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Talent Acquisition Manager for a Transportation Company

Q: Where are you located?

A: I'm located in London, England, UK.

Q: What is your role title?

A: My role title is Talent Acquisition Manager.

Q: In your words, describe what you actually do?

A: I'm responsible for recruiting software engineers across different levels for our European offices. This involves sourcing candidates, screening them, managing the interview process, and making hiring decisions.

Q: How long have you been doing this role for?

A: I've been in this role for about 5 months, joining the company in the Summer of 2022.

Q: How did you get to this point in your career?

A: I have 5 years of tech recruiting experience. Before this company, I worked as a tech recruiter at other high-growth startups in London

Q: When it comes to remuneration, what are your three B’s? (Base, Bonus, Benefits?)

A: My base salary is competitive for the market. I am on £80,000 and also have an annual bonus up to 15% based on hitting hiring targets. Benefits include healthcare, pension, 25 days Annual Leave.

Q: I’m not going to ask you who you work for, but, what industry is your company in?

A: I work at a transportation/travel tech company

Q: When it comes to work flexibility, is your work primarily office-based, fully remote, or a mix of both? Which do you prefer? Does your company allow you to be flexible?

A: It's a mix of office and remote work. I go to the office 2-3 days per week for meetings and collaborate remotely the other days. I like the flexibility

Q: What does an average week or a typical day look like for you? Can you walk me through your day? What time do you arrive and start at work, what are your main tasks/responsibilities, who do you interact with, what meetings do you attend, etc.?

A: I start my day around 9 am reviewing applications and replying to candidates. I spend the late morning sourcing new candidates. Early afternoon is screening calls with candidates. I update hiring managers weekly. Late afternoon is following up with candidates. I wrap up around 5:30 pm.

Q: What does a typical day look like when things are going well vs a more challenging/stressful day?

A: Good days are when I speak to high-quality candidates and move them through the process smoothly. Challenging days involve coordinating many interviews and juggling candidate communications.

Q: What skills or knowledge are most important for your day-to-day work?

A: Strong communication skills are essential daily. Organization, multitasking, relationship-building, and a passion for recruiting talent.

Q: What are some examples of recent accomplishments or contributions you've made in this role?

A: I recently filled a senior engineering role that had been open for months by expanding and diversifying our outreach.

Q: Do you have a supportive manager and do you feel valued?

A: Yes, my manager is very supportive. I feel valued and empowered in my role.

Q: How much time do you spend collaborating with colleagues vs working independently?

A: I collaborate closely with hiring managers and coordinate interviews. But a lot of my sourcing/screening work is independent.

Q: Is there anything you wish you would have known before starting this role?

A: I wish I had known how much multitasking and time management the role requires. It was an adjustment.

Q: What do you hate most about your role?

A: Telling candidates they aren't moving forward is the hardest part. I don't like delivering bad news.

Q: What do you love most about your role?

A: I love speaking to talented people and being able to offer them a new opportunity. It's very rewarding.

Q: What’s the next role for you and when do you hope to achieve this?

A: In 2-3 years, I hope to be a Recruiting Manager leading a team.

Q: Is your next role going to be with the same company or a different one?

A: I'm happy at my company, so I see my next step here, given I have recently started.

Q: What’s one piece of advice you could give to someone who aspires to reach your position?

A: Keep building your network. Connections are so valuable for sourcing and hiring great people

Q: It’s Day 1 for someone in your role. What one piece of advice would you give them to succeed?

Here are some tips I would give to someone starting out as a recruiter to set them up
for success on Day 1:

  • Build relationships and get to know your hiring managers. Understand their
    needs, preferences, and hiring criteria. Check in regularly.
  • Don’t neglect your candidate network. Nurture relationships with candidates even
    if they aren’t a fit right now. They could be in the future.
  • Develop a structured approach to sourcing. Use boolean search strings, leverage
    existing connections, post on multiple job boards. Cast a wide net.
  • Stay organized! Use an ATS to track candidates and leverage the calendar for
    scheduling. Stay on top of tasks and follow-ups.
  • Communicate frequently and transparently with candidates. Set expectations
    upfront and update them promptly throughout the process.
  • Don’t sacrifice candidate experience for speed. Take time to screen thoughtfully
    and provide feedback even when rejecting.
  • Ask for feedback often. Check in with hiring managers on what’s working and
    what can be improved in the recruiting process.
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Admit when you don’t know something and seek
    input from colleagues.
    ● Find ways to add value outside core recruiting tasks. Offer to help with employer
    branding, diversity initiatives, events.
  • Learn how to manage stress and your energy. Recruiting can be demanding – take
    breaks, manage time wisely, and celebrate wins.
  • Continuously upgrade your skills. Take courses, read books and articles to
    develop new recruiting and HR knowledge.
  • Have fun! Recruiting is about people – build connections, help others, and enjoy
    the process

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