of times in groups). I attend a … Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Executive Recruiting, KSB Consulting Tagged 2015, banking, growth, KSB Consulting, leadership, retention, Soper Leave a comment
North Pole Adopts Bank of the Future Strategy
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Behavior-Based Interviewing: A View from the Other Side
Behavior-based interviewing is founded on solid research in the behavioral sciences, and its effectiveness has been validated repeatedly in a wide variety of corporate environments. The author of the article referenced below encourages those being interviewed to prepare for interviews … Continue reading