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Your Career – A hiring manager’s
perspective
Philip Reynolds, Feb 2015
Me!
 Graduate of DCU (BSc. Computer Applications)
 Ran a business 2001-2005
 Joined Workday in 2009
 2010 – Built & ma...
Workday
 A leading provider of enterprise cloud applications, Workday delivers
financial management, human capital manage...
Workday – Great place to work!
 “Top Technology Companies to Work for”, Great Rated - Great Place
to Work (#1 for large c...
“Career”
 Career is not equivalent to your job
– A job is what a company gives you
– Your career is yours. You own it, yo...
Hone your craft
 Skill in doing or making something
 Choosing a craft
 Understand the difference between tools and your...
Why does this fall?
Focus on what you can control
 Don’t play the victim
Alignment
 Always have context for what you’re doing
 Business Goal
– What does the business do for your customers
 Org...
Passion
 Find your passion
– Never too late to find it
 Reminds you why you’re doing
what you do
Other career considerations
 Your reputation
– Doing a great job will get you great jobs
– Your reputation often precedes...
Interviewing – The Basics
 On time
 Understand dress code
 Research the organisation
 Research the role
– Job spec oft...
Interview – Your preparation
 Expect behavioural questions
– Give me an example of when…
– Tell me about a time when…
 T...
Interviewing – What we look for
 Adaptability
 Problem solving
 Communication
 Initiative
 Leadership
 Teamwork
Closing…
Questions ?
Twitter
@philreynolds
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  1. 1. Your Career – A hiring manager’s perspective Philip Reynolds, Feb 2015
  2. 2. Me!  Graduate of DCU (BSc. Computer Applications)  Ran a business 2001-2005  Joined Workday in 2009  2010 – Built & managed EMEA Technical Operations  2013 – Moved to engineering – Focused on Engineering our Cloud Infrastructure
  3. 3. Workday  A leading provider of enterprise cloud applications, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest organizations.  Aneel Bushri, CEO  Dave Duffield, Chairman  Headquartered in Pleasanton, CA with offices across North America, EMEA and APAC  Approximately 3,500 employees globally  Workday acquired Cape Clear in 2008
  4. 4. Workday – Great place to work!  “Top Technology Companies to Work for”, Great Rated - Great Place to Work (#1 for large companies) [2014]  Top Workplace, Bay Area News Group (#1 for large companies) [2014]  Best Place to Work in the Bay Area, San Francisco Business Times (#2 for large company) [2014]
  5. 5. “Career”  Career is not equivalent to your job – A job is what a company gives you – Your career is yours. You own it, you define it, you direct it.  Career doesn’t start at 9 and end at 5 – Further education (classes, training) – Networking – “Personal Brand” – Hobbies / Sports / Charitable work – Honing your craft
  6. 6. Hone your craft  Skill in doing or making something  Choosing a craft  Understand the difference between tools and your craft – “I write Java” vs “I build software” – Tools change, craft is constant  Practice your craft – “10,000 hour rule” – Malcolm Gladwell
  7. 7. Why does this fall?
  8. 8. Focus on what you can control  Don’t play the victim
  9. 9. Alignment  Always have context for what you’re doing  Business Goal – What does the business do for your customers  Organizational alignment – How does your organisation help the business deliver that goal  Personal alignment – How do you help your organisation deliver
  10. 10. Passion  Find your passion – Never too late to find it  Reminds you why you’re doing what you do
  11. 11. Other career considerations  Your reputation – Doing a great job will get you great jobs – Your reputation often precedes you  Networking – Meet folks with common interests  Mentors – “hitching your wagon”
  12. 12. Interviewing – The Basics  On time  Understand dress code  Research the organisation  Research the role – Job spec often too vague  Know who you will be meeting  Know the format of the interview  Accuracy of CV  Answer question you’re asked – Be frank, open & honest
  13. 13. Interview – Your preparation  Expect behavioural questions – Give me an example of when… – Tell me about a time when…  Turn non-behavioural questions in to behavioural answers  Past examples used to predict future behaviours
  14. 14. Interviewing – What we look for  Adaptability  Problem solving  Communication  Initiative  Leadership  Teamwork
  15. 15. Closing…
  16. 16. Questions ? Twitter @philreynolds

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