Interview to Neomobile’s Enrica Lipari

Meritocracy has always had the ambition to give their users the best experience when they want to get to know a company further. At Meritocracy, we understand that a potential candidate can better show off his talent if he has a deep understanding of the company’s culture and visions. That’s the reason why we explore their headquarters (offices), highlight mission and benefits. Now it’s time to interview who is in charge of recruitment.

Discover how companies take a further step in the recruitment process by getting to know potential talents like you.

Please read on the interview to Neomobile’s Enrica Lipari.

 

Who are you, what is your role in Neomobile?

“I am Enrica Lipari, People Director in Neomobile. I started working here in 2009, and since then my role has evolved considerably: on one hand, I coordinate all the ‘people’ strategies, so the ‘operations’ in Neomobile such as HR management, engagement, training, mobility & expatriate management and so on; on the other hand I work with the Lean Community Change inside Neomobile, with the aim of supporting and implementing the company’s transition towards a more Lean & Agile approach and methodology.” 

How is a job interview in Neomobile? What aspects of the candidate impact you the most?

“Typically a job interview corresponds to the identity of the person who organizes it, so the company itself: in Neomobile the job interview is informal, interactive, and active. The primary objective is actually to meet, discuss, and see if the company fits for the candidate and vice versa. So we have no predetermined questions or fixed agenda, because it’s a conversation, not a monologue or an interview.

We pay attention to the attitude, the confidence and the consistency that the candidate shows, which is an evidence of detail. It also counts the fluency in introducing himself/herself, but above all the motivation that drives the interviewee to come to our company and spend an hour of his/her time with us.”

What is talent for Neomobile?

“For me, talent is the expression of potential, it’s when a person has the power to express his/her resources and skills maybe never shown before: it is exactly through empowerment that the person has the right condition to do it and prove his worth. Neomobile develops this concept as follows: talent is the meeting point between specific skills and knowledge, so the ‘vertical’ expertise, and potential, so the ‘horizontal’ strength. In fact Neomobile sees talent as a “T -shape”, deep and wide at the same time”.

Talent stories in Neomobile: tell us one!

“Actually I have a lot to tell, not just one! I could tell the stories of those colleagues who, with the right mindset and the right attitude, accept changes and evolve in their career; all the Neomobilers who leave their comfort zone and challenge themselves with courage and strength. You see, those are stories of talent. Anyway, do not confuse talent with the career itself: you better find it in the evolution, in the enrichment of the person, rather than in the career.”

Three characteristics that the ideal candidate for Neomobile should have?

“Passionate, brave, authentic”

To whom would you not recommend to work in Neomobile?

“I would not recommend Neo to those people who do not give priority to its personal and professional growth, so people who do not risk, those who are uncomfortable in managing a change, and who are easily discouraged.”

What are the HR key factors on which Neomobile will invest in 2016?

100 % HIRING: a good hire means working ‘less’ in the people management, in the training part, in the resolution of any possible conflicts. This is just a small part of the ‘Agile’ iceberg in Neomobile, where the People team (and it is no coincidence that we don’t call ourselves ‘HR’ anymore!) can do a lot: our role will increasingly support organizational changes and remove procedural and bureaucratic barriers for our people, in order to let them work and act lightly, and ‘ dance ‘ to continuous improvement.”

If you like to know more about Neomobile visit its company page on our site.

Brand new year, brand new morning routine

You might know the saying “Well begun is half done”. We could take it as a guide for our life and starting a new better way to wake up. Don’t you think?

Did you ever take a moment to think about your morning routine and how this has an impact during your daily life? We are sure that the alarm clock sounds to you as the worst thing ever. Well, you’re not the only one.

Even if everything said before is true, we believe that there is a new way to reconsider your routine in the morning. A new beginning that can really help you to get your life and your career better.

What is your first act when the alarm rings (except the bad words)? Maybe you check some emails, scroll the newsfeed from your social networks, then you wake up for a big cup of coffee. What if you’re going to start with a “thank you”? Be thankful either to someone or something could seem stupid, but it helps you to see your stuff in a positive way. So just write it down and make it real.

Moreover, as the Latins used to say “Mens sana in corpore sana”, before breakfast take few time to exercise. Yes, you read right: running, or walking in the morning is one of the best habits you should have. Being in a good shape helps you to be strength facing all the issues during your daily work.

During your breakfast, take few more minutes to write some ideas on a paper without thinking: just let it flow! You can write about everything: a story, tips to improve your work, ideas. You won’t believe how productive can be your mind as soon as you wake up!

Just try some of these tips and tell us if they are helpful for your career. Ready to start tomorrow?

The books for Recruiters

Some days ago we talked about some advice for people who want to enhance their talent. Today we want to give some reading tips to recruiters.

