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An Employee's Perspective on Recruiting
1:37 PM MST | January 2, 2012 | By RADMILA JEVTIC
Recruiting employees with the right skills is getting more difficult. It’s especially tough as companies require more specialized capabilities necessary to compete in today’s global marketplace.
At the same time, top prospects have their choice of positions. As someone who maneuvered the recruiting process recently, I want to share some insight to help companies make themselves more attractive to top talent. These are the things that might make prospective employees’ decisions to join the team easier to make.
I believe chemicals and specialty materials companies should seek prospects who love chemistry way too much to give it up. While some prospects vie for positions with more visible companies like Apple and Google, these aren’t the people to recruit. I learned about Celanese at an American Institute of Chemical Engineers conference about two years ago. At the time, I was wrapping up my Ph.D. I shared my resume with Celanese representatives at the event and secured interviews on the spot – including one with my current manager. That’s when I learned about the exciting things Celanese is doing like developing hydrocarbon-based ethanol, creating food ingredients that make foods healthier and better tasting, and innovating specialty materials that make consumer products stronger, faster and safer. For a chemistry lover, this is exciting work.
A culture of people who are enthusiastic rather than uptight and stiff will catch prospective employees’ attention. The Celanese recruiters and interviewers greeted me with enthusiasm – at the event and throughout the interview process. The team that I now work with is always passionate about their R&D work. Our good chemistry helps the team work hard and achieve results.
A quick recruiting process is also appealing. Some companies take months to respond and some never even let prospects know when they are rejected. When the company can make a quick, decisive hiring decision, it’s a good sign they won’t drag on making other decisions.
The brightest engineers and marketing professionals are full of ideas and need a place to use them. For me, creating new things has always been fun. When companies put people in environments with well-matched teams, lots of independence and great support systems, they’re more likely to use those ideas to be innovative and make progress fast. Encouraging employees to learn and grow beyond their engineering focus helps them soak up every aspect of the business.
Finally, when people feel like they’re contributing to something and see results, it’s rewarding. And working on a project from conception to commercial scale is the ultimate reward. In today’s competitive and global environment, any company can find and keep top team members who will grow with them, but creating the right environment is the most important component.
Radmila Jevtic is senior research engineer/acetyl intermediates at Celanese. For more information, visit www.celanesetcx.com.