Chad Lafferty

Managing Director / Board Member

Career Path to Your Current Position

I started doing IT Contract recruitment before shifting into managing everything non-IT within contract. After 6 years, I made the decision to join Wahl+Case, initially looking after Sales & Marketing and eventually running the whole recruitment business.

Years in Recruitment


Industries Covered/Worked

  • Currently – Technology
  • Previously – Financial Services, Retail, Tech (Hardware & Software), Consulting… pretty much everything

Specialties / Skills

  • Consultative sales & training
  • Team & culture building
  • Building things & processes that work
  • All levels of recruitment from executive down

Achievement/s You`re Most Proud of

I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of very capable people that have gone on to successful careers both in & out of recruitment. It’s been great to be a part of their development.

Company Culture/DNA

We are a high-trust organization with strong core values. We believe that innovation is the key to fixing a broken recruitment industry.

Tell us something unique about how you (or your company) operate

We have a different mindset towards recruitment as we are a startup business ourselves and also have digital products like We understand the challenges of building a product, which gives us a really different perspective when meeting with clients and candidates.

What is the most important attribute you typically look for in a candidate when hiring for your team/company?

They have to be aligned with our values and vision. We are team-based & development focused, and anyone that joins needs to be all-in on personal improvement, accountability, and teamwork.

What has been your biggest career challenge?

If it’s not this, right now, then I’ve become complacent. The next few years are huge for us.

What is most gratifying about your role?

I love the sense of urgency that comes with working for a mid-sized company in a growth phase. We have the flexibility larger companies lack and the desire to innovate faster than the competition.

What goals do you have for the coming year?

Hire more experienced consultants. The switch to remote work has necessitated some adjustments to our hiring and training. We want to bring on people that have a good grounding in recruitment, but that are also aligned with our values.

Tell us one change you would be very happy to see happen related to recruitment in Japan?

I guess I can say that there is a lot of room for improvement. There can be a very transactional mindset that has a negative impact on the industry as a whole.

Any random thoughts you`d like to share about the Japan TA/Recruitment market?

Japan provides unique opportunities for relationship building that don’t always exist in other markets. It takes a lot of effort to build, but once you do it’s incredibly rewarding, both professionally and personally.

Hobbies: How do you unwind outside of the job?

I love sports and play a few, exercise when I can, and try to keep up on reading.

Any Pet Peeves?

I’m sure I have some, but nothing pops into my head straight away. It’s more likely that I do things that drive other people crazy!

Most Memorable Placement/Hiring Story

Not any one in particular, but because we work with tech startups we always have opportunities to meet founders, work with unicorns, and help companies grow in Japan. That’s something I really enjoy about all the work we are doing now.

If you hadn`t gone into recruitment what would you have been?

No idea, but it would be less interesting. I never expected to find myself in recruitment, but it’s been incredibly rewarding.

Your last meal on earth, what would it be?

Matt Nicholls’s bacon sandwich.

Tell us an unusual fact about yourself that your friends might not already know.

I used to be an aspiring screenwriter. I studied professional writing in university, but quickly realized after I graduated that to make it as a writer you have to be either good or lucky, and I wasn’t confident that I was either!

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