There are a lot of books that face this topic. Here some titles you can read during the holidays.

Moneyball – The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
by Michael Lewis
This book talks about sport recruiting. But, as you know, often sport became an example for real life. This is also truth regarding recruiting. Moreover this book is also a fun and easy read.

100 Ways to Motivate Others
by Steve Chandler
Being a recruiter also means to motivate your employees to be focused and motivated about the company. This book has the goal to show managers the best ways to maximize the efficecy of their team. The aim here is that managers must can get a lot from their employees by just having the right approach.

The Brave New World of eHR: Human Resources in the Digital Age
by Hal Gueutal, Dianna L. Stone, Eduwardo Salas
We close our post with a reading that talk about technology and hiring. This essay wants to clarify all the recruiters about their fears in social and online recruitement. There are a lot of new opportunities with technology, even for human resources and this book represents a great introduction to the newest and best practices available.

If you want to know more about eRecruitement follow meritocracy.is with all the opportunities thought for recruiters.

We wish you a great 2016!

Enhance your talent with a book

What is the best workout to improve yourself and your talent during Holidays? A book, of course.
Here you can find some tips from Meritocracy regarding some titles that can help you to nurture your talent. Are you ready?

The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution
by Walter Isaacson.
Maybe you would remember Isaacson as the author of Steve Jobs’ biography. Published in 2014, this nonfiction book inquires the history of digital revolution by the stories of the pioneers that innovated our lives. The hidden concept is that many of these innovators succeeded with the help of a teamwork. Some of the protagonists of the book are: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Alan Turing, Bill Gates and Larry Page.

Your Creative Brain: Seven Steps to Maximize Imagination, Productivity, and Innovation in Your Life
by Shelley Carson, PhD.
We always say our brain is more creative than we think. This book shows how to expand the human brain to try creative ways to solve problems. Thanks to neuroscience research model, the book presents several techniques that would help to improve your own creativity.

Me, Myself, and Us: The Science of Personality and the Art of Well-Being
by Brian R Little.
Maybe the most impegnative lecture among the three titles, the book explores the variety of human personality. Because the fact is: we are not the same, and this is our strenght.

Do you have other title you want to advice for your creativity development?

HOW TO WRITE A COVER LETTER

Writing a Cover Letter seems to be a pretty annoying job for people who don’t understand its purpose. This is true not only for job seekers but also for many companies that keep doing the same mistake. They see cover letters as proofs of a candidate personality. Someone who is rational and real, who has invested enough time and effort in making a good application.

If an experienced and smart recruiter may get many insights on your attitude and learn about your skills by reading your Resume, even the best recruiter in the world can’t get into your mind and understand how you see yourself in your future as a professional.

Think of a cover letter as your only chance to talk about your future, your aspiration and how you can create profound value for the company you are applying to and, at the same time, reaching your goals in life.
This is a very important moment for the job seeker: try to convince recruiters while focusing on the real motivation behind it.

Strong motivation is the only key to stand out from the crowd and demonstrate irreplaceable value to the eye of the recruiter. And this is your only chance to communicate it.
We know that it’s tough to focus on the real motivation. In the event that you can do it, you have already taken our advice to DO NOT submit more than 10 applications during your job hunt.

Here are a few tips on how to write a successful Cover Letter:

  • Study. Be aware of the Company you are asking to join. Be confident with their vision, explore their mission and values, deepen your knowledge about the sector and competitors. If you really believe and agree with the Company’s vision, recruiters will read it through the lines of your Cover Letter.
  • Speak (corollary to Point 1). Try to meet or call somebody who is already working for the Company. This is very often the only way (apart from Glassdoor and, obviously, Meritocracy) to understand what life would be like to work there. A poor Employer Branding leads to poor communication on their website. However, this doesn’t mean that a specific company isn’t a cool place to work for. Simply go ahead and try to meet one of the employees and ask him insights about the company.
  • Focus. Open your heart and tell the Company why you really want to join them and how you think you may be a valuable contribution to their team. They have to perceive that you’ll achieve your life goals only by working with them. We hope this is true here at Meritocracy.
  • Recycle. Don’t recycle (completely) a Cover Letter. We hope you’re not changing your mind , application by application, about the type of professional you wish to become. Therefore, yes, you may “recycle” part of a Cover Letter, but do it only for the 60%. The 40% MUST be new content.
  • CV. Your Cover Letter is not a CV. Don’t waste your time repeating too much about your past experiences.Your CV is enough. In the Cover Letter you have to share your vision on your future.
  • Storytell. We all read hundreds of Cover Letters. A GREAT Cover Letter helps you when recruiter is undecided on whether to call you for an interview or not. Therefore it has to be personal, it has to tell a story. Your contribute to a Company is unique, therefore your Cover Letter shall be unique. Otherwise it is just another letter among the hundreds of Cover Letters a recruiter reads every week.
  • Be concise. 2/3 of a page is enough to convince your loved one about your feelings. It will be enough to impress a recruiter.
  • Check. Grammar is important. Fundamental. A Grammar mistake makes all your effort to complete the application useless.
  • Feedback. Ask for feedback, and ALWAYS include “I’m looking forward to discuss my application with you”. You are asking to join a team, your contribute is unique, they have to have the perception you’d like to discuss with them about the opportunity of working together.
  • Give up. Don’t. Simply do not give up in case you prepared your application for a couple of hours and this didn’t lead to any results. It doesn’t mean you are a bad professional, it doesn’t mean you are a bad person. There are thousands of reasons why a company may not be hiring you, reasons that may not be even related to your profile. Keep on working for your next 9 applications.
Smart jobs on your smartphone

