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Interview Preparation: 9 Tips That Really Matter! | Episode 4 | Job Talks With HR

Updated: Aug 15, 2022

Our Today's Guest is Maria Wittenberger who is the Senior Technical Recruiter at SE2. She fell in love with recruiter during her college days & since then she has been working towards meeting new people, talking to candidates & find the best fit for SE2

What is Job Talks With HR?

Job Talks With HR is a podcast where we invite recruiters, head-hunters from all every country to get their advice on how to get a job, how to prepare for interviews, best resume tips, which job portal to use, how to negotiate salary and much more. Every podcast tells you to prepare in a certain way for the interview, here, the recruiters tells you how to prepare, talk, build resume and get your dream job. Our aim is to provide you with enough insights that, you can Crack any interviews.

how to prepare for interview tips in 2022 from HR of se2 on job talks with hr
HR Maria Wittenberger From SE2 Sharing Interview Tips



( Guest Introduction )All right. Welcome, Maria. And thank you for being on job. Talk with HR. We are greatly honored by your presence. Maria has been a recruiter for the past many years, and she has been recruiting for many big, big clients, as well as she has experience in recruiting candidates in various. More onto you, Maria.

Maria: Well, thank you so much for the introduction. And I wanna thank you for inviting me to be on this podcast. It's super exciting. I'm very passionate about recruiting. So something I love to talk about is a little bit about me.

Again, my name's Maria Wittenberger. I am a Senior Technical Recruiter for SE2 and I love what I do. I didn't start doing this in college. It's not something I had in mind, but it's something I came across and loved.

Allin1hub: Maria, what is your story? Interestingly, you started from college, so everyone should now know what's the story.

Maria: I have a master's degree in biology so it's not exactly human resources, but how it started. I worked outta college. I was teaching and I loved it. I was passionate about it. And then they asked me to help with a recruitment event and I'm happy to help volunteer.

And I fell in love with it. Getting to talk to eager students who are excited about their future and talking about careers, just lit a spark in me. I loved it. So I eventually transitioned into a college recruiter role. I did that for many years. And again, very passionate about that.

I love working with college students both traditional and nontraditional college students. And I did that for many years. But I wanted more. I wanted to grow and I knew that bug of recruiting, was something that I wanted to do. And I made the transition a few years ago into recruiting for careers versus colleges. And that's where I've been ever since.

Allin1hub: Interesting that you began in college, then you had a Ph.D. in a different domain. And then came back to recruiting. I guess, that you might have, both sides of recruiting as well as biology and using it in some form or fashion in recruiting as well.

Maria: Yeah, I agree. It's flexing a lot of the same muscle college recruiting and career recruiting. It's really, it's about people having open ears and listening to people and what they're wanting to do and helping them get to those and achieve those dreams. So, yeah, absolutely agree.

Allin1hub: Can you tell us about your company?

Maria: Yeah. SE2, we are a technology company and we build end-to-end technologies for life insurance and annuity companies. So we build the software that not only the employees use, you know, for our clients, but also for their customers as well.

We also support them operationally. We have a lot of big contracts and life insurance annuities are so important. They can be life-changing. So being able to help and support companies be more accurate efficient, and just overall effective with their processing is, is something that we are very, excited about being able to do rest.

Allin1hub: Insurance means you have done recruiting insurance as well. Is that what you're trying to say?

Maria: No. We don't sell insurance. We build the technology that the people who sell the insurance use.

Allin1hub: So you give a platform to them, right?

Maria: Yes. That's exactly right. So we are a third-party administrator.

So we build the platforms that the insurance companies use. So we, again, digital products, nothing on the physical office shelf, but we don't sell insurance. We build the software that the companies who sell the insurance use.

Alln1hub: What do you think is the hardest part about your recruit?

Maria: Oh, my gosh right now it's sourcing. I'm a tech recruiter. I do some operations recruiting as well, but just finding candidates. Once I find them, I am great about building that rapport building up. I believe in our, company mission and our values, and our amazing benefits.

So once I find a candidate, that's the easier part, but right now sourcing tech talent is tough to find, right? Specifically for some of our, harder defined positions, there is a scarcity of candidates who are right for the job and the job openings are moved.

For every two, or three jobs you have, there might only be a handful of candidates that can fit that role. Yes, if you are thinking about getting into the tech industry now is the time.

Allin1hub: Is there any common misunderstanding about the interview or is there anything that a candidate always does wrong?

Maria: I don't think it's wrong. I think they need to focus on doing what's right. And, this is my motto. If I talk to a candidate, especially a junior candidate, and I can tell they're extremely nervous, I let them know that I want it to be them.

I want them to be the next candidate. I am just as hopeful and as excited as the candidate is that's my job, right? To get folks over the finish line and to be in a position where they can thrive and grow in and help our business succeed. I want just as much as you do. And so another thing I would mention.

Is be able to speak to experiences. Say you tell me yes, I have an incredible work ethic. Fantastic. Tell me about an example where you went above and beyond, and be able to speak to what is on your resume. That is a reflection of you. So when you're building that be very cognizant about what you're putting on there.

So when I ask for an example, if you can't give me examples, that's. That I would say, is a little bit of a red flag. And also don't be afraid to show your personality. I want to know you, of course, your skill sets are important that you're gonna be on my team. So being able to share your personality and a little bit, about your, fun, creative side, whatever it is, please show that to me too.

The more rapport you build with a recruiter, I can tell you the more successful you'll be.

Allin1hub: So you have to be aware of what you're trying to put on your resume and be able to showcase it back with an example, right. And, and some other advice I would give, the first step isn't the interview.

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The first step is me reviewing your resume and wanting to interview you. So make sure, your resume is aligned with the job description. Don't use a blanket resume for every job. You will not find very much success doing that. Don't lie on your resume. Be honest, because we will, you know, find that out eventually, but maybe rearrange your resume.

There are different skill sets. Higher up in the job description, then align your skill sets to match that because that's what we're looking for. So that's something else I would say before you would get to the interview step is to make, sure your resume is aligned as closely with your accurate skillset to the job description as possible.

Allin1hub: So you mean that for not lying on the interview. Meaning that the candidate has to fact-check everything on his resume and be able to back it up by proof means, suppose he has a candidate suppose a candidate has a certificate or anything like that better. He has to showcase the skills as well as the certificate to prove it back.

Maria: Absolutely. So we are a highly regulated industry. The finance and insurance industry is so we verify employment we verify certificates but also we have skills test, especially for, you know, software developers, software engineers, full-stack engineers DevOps we use different skillset tests.

So you can showcase your skill set. We're not trying to catch anybody, but we really wanna highlight where you might be. Fit. Yes, being honest is key because we would quickly find out if that wasn't the