ADVERTI Finding the people who fit By Peter Hannaford, chairman of Datacenter People T oday’s data centre is an ever more powerful and evolving engine; an engine that has rapidly become central to the services we consume every day, be it through business or social purposes. And just as the data centre is evolving so are the skills required to build, develop and operate the data centres of today and tomorrow. Convergence is all around the data centre – convergence of technologies and convergence of skills. In the data centre world the jack-of-all-trades, with a mix of facilities, IT and security management experience, is the master. But this combination of skills is rare and with the average profile of a data centre engineer being a 55 year old male (source: DCPro) then action must be taken to fill the funnel with younger talent, both male and female. But where will employers find these people and how can they improve their chances of making the right choice? According to The Chemistry Group, the people consultancy that has built a global business around predicting performance at work (www. thechemistrygroup.com), a good CV will only ever make up 25 per cent of what makes you a great candidate for a job. If you’re an employer you can never be 100 per cent certain. But by examining intellect, values, motivation and behaviour alongside experience you could get to 75 per cent.