Heleen Anderson, Senior Recruiter, March 5, 2021
If you ask any Nortal employee (or Nortalists, as we call ourselves) what has kept them with the company, 9 times out of 10 they will answer, “It’s the people.” Having ambitious growth plans and hiring hard-to-find tech candidates among a highly competitive labor market, our Talent Acquisition team is often at the front line of the battlefield ensuring we attract the right talent while keeping our strong culture by hiring people who share our values. We follow a few guidelines in finding and choosing the right people for the team.
The 4 simple yet powerful principles we follow for recruiting:
From the recruiter’s perspective, we often need to identify the potential, rather than the existing skillset, to bring aboard only those who have the right starter kit to perform well in the position and are eager and curious to grow together with us.
Our recruiters often see themselves as career coaches – they view everything from the candidate’s perspective and what’s best for them. Sometimes, this means we have nothing suitable to offer, and we have the integrity to say it is not the right time or right role for a great candidate (which doesn’t mean that we might not have the perfect role in a few months).
Our recruiters ensure that relevant stakeholders have the needed skills to contribute to an excellent candidate journey by their involvement in every part of the recruitment cycle – sometimes by identifying and referring talent or personally reaching out to exceptional candidates before the offer negotiation phase.
We keep our talent pool warm and take care of our stand-out candidates all year by sending out Wolt vouchers for Christmas, sharing the latest Nortal tech blog, or occasionally inviting the candidates to Nortal events. It’s worth the extra effort since the average period to fill positions at Nortal has become relatively short, and candidates appreciate our attentiveness. Thus, if most of your time goes toward putting out fires, and you don’t have time to develop the talent pool processes strategically, it’s difficult to find the right “yes” at the right time!
Recruitment has been a business-critical function at Nortal for years, which means finding great people on the team is the company’s common mission. The recruitment team is much larger than just the recruiter responsible for filling certain roles. We position the recruiters as strategic partners alongside the managers by keeping relevant stakeholders accountable in the recruitment process. We make sure we have the systems and tools in place to ensure consistency in ongoing recruitments.
While being on a mission to find the best talent for each position – it’s important to highlight that it is always the candidate at the center of the recruitment process.