What do you do and why is it important?
I recruit for Hope Network Industries (HNI), including the onboarding of new hires. We give people the opportunity to work who may not normally get one.
How did you get into recruiting?
I used to work for a temp service where I started as a receptionist and worked my way up to recruiter. Eventually I saw an opening at Hope Network, applied, and have worked here for seven years now.
Your main recruiting focus at Hope Network is HNI. How did that come to be?
I was always involved with HNI since I started here. I used to recruit for our Developmental and Community Services (DCS) teams, which HNI falls under. HNI expanded and business started to grow, so it was decided that I would help them out exclusively.
What makes HNI such a special part of Hope Network?
Our diversity. We have people from all walks of life – first time workers, experienced workers, refugees, ex-offenders. Last I counted, our staff speaks 11 different languages.
Describe the ideal HNI candidate.
Someone who wants to learn. We have a lot of opportunity for advancement, so someone with a good attitude. We’re willing to partner with anyone who wants to grow.
What’s your most memorable interview story?
I had a candidate who had just been released from prison and had never had a job before in his life. He went to prison at age 18, and was released at age 38. He cried when I offered him the role. It was really special.
If recruiting ceased to exist, what do you think you would be doing?
I enjoy all aspects of Human Resources (HR), not just recruiting, so probably something related to HR like onboarding or a generalist. I love that HR helps people, so I would definitely stick within that realm.
How can jobseekers stand out right now?
Show up on time, always be a team player, and grab any and all opportunities when they come your way.