Inside the Mind of a Tech Recruiter
Our Tech Recruiter, Steve, shares the secrets of Tech Recruiting!
How did you get into recruiting?
I started out by joining a large Financial Times Stock Exchange 250 agency in Manchester. I stayed for nearly two years before moving to Brighton to join up with another agency. Before long I made the move to London where I transitioned to an in-house role in 2013.
How did you decide to become a Tech Recruiter?
To be honest I fell into it. I graduated from the University of Manchester in 2009 with a degree in modern history and economics, and needed some money for the upcoming summer. A friend of mine had recently started a recruitment role and referred me. As a 21 year old graduate the money was good so I stayed, and the rest as they say is history. Certainly not what I expected to be doing with my degree!
Why did you join GetYourGuide?
Because of the people I met at interview, the open canvass with regards to tech recruiting and the excellent company culture.
Which are the main challenges for a Tech Recruiter in the startup world?
Sourcing candidates. The sheer amount and variety of startups in Berlin only adds to the complexities because active candidates usually have 2,3,4 options on the table. Another challenge is constantly having to evolve and change your processes.
What does an ideal tech candidate need to have to catch your attention?
First and foremost it goes without saying that they need to have the correct skillset. You would be amazed by the amount of people who apply for a position they have zero experience in. I also like to know if a candidate is active within the technology community, has an active GitHub and Stack Overflow account or has actually bothered to write a personalised cover letter.
What is the most common mistake candidates do during interviews?
The worst mistake I repeatedly see is when candidates do not prepare well enough for the interview. I always start off my interviews by asking what they know about our company and how they heard about us. During the interview process, it’s your responsibility as a candidate to show me and the wider company why you want this job and why you want to join the GetYourGuide team.
What’s your best advice to tech talents who want to apply for GetYourGuide?
Really think about why you want to join GetYourGuide and be honest about your reasons. Whatever you do make sure you do the basics, check the website, the blog, download the app, take a tour if you can, Google us!