Smart jobs on your smartphone

Are you looking for a job? If so, what is your primary source?
You’ll probably use your smartphone. Let’s face it – you’re not alone.
According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of 18-29 year old job seekers have used their smartphone to job hunt.

The research has surprisingly demonstrated that this trend is not related with the education of job seekers and that it is widely used by the smartphone generation.
Most of us spend a ton of time on our mobile devices. It was just a matter of time before we end up using it to find the next great opportunity.

This is a real challenge for companies that want to appear as smart and attractive to the eyes of future employees. It becomes crucial for them to have a company page that is mobile responsive.
Researches reveal, in fact, that almost half of job seekers have difficulties in watching content that is not optmized for mobile phones.
This is not enough. Companies must also keep the social media elements in mind if they are looking to attract Millennials. Social networks are one of the most important souces for job seekers.

Companies need to invest in generating attractive content that is both mobile responsive and social media engaging for job hunters.

Meritocracy.is is the perfect solution to offer both candidates and companies the best place to find the right match.
It’s a new platform that is optimized for mobile phones, so looking for a job has never been easier.
At Meritocracy we create company pages that are really attractive to a candidate’s eye. Every day we ask companies to describe the profiles of the people they need, the people they’d be prepared to invest in, all with a simple and clear view.

What is your opinion? How many times did you seek and apply for a job from your smartphone?

Robots and Job Opportunities

The first of the Three Laws of Robotics by Isaac Asimov says: “A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm”.

Working robots are everywhere, but this is just the beginning: robots are going to be part of our life. As Carlo Alberto Avizzano (director of robotic perception laboratory at Scuola superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa) claims: “Robotics will be integrated into nearly every aspect of most people’s daily lives by the 2030. However, we need to invest in the Artifical Intellicence to take into the next level”.

At this stage robots are a step behind human brain. Scientists estimate that robot intelligence should be 100.000 time faster to match human smarts. Moreover, computers run on an algorithm that faces a real challenge: to generate a human creativity.

Would the rise of robots with AI lead to increases in unemployment in the future?
If the current predictions are correct, then in the next 20 years the 47% of jobs will be automized.
However, experts estimate that robots won’t cause unemployment, but rather reemployment into other fields that can’t be automated. One of these fields is Computer Science. If we think at what happened during the “electric light industrial revolution”, in which machines initially changed the manifacture method, but workers found increased opportunities for employment.

It’s happening now in the Silicon Valley, where the hot new job is being a robot’s assistant. Ventures like Facebook are in fact looking for a machine helper for its latest product “M”: a personal assistant built into Messenger, that can book flights, restaurants and make recommendations, etc.
Interviewed by The New Scientist, Facebook spokesman Ari Entin claimed “they invented a new job role. Once we learn something, there is something else more complex, it’s like a threshold that is expanding. The more we learn, the more there is to learn. It is never-ending learning”.

What do you think? Would you feel threatened by robots in pursuing your career?

HOW TO: 5 Useful Tips to be Prepared for a Job interview!

Gathering information before an interview might be a stressful process and you might tend to leave some information behind and give some others for granted.

Here you can find a lost of useful tips that usually are taken for granted but have to be planned ahead!

