Hariz Chan

Hariz Chan


"Most of our clients prefer “Quiet Achievers” who are very capable but humble at the same time."

Describe yourself in 3 words

Inquisitive, trustworthy and pragmatic.

What were you like as a child?

As a child, I was stubborn and had a short attention span. I had to be engaged consistently to keep my mind busy, hence I’m a master of jigsaw puzzles.

What sort of values do you think reflects Progression?

DETAIL-ORIENTED. Besides being a specialist recruiter in the technology space, we go beyond the surface by asking deeper questions to understand the candidates’ motivation and the clients’ culture. After all, the devil is in the details.

What is the very first thing you notice about a person in an interview?

Their shoes, If they are clean and polished.

What is the most common grouse about seekers that you hear from your clients?

Seekers tend to oversell themselves and clients are usually put off by it. Most of our clients prefer “Quiet Achievers” who are very capable but humble at the same time.

What has been the hardest business decision you’ve had to make?

Leaving England after spending half my life there and moving to Singapore to work.

What are the most memorable moments in your career?

Getting my first retainer 4 years ago for a role with one of the biggest privately held company.

How is Progression different?

We have great colleagues that motivate each other and we also complement each other’s strength when working on a job order. We have an open working environment that is not segregated by seniority or strength.

What do you think is a really important part of your job?

To understand the candidate’s motivation and character. And also the client’s needs and company’s culture. If you understand all these, it’s a marriage on both sides.

What do you think is your strength?

GRIT. I am self-motivated and resilient. I will try to get a positive end result no matter how hard it takes.

What do you like the most about your job?

No jobs are ever the same which makes this role very interesting. I will always have new and interesting job orders to work on.

What do you do to relax?

Swimming and fishing.

What are you up to during your free time?

I socialize a lot with friends, a few bottles of wine and good food. I also travel back to England and Germany to visit my family during Christmas.