Meet Areeb Quadir: Our Talent Engagement Specialist
Our very own Talent Engagement Specialist at Oivan, Areeb Quadir, had some kind words to say about his hiring process and overall experience with the company. With four years of experience under his belt in recruitment, career coaching, HR activities, and serving as a university ambassador, Areeb’s skillset is well-rounded.
In addition to his professional pursuits, Areeb is also an avid cricket player who proudly represents the Finnish National Cricket Team. He’s also heavily involved with two non-profit associations at his university, demonstrating a strong commitment to community and philanthropy. We’re lucky to have him as part of our team at Oivan!
What inspired you to join Oivan?
It was about contributing to the growth of Oivan and globally scaling the team. That was the primary motivation since this was the first time I had experienced this on a large scale.
So, fast forwarding six months when it comes to hiring and recruitment, I shoulder a hefty load of responsibility to source, screen, interview, and support around 10-12 (tech) roles on average per quarter. From bolstering our employer branding to making sure candidates feel valued throughout the recruitment process, I take pride in making sure everything runs like a well-oiled machine.
Reliability is the name of the game, and I’m happy to say my colleagues can always count on me – and vice versa. At Oivan, we’re all in it together; having each other’s backs is the norm.
And speaking of togetherness, despite having over 230 team members spread across seven different offices, Oivan is a tight-knit community that fosters fellowship and camaraderie.
Read more about Oivan Nordic values.
How did you find out about Oivan?
In the balmy days of summer 2022, I found myself twiddling my thumbs at my old office as 80% of my team had deserted me for greener pastures. Meanwhile, my insatiable appetite for cricket and university studies thwarted my grand plans for the holiday. But lo and behold, a job listing on LinkedIn caught my eye, and it was for Talent Acquisition no less – a field I’d been itching to get back into after a 1.5-year stint in career coaching.
“I dropped a message to our hiring manager, Autumn Kelley – our People and Operations Director. And she was kind enough to invite me for an interview the next day. The rest, as they say, is history”.
Without further delay, I dropped a message to our hiring manager, Autumn Kelley – our People and Operations Director. And she was kind enough to invite me for an interview the next day. I ran through three more interviews with Jussi Virtanen (our CTO back then, now Head of Key Accounts), Tuija Nuutinen (ME People and Operations Director), and Paulina Wilen (HR Manager of our Finland office) in the space of a week, and it felt like we were a match made in heaven. I got an offer in record time, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. Cue a few days of emotional upheaval as I struggled to leave my old buddies behind.
But in the end, the allure of Oivan’s upbeat vibes and a fresh challenge proved too hard to resist. So here I am, dear reader, starting anew and eagerly embracing the future.
What do you like about Oivan?
One of the things I adore about working at Oivan is the diversity we embody, particularly in our close-knit relationships with clients – especially in the Middle East. It brings back fond memories of my childhood, where I was raised to embrace international perspectives and appreciate multiculturalism.