Meet the Recruiter - Heleen Hermans

We have shared a lot with you about our company, our events, the Netherlands as a country and their traditions. We feel like it is high time you got acquainted with some of our colleagues. This blog will give you more insight into the life of a recruiter, the challenges they face, their most memorable moments and their guilty pleasures. This week we will introduce our recruiter from Amsterdam, Heleen Hermans. Enjoy!

1. How did you end up in recruitment?

After finishing my Bachelor's degree, I traveled for a year. When I came back I was looking for a temporary job. I walked into a recruitment agency and they placed me at several temporary assignments. After a couple of months they asked me if I wanted to apply for the position as a recruitment consultant at their office. At the time I had another idea of what I wanted to do but after some thought I applied for the role as it looked like a good combination of recruitment, HR, account management and sales. Fast forward 15 years and here I am still in recruitment.

2. What are the most/least enjoyable aspects of your role?

The most enjoyable aspect of recruiting is interacting with clients and candidates. I like to build up a good relationship and try to find the best match for both parties. I like the international nature of the role as well.

The least enjoyable aspect of recruiting is when you can’t offer a suitable job to a candidate or can’t find the suitable candidate for the client.

3. What is the biggest challenge of the job?

We have a big database full of potential job seekers that live here or abroad. I would love to meet, help, and assist more candidates. There are only so many hours in a day however, so it is not possible to connect with everyone.

4. What has been your most memorable moment in the job?

I believe there have been many memorable moments over the years. When I have placed a candidate successfully, it is rewarding to hear that they are happy at the job and would like to stay for the long-term.

5. What do you think is key for a successful recruiting process?

I think it is key to know your client, to have a good understanding of the vacancy, and to know what kind of person they are looking for to ensure that you attract the right candidate for the job. It is important to be the owner of the process, to keep everyone informed, to manage expectations and to guide and advise both parties along the way. Open and transparent communication is key.

6. If you were to have a job outside an office environment, what would be your dream job?

Difficult to say as I am happy where I am. If it has to be a job outside of an office environment it would be something that involves traveling around the world.

7. What's your guilty pleasure?

Online shopping

Quickfire questions

Q: Coffee or tea

A: Coffee 

Q: Sun or snow?

A: Sun

Q: Are you a morning or a night person?

A: Both

Q: If you could go any where in the world where would you go and why?

A: I have a passion for travelling and love to explore places where I have never been before. The list is too long 😊 For now I would say that at the top of my list is a road trip in the US - driving through Utah, Arizona and Colorado. I would love to see all the nature.

"Just be yourself. Be honest, work towards a goal, and you'll achieve it."


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