#ProudConnector Unveiled: Diether Vandenbussche | Legal Recruitment Consultant
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What is your position within YouConnect?
Legal Recruitment Consultant since 1 June 2020.
Which workplace do you prefer to work in and why?
I like all the YouConnect workplaces, but the Fosbury & Sons Albert coworking space in Brussels stands out for me. I can't work there at the moment, of course, but I’m looking forward to going back. Because it’s a coworking space, it seems to generate a certain electricity. You can get into fascinating conversations with people from different fields—and they do great food!
What do you find important in the contact with candidates and clients?
I find it important to be someone they can trust. As a recruitment consultant, you are the go-between, working hard to help both parties and not just one to the exclusion of the other.
If a candidate is uncomfortable with something in the process, I want to know about it so I can help and advise them.
It’s also essential to be totally honest with the client and not be slow to challenge them if necessary in the candidate’s interest. As a legal recruitment consultant, your job goes beyond just proposing good candidates; you also help the client with drawing up the profile. The ideal candidate profile can change along the way as you receive more information and feedback from clients and candidates.
Where do you get your energy from?
Human contact. I like to chat with colleagues every once in a while—and not necessarily about work. Other people’s enthusiasm can be highly contagious. A good interview with a candidate can also give me an enormous boost.
Which characteristic do you value most in your interviewee?
Honesty. I have a soft spot for people who tell it like it is, who aren’t afraid to admit that not everything in the garden is rosy. And, to be honest, I’m a little bit suspicious of people who act as if everything’s great and couldn’t be better.
How do you deal with social media?
I try to limit it but realize it’s virtually impossible to live without it. I’d rather not be on Facebook, but there’s a lot of useful information on it, especially when it comes to events. I still worry that I might miss things if I left Facebook. But as time passes, I’m getting less worried. So, in the long run, I reckon I'll leave Facebook unless it changes its ways.
Since I’ve been working at YouConnect, LinkedIn has, of course, been my number one social media channel. For me as a recruiter, LinkedIn is a great channel, and, for the time being, it’s free from all the negativity that comes with certain other channels.
What is your strongest sense?
My eyesight. When I hear people moaning about their glasses and contact lenses, I feel so thankful that I see everything with crystal clarity without the need for any tools.
Who would you trade a day with?
With the Panda caretakers of Pairi Daiza. Ever since I was a child I’ve been fascinated by animals, and even now you can still come to me for various “animal facts.” I visit Pairi Daiza every year because I think it’s a fantastic park and the giant pandas are one of the highlights. How such clumsy animals can exist at all is a mystery to me.
What is your favorite season and why?
My weekdays would be in winter. If it’s cozy and warm inside, I can work very well. Sleeping in winter, I find it simply blissful, although getting up can be a bit more difficult. My weekends, on the other hand, would have to be summer days: barbecues, summer bars, festivals,... I like it that way every weekend.
What was your last online purchase?
A pair of jeans. For a long time, I've been holding back on buying clothes online because I prefer to try things on before I buy them. On top of that, the whole sending back thing scared me off. However, the stores were closed during the lockdown, and I was in desperate need of certain items of clothing, so since then, I’ve given in.
What’s been your biggest challenge so far?
I ran a marathon two years ago. The marathon itself wasn't that bad, it was actually the preparation that I personally found a bigger challenge. Running three times every week for months is not always easy. I can say I am more proud of my discipline before the marathon than my marathon performance itself.
What annoys you more than anything else?
The intolerant, anti-social, and insensitive behavior of people on social media. This is often nourished by the media themselves, who, in my opinion, just publish certain news items and present them in a way that’s guaranteed to cause controversy. Even when the news appears to be positive, people have the urge to undermine it in some way. Current politics also play a negative role in this.
Do you like music? If so, what is your all-time favorite?
Very much, I listen to music for several hours a day, both at work and while cooking and cleaning up. I don't have an all-time favorite, my taste in music can fluctuate quite a bit and I like to explore different genres. At the moment Alt-J, Moderat & Bicep are on the player quite often, but within a week or two it’ll be something else. I attempt to do a DJ set once in a while, that's always a good way to discover new things."
What’s your favorite part of the day?
Dinner. I'm a real Burgundian, and some days I'm already looking forward to my dinner in the morning. Sometimes I dare say that I live from meal to meal.
What resolutions do you make every New Year?
Do more sport. As the years go by, the fight against the kilos gets heavier—a fight I'd like to win. I normally enter several running contests per year, but CoVID put a stop to that this year. During the second lockdown, I tried to run every day.
What is your favorite city and why?
Amsterdam. All my life, I've lived in or around the beautiful city of Ghent, and Amsterdam has a number of similarities. I like the Dutch mentality—I have the feeling that the people there are more honest and open. Amsterdam is also a very vibrant city where there’s always something happening.
Which is your favorite day of the week?
Friday. It's a working day, but you still feel a different atmosphere with colleagues, clients, candidates, etc. I have the feeling that everyone is a bit more relaxed and excited because the weekend is approaching.
For me, the weekend starts on Friday evening. I often visit the parents with an extensive aperitif and a fish meal - Friday is fish day in our family. After work, I like to pass by “Vishandel De Vis”, the best fish store in the Ghent area, just a stone's throw from our Ghent office.
What's your little happiness? Guilty Pleasure?
Coca-Cola. I know very well that sugary sodas are extremely unhealthy and bad at quenching your thirst, but a good glass of Coke with a slice of lemon can taste so good, especially on warm days.