So who is Tony Walsh? A look behind the scenes in talent assessment

Anthony Haynes writes: One of the aims of this blog is show behind the scenes at FJWilson and introduce the team. Here we introduce Tony Walsh.

Tony WalshWhat is your role at FJ Wilson?

Talent manager with a focus on identifying and assessing talent

And what does that work entail?

Offering our clients a range of services that use proven assessment techniques to ensure the best possible fit between the candidate and the demands of the role and organisation they are being considered for.

What’s the attraction of working in talent assessment? What makes the work satisfying?

Working with a wide range of clients and candidates is in itself endlessly interesting. Matching candidates to positions in which they will perform well on behalf of organisations as well as flourish as individuals is immensely satisfying. It is a genuine win-win situation in that I can help to contribute to the business success of our clients, as well as help people to find roles that they find rewarding and in which they will perform well.

What’s your background?

I am a chartered occupational psychologist by training. I first became interested in this field of work after a number of years working as a line manager in financial services. The final motivation for becoming an occupational psychologist was when I found myself building a new team for a start-up and realising just how much the success of the business was built upon identifying the right people for the job. Since becoming an occupational psychologist I have worked in the assessment of people at all levels in organisations from school leavers to board level.

What advice would you give to candidates?

For me the first step for a candidate to ensure that you really understand the nature of the organisation you are applying to, and have a full grasp of what you will be asked to do. In other words make sure you have a comprehensive understanding of what you will be asked to deliver, and how you should go about this. Both of these factors will be explored with you in a good assessment process.

When it comes to taking part in a structured assessment process preparation, as ever, is key. There are many sources of advice available on-line and in print.

When it comes to interviews make sure that you have examples of work you have been involved in that you can use to illustrate your capabilities. Also always ensure that you are clearly answering the question asked; nothing is guaranteed to reduce your positive impact on an interviewer more than appearing evasive.


Other posts in our ‘behind the scenes’ series include: ‘Who is Dilly Clack?‘ (26 April), ‘Who is FJWilson?‘ (12 April), and ‘Who is Phil Wolfenden?‘ (1 August).

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