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.
After visiting the Thailand office and meeting our team there, I have to say they’re a group of exceptional experts who genuinely embody the Oivan spirit. Their warmth and willingness to share knowledge are second to none; they’re passionate about what they do. The energy and positivity they exude are infectious, making it an absolute pleasure to work alongside them.
Being surrounded by like-minded individuals from all walks of life is a true joy, and it sets Oivan apart from the pack. We’re lucky to have a rich tapestry of people and ideas that make every day an adventure. And in an industry where diversity can be sorely lacking, it’s fresh air to see it flourishing here.
Why should others join Oivan?
There are many reasons to join Oivan, and I will highlight three main ones:
- A diverse and welcoming community: At Oivan, you’ll be surrounded by professionals from all corners of the globe, bringing a wealth of experiences and perspectives to the table. Our team is one of the most welcoming and open-minded groups you’ll ever meet – we’re sure you’ll feel right at home in no time!
- Exciting and challenging opportunities: Oivan is a fast-paced, dynamic environment that continuously pushes the boundaries of what’s possible. If you want to stretch your skills and take on new challenges, this is the place for you. We constantly grow and evolve, so there’s always room to learn and develop your expertise.
- A culture of camaraderie and support: When you join Oivan, you’re not just signing up for a job – you’re becoming part of a tight-knit community that’s dedicated to supporting one another. We’re big believers in teamwork and collaboration and are always there to back each other up when the going gets tough. Plus, our regular team-building activities and social events ensure that there’s always time for fun and laughter!