People Potential Sdn Bhd

Interview with Terry Netto, CEO of People Potential Sdn Bhd


What are some of the competencies, traits, experiences and/or qualifications do you look for when hiring a woman returnee that differentiates them from other candidates? What catches your attention in a candidate’s resume?

We look for candidates with a good command of both written and spoken English as we serve primarily large corporations in Malaysia and around the region.

Maturity and experience are important factors; returnees tend to give an impression that they can handle business complications and situations without much hand-holding. This has largely proven to be true.

Finally, we take into consideration a candidate’s specific skillset, eg experience and ability to translate financial data is useful for the position of Senior Finance Personnel.
  
What positions did the woman returnees fill?

These positions are Project Manager, Admin Officer and Part-time Senior Finance Personnel.
  
What advice would you share with women aiming to return to work?

Prior to going back to work, brush up on MS Office applications such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint as these are essential skills in most businesses. Being familiar in collaborative tools and online platforms such as Googledocs would be advantageous. These applications are not difficult to master and there are good resources on the Internet, including videos in Youtube. So invest some time and do it early in your career comeback employment!
  
What are some of your career highlights?

Leading a small but capable team that does local and international work on top of creating a work environment built on transparency, trust and freedom. We have a diverse team despite our small size!
  
What are some fun facts about yourself?

I have an eclectic academic background – Philosophy, Psychology, Civilisational Studies, Business Admin, HR and L&D. This has been influential in the way I work with my colleagues to shape our company’s organisational culture. I once spent an insightful month working in a leper colony in India run by Mother Theresa’s organisation, and for the past 30+ years, I spend a few days each year during a silent meditation retreat.