Today, Stine is Head of Talent Acquisition in our headquarters in Denmark and leads the global talent acquisition team. She holds a master degree in organizational studies and looks back on 17 years of recruitment experience in various international corporations. Stine is known to always having a smile on her face and a joke ready – she keeps a cool head and a positive attitude, no matter how stressful times are.
What are you looking for when hiring for Arla?
We are always looking for people who fit into the Arla culture, who can take the lead, who can collaborate closely with colleagues, and who can be daredevils changing the perspective on things. We look for diverse individuals with different backgrounds and working approaches. Above all, we need people with drive, persistence, determination and a go-getting mindset. No matter what role, we always want to hire people into our organizations that leave a mark.
Did you ever hire a candidate who did not meet the formal qualifications for a role?
When writing the job ad, we are describing the ideal candidate who is hardly possible to find. We usually compromise on the professional qualifications if we sense that a candidate has personality with potential. If candidates are comparable on the technical skillset, then we would always choose the one with the best personality fit.
What is a good candidate in your eyes?
Looking at the assessment phase of the recruitment process, a good candidate is somebody who clearly demonstrates why he/she wants to work for Arla, and why he/she wants to have this specific job, and who is able to outline which past experiences will be beneficial for the respective role. A great candidate is somebody who made a conscious choice to apply to Arla.
How should a candidate prepare for an interview?
In my eyes, the three most important tips are:
- Research Arla to get an understanding what kind of organization we are. Maybe even try and experiment with some of our products the day before the interview. It’s always beneficial to demonstrate that you have a personal connection with Arla.
- Prepare on being able to talk about yourself. Think about your competences, your strengths and your weaknesses beforehand.
- Prepare questions to ask at the end of the interview. Be curious about the job. The interview is in fact a two-way street, it is a chance for us to assess the candidate, but also for the candidate to assess us. There needs to be a fit from both sides.
Any further recommendations?
It is extremely important to put great effort into designing and customizing your application to the company and the specific role. All relevant information needs to be captured in the CV.