  1. The more you know about the company, the best you will perform! Well, this is actually straightforward. If you have managed to collect a useful amount of information about the company you will manage to answer any kind of question more easily. Even if the question do not addresses a direct information you have, a solid and wide breath of knowledge about the firm will come in hand when making hypothesis to answer the most difficult question.
  2. The more you know about the job position, the more you will manage to focus your answers! Giving a precise and straight-to-the-point answer is never an easy task, especially when you are under pressure. Having a deep understanding of the requirement presented in the job description gives you a focus point when answering all sort of question. Tip: try to tie every generic answer about your abilities and experiences to some keywords in the job description, this will help you focusing the answers and will help the recruiter to understand better how you can improve the company’s performance.
  3. The more you know about the recruiting process, the more ready you will feel! Try to search in some forums how the company you are applying for handles the screening process and find out what are the previous experiences of people who have gone through the same process. This will help you figure out what are the features of the work environment and it will also help you to prepare some answers to recurring questions.
  4. Try to know something about the recruiter! If you have some kind of information about who will be in charge of your job interview, try to find some common interests or a good first discussion subject. Be aware: do not fall into the “creepy candidate” trap! If you find out that he/she plays the guitar because the band’s page still meander in the air of MySpace, do not learn by heart the brand of its guitar, the pedals and so on!
  5. Check the firm headquarters! Always arrive on time to an Interview. Even better: arrive 10 to 15 minutes before the appointment! Check the address and, if you manage, find out how the workspaces are arranged and how they look like. You will be prepared to find at least the reception: you have no time to get lost in the fire stairwells!

Come scoprire le proprie passioni leggendo sotto l’ombrellone!

L’estate rappresenta un periodo di relax e calma, un momento per pensare a se stessi e riflettere sulle proprie passioni ed aspirazioni. Come recita l’iscrizione nel tempio di Delfi (Gnothi Seautòn) conoscere se stessi è la chiave per capire ed abbracciare il proprio talento e sfruttarlo al meglio. Non è facile però capire ciò che si vuole fare o ciò che si è bravi a fare. Per questo abbiamo deciso di leggere un po’ sotto l’ombrellone e di consigliarvi qualche lettura che potrebbe interessarvi.

La prima è Wild– Una storia selvaggia di avventura e rinascita, di Cheryl Strayed, da cui è tratto l’omonimo film del 2014 con Reese Witherspoon. Il libro è un memoir del suo viaggio di oltre 1800 km sul Pacific Crest Trail. Accompagnando l’autrice durante il suo viaggio si scoprono i motivi per cui ha intrapreso questa avventura, si inizia a conoscere l’autrice tramite i suoi pensieri accompagnati da flashback, le sue ambizioni e la voglia di ricominciare. Con un potere quasi catartico, questo libro raccoglie pensieri e paure di una giovane donna all’inizio della sua vita da adulta.

La seconda lettura che vi consigliamo è Carriere di Max Mizzau Perczel, dove l’autore raccoglie le testimonianze di 13 personaggi famosi che hanno realizzato le proprie passioni andando controcorrente. Così si scopre che la Littizzetto da giovane sognava di fare la maestra perché è un “Mestiere che paradossalmente offre la possibilità di interpretare ruoli e richiede doti di spettacolo. Per essere ascoltati e seguiti dagli alunni bisogna avere un po’ quest’arte di saper inventare e recitare storie coinvolgenti.” Grazie alle testimonianze di ciascuno dei 13, si scopre che il talento e la passione non coincidono sempre, il segreto è capire che potenziale si nasconde dentro ognuno di noi!

Riprendendo l’espediente del viaggio in termini fisici ma che fanno riflettere il lettore su cosa si aspetta dalla vita e quali sono le proprie passioni, il terzo consiglio è Viaggio in Portogallo di José Saramago. In questo libro, il protagonista, denominato Il Viaggiatore, inizia una avventura alla scoperta del suo Paese, il Portogallo, che porta il lettore ad immedesimarsi nel Viaggiatore e, seguendo il suo cammino, a conoscere meglio se stesso.

HOW TO RULE OUT THE COMPETITION WHEN APPLYING FOR A JOB POSITION: RESILIENCE

Personal resilience is the ability to recover from setbacks, to embrace and foster change and cope with stressful situation and hardship in order to act upon it.

Every kind of firm, from the startup to the multinational and well-established, periodically faces stressful periods and unexpected performance downturn. It is natural and most of the time a welcomed situation, since from these setbacks it increases the likelihood of positive change.

Resilient individuals view difficult moments from an optimistic perspective and hurdles inspire them, because, most of the times, in this situation they tend to come up with innovative solution. Everybody fail sometime, but resilient individuals, after a normal initial and brief demoralization, try to understand their failure, the causes and drivers, in order to be ready to solve them and learn from them.

This personal trait is very important for every kind of firms: forming a resilient team ensure the company that no matter what may happen at every moment there are people ready to react, to fix the situation.

During an interview, you can take inspiration, to tell about your personal resilience, from many different situation. Form an underperformance during an exam to a reproof from your team leader in your previous workplace. The problem when describing this kind of situation is to manage not to let the recruiter focus on the “bad situation”. You should focus the attention not much on the inconvenient itself but how you managed to analyze the failure and turn the situation around, managing to solve the situation.

Do not be afraid of showing some weakness. Everybody fails at some point, the important is to be back on your feet!