Steve Talks Diversity, Newcastle FC and the Importance of Employer Branding
Posted on 6th September 2017
Last month the whole Scede.io team got together for an offsite meeting (and it was awesome!).
Whilst we were all together we thought it would be a great opportunity to have a quick fire round with Steve and gave him 30 seconds to answer each question.
Steve is one of our Principals and is currently helping Klarna scale up.
Here’s how it went:
There’s been a lot of controversy around females in tech recently. What do you think start ups can do to ensure they have an inclusive environment?
It’s important for start ups to stop treating diversity as a tick-box exercise and take diversity seriously. Start ups need to understand and appreciate the true benefits of having a diverse workforce.
If a start up genuinely believes that having an inclusive environment means creating a better product then this culture will immerse itself within the office and will ultimately attract more diverse staff.
What is the biggest challenge in tech recruitment?
Gone are the days that tech candidates only join tech companies.
Every company is now relying heavily on tech which means there is more demand than supply!
This makes it vital for start ups to position themselves as an employer of choice. This is a part of the job I absolutely love.
How do you keep up with the tech world to ensure your clients are getting the best candidates?
As a Tech Talent Partner, I am constantly talking to technical professionals. I like to find out what they are currently interested in and then I will go away and do my own research.
Asking questions is another powerful way of learning. Take part in as many conversations as you can (online and offline) and don’t be afraid of asking why and how.
The best way is to talk and understand what your candidates are interested in and then check it out yourself.
Why did you join Scede.io?
The idea of being able to collaborate with people who have helped the likes of Spotify, Skype and Google grow was too good to refuse!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I love the fact that I get to work with different people every day. The saying that no two people are the same is very true and with that brings interesting challenges and rewarding moments.
When you’re not working, what do you get up to?
I love watching my beloved Newcastle Utd although being based in the South means this is sadly only on TV now.
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