Rob’s journey before CB encompasses an English Degree, the shortest professional rugby career ever (9 minutes) and a stint at one of the largest global recruitment companies as the UK’s top salesman.
Rob believes the recruitment industry is focussing on an out-dated mission: To introduce candidates to business. With every executive being one click away, the traditional recruiter is obsolete.
Rob and Campbell Black are looking to solve a new problem: How to predict who will be the most successful candidates with such an increase in availability. Campbell Black provides a more objective and stats driven approach to assessing candidates. We replace gut feel and unreliable CVs with data, algorthims and facts.
From the Ivy League to the major baseball league, from London skyscrapers to Silicon Valley startups, Rob has met eminent academics, quirky statisticians and celebrity CEOs that enables him to teach businesses how make better hiring decisions.
What is your favorite word? Befuddled
What is your least favorite word? Bureaucracy
What turns you on? Laughter, new ideas, stretch goals
What turns you off? Grumpy receptionists, lack of ambition.
What sound or noise do you love? A well struck Golf Shot
What sound or noise do you hate? “Here’s your parking ticket Mr.Symes”
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Filmmaker
What profession would you not like to attempt? Courtney Love's Pool Boy
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Ian Botham's having a party, here's your invite.