What are the most important characteristics an employee should have to be happy and successful in your company?
Our employees and their individual performances are the foundation of our success. That is the reason why we highly appreciate expertise and are committed to promote the skills of our staff. We are looking for employees who inspire us with their talent and passion. It is very important to us that they want to make a difference and like working in a team. At Soloplan, social skills and expertise are equally important. In practice, this means that fully qualified applicants do not have a chance if their personality does not fit in with the company culture. I always make sure that the new employee fits well into the respective team. That is why the team leader, i.e. the new employee’s future line manager, carries out a subject-specific test. To some extent, I delegate the responsibility to the respective team leaders since they are the ones who will cooperate closely with the new employee every day.
The problem of labour shortage is more pressing than ever before. What measures do you take to still find suitable employees?
I think that nowadays finding suitable employees is a big challenge for every CEO. Plenty of experience is required to see the potential in an application. Therefore, we consider an application not only for the position to which the applicant applied. We also check whether he/she would be suitable for another position. This can mean, for example, that an application for a position in software development is much more suitable for a position in project management, quality assurance or the service department. During the job interview, we give the applicant an overview of the respective fields of activity and discuss the available alternatives together with him/her.
The application has successfully passed the first phase. How exactly do you conduct job interviews at Soloplan?
We do not simply want to interview the applicant. We want to engage in a constructive dialogue that helps us to get to know each other. We always discuss the applicant’s CV first. Of course, we do our best (more…)