Interview with Laura Geiger, Technical Recruiter
|Laura Geiger, founder of Meredith Consulting LLC, participated in a panel at the recent ACT-W Conference entitled “What Recruiters Look for in Prospective Candidates.” We wanted to pick her brain a little further to learn more about what it means to be a recruiter in the tech field, what impresses her most in a job candidate, and what advice she has for women interested in pursuing tech-related careers.|
ChickTech: What is your job title?
Laura: Owner, Chief Recruiting Officer, Recruiting Director
CT: Can you describe your job briefly?
Laura: Owner of a small boutique recruiting agency
CT: Have you always wanted to work in your field? What path did you take to get here?
Laura: I started my career in recruiting by accident, interviewing for an admin temp job and ending up being offered an internal recruiting position. From there, I learned about sales, recruiting, and business development with large Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 clients. Over the years, I honed in on my practice, leading me to starting my own company.
CT: What do you enjoy the most about your job?
Laura: Building a relationship with a client and with a candidate is always exciting; changing someone’s life for the better is the ultimate reward.
CT: What do you find the most difficult thing about hiring for technical positions is?
Laura: Here in the Bay area it’s gotta be competition. We are the hub of technology and the leader of open positions across the nation.
CT: What is the most important thing you look for during an interview? Or top three?
Laura: I look for someone who is passionate about their work, proud of how they arrived at their achievements, and who show initiative in the face of a challenge.
CT: What advice or tips would you give a high school or college girl to succeed in her studies or her career? (Support, mentors, community, etc.)
Laura: I’m a strong advocate of having a mentor, being part of a thriving community in the industry you want to be in, and giving back.
CT: According to you what are the qualities/strengths to be successful as a woman in a technology-based career?
Laura: You have to believe in yourself and stay true to who you are. Ask for help along the way, bring in support when you need to, and set expectations for yourself that are achievable in small bites.
CT: Do you have a woman in tech you admire? Who? Why?
Laura: Hands down, Sara Wood. She’s a firecracker product manager and a leader who brings passion and conviction to building good products that make a difference in the world.
CT: Do you have a diversity program in place at your company?
Laura: I talk a lot about diversity programs to my clients. I’ve also written about unconscious bias and how a commitment to programs to address unconscious bias make a difference. But right now, it’s just me at my company.
CT: ChickTech aims at increasing the number of girls interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) by giving them the opportunity to explore different fields of technology. Anything you want to add for our community?
Laura: I’m happy to keep talking, writing, attending and collaborating!