My work in international recruiting at Tricentis gives me the opportunity to meet talented people from all over the world. As our company has grown, I’ve participated in recruiting campaigns in Europe, Austrialia, and the United States, and I’m continually amazed at the quality of the applications we receive. We’ve learned a lot about what makes a good application outstanding, and, in the interest of open communication, we’ve begun sharing our insights and tips with potential applicants. Applying for a new job isn’t easy, but we’re committed to making the process simple, clear, and, hopefully, enjoyable for all involved.
Unijobs.at, an online career service for job seekers in Austria, interviewed me and Senior Manager Alexander Mundorff to ask us about careers at Tricentis. Below is a translation of the interview. You can find the original here.
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Q: Job applications – Online, email or by post?
Marcel Binder: Online is best. This saves us a lot of work, as we receive over 4,000 applications a year. Also, the margin for error is basically eliminated – as soon as an application is in our recruiting system, automated reminders ensure that it is not overlooked.
Q: C.V. – classic style or creative with infographics?
MB: We’re open to all sorts of different ideas!
Every applicant can/should be able to create his or her CV in the way that he or she chooses. The important thing is that the content, the employment history and the details are clear and shown in chronological order.
Q: Unusual applications using Youtube, blogs or social media channels – yes or no?
MB: Why not – at Tricentis, we’re all great fans of creativity and innovation, however it’s important that the overall general impression and actual point of the application are not lost.
Q: What is the biggest no-go in job applications?
MB: Fake details! Always be honest about your experience and qualifications – anything made up is always found out in the end.
Q: How important is a job application picture?
MB: We don’t see photos as important. However, if you choose to include one, you should make sure it is taken against a neutral background and that it looks professional.
Q: A CV with or without hobbies?
MB: We like to get a comprehensive picture of our applicants – and this means what applicants enjoy doing in their free time too.
Alexander Mundorff: If an applicant doesn’t include this information in his/her CV, I sometimes explicitly ask for it at the interview.
Q: Should references be attached with the application or sent upon request?
MB: School qualification certificates are more than enough!
AM: I don’t hide the fact that I don’t particularly place a lot of value on school or university qualifications. How well a person performed in school / in his or her studies doesn’t say much to me about the person him or herself. Getting a personal impression of someone is far more important to me.
Q: Salary expectations – yes or no?
MB: No. At Tricentis we like to first of all get a picture of the applicant and have them get one of us and the position before we discuss rates of pay – the question is a particularly hard one to answer for applicants. In addition, this question only makes sense in a company context i.e. when the employee is aware of the benefits offered by the employer and their salary structure.
Q: Chasing up applications – to be done after 2 weeks or 2 months?
AM: Chasing up applications submitted to Tricentis isn’t necessary. We process all applications quickly and our departments always endeavor to keep the recruiting process as short as possible. If an application does happen to take longer, our recruiting office is always happy to help.
MB: It’s extremely important to us that every applicant receives a response from us. We don’t leave applicants in the dark.
Q: Are applicants googled in advance?
MB: Very rarely – in our opinion, this is only useful for certain departments e.g. Sales or Web Development.
Q: Average job interview duration?
MB: On average, our departments set aside one hour for job interviews. If this isn’t long enough, the interview can be extended or continued on another day.
Q: Your favorite top 3 job interview questions?
What do you think we should we know about you? Tell us about yourself.
What do you know about Tricentis?
Why have you applied for a position with us? What does the position you have applied for involve?
Q: Strangest question asked by an applicant?
AM: One applicant asked me if he would be able to teach yoga in the meeting rooms….
Q: The best way to end a job interview?
AM: I thank every applicant for the time their time and hope to hear the same from them.