Klemens Wersonig - TARGET Founder & CEO

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Headhunting is done differently around the globe. While some countries, like Norway, France, Central Europe, South America and Australia ride on top of the social media wave and embrace the latest technologies, other countries like the USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland have a much more conservative approach to top level recruitment. Klemens Wersonig, the CEO of TARGET Executive Search has analyzed global headhunting trends and best practices and shared his findings at the world headhunter congress of INAC in Madrid.

Petya is not a nice candidate name. It is a new virus aiming specifically at you and me. This new computer virus is targeting recruiters. Every day we get many CVs, some are in response to job offers, others are just coming out-of-the-blue.

How recruiters and headhunters are attacked!

TARGET CEE Study results

Can Central and Eastern European Management Compete?

In 2009 and 2015 TARGET Executive Search published 2 major studies in cooperation with leading universities. Each time around 1000 Expats throughout CEE (+app. 200 local managers) were asked about their opinion on the local (CEE) management competitiveness (“Can local management compete?”) These studies are available here.

TARGET 2015 study results                                          TARGET 2009 study results


In 20 years you and I will look at the iPhone and smile about its antique outdated shapes. :) and we will tell our kids and grandchildren, that this was a real big revolution - back then 20 years ago - and they will laugh about us.
The same happens now, when I tell my kids, that 20 years ago the internet just started. There were no e-mails, no social networks, mobil phones weighed 5 kilos etc.

20 years ago I founded this company, TARGET Executive Search. My partner and I, we started in a typical "garage" in Budapest. Ok, it was not a garage, but close enough, a 1 room office with 6m2, 1 PC and 4 people. As soon as our main and dominant competitor learned about our existence they hired away our only 2 employees for double money, so only the 2 founding partners were left and we started to build TARGET from scratch. Many stories to tell...I will write a book, but one major lesson to retain.

Despite the technological revolution, from letters to e-mails, from heavy phone books to facebook, from excel database to linkedin, despite all this the people are still the same. No technology can replace the human factor in senior recruitment. Now we all have immediate access to people around the globe, but at the end of the day quality recruitment remains a personal decision based on that unique human chemistry that will not come across in any video interview. We treat much more data now, much faster, but the personal fit must be there. Only then it will be a long-term success.

Guess what! We really have placed candidates 20 years ago, who are still at the same company and made great careers. What a great fit! Thank you for being with us as clients, candidates, colleagues and friends.


Klemens Wersonig
Founder & CEO
TARGET Executive Search Group


Mr. Lajos Mészáros (Commercial & Managing Director Trumf Hungary Kft.)

„I met the experts of TARGET Executive Search through their recent headhunting project in Hungary. We had a nice 5 round recruitment process with them and their client. They interviewed and tested the candidates in all professional aspects. I can say that this long procedure – as I got further and further - was rather interesting than unpleasant and I understood that the basic idea of this systematic and profound chain of interviews was to identify really the ideal candidate according to the requirements of their client. Finally when I got the job I also felt that I was the right one to win. Since November 2012 I work as Commercial and Managing Director of Trumf Hungary Kft.”

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