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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Abhishek Sharma, Performance Marketing Associate

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Abhishek Sharma, our Performance Marketing Associate from Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Abhishek’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

Life at Shortlist is pretty amazing! I was the first employee to be onboarded 100% remotely in Shortlist’s history. I work as a Performance Marketer with the marketing team.

My work includes strategizing, running and optimizing paid online campaigns along with SEO to make sure that a lot of people hear about the amazing stuff that we do.

Coming from a Growth Hacking background, you can also find me excitedly proposing new marketing experiments or running one.

What I love about working at Shortlist the most is how everyone isn’t working in silos, and you’re free to take up any task outside of your area of expertise to grow. The growth opportunities at Shortlist are limitless.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Just like the seasons of a year, my career choices kept changing- until I was 20!
When I was 10, I wanted to become an astronaut 👨‍🚀. But then maths happened. I hated math, and you had to be great at it to become an astronaut.

So I set out to consider becoming a historian, scientist, psychologist until I finally found my calling as a marketer.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

I have been in marketing for more than two years now. I graduated in 2018 with an Engineering degree in Electronics but got my first job as a Marketer.

In my previous role, I was doing marketing alone based on whatever I have learnt via YouTube videos and books.

While searching for a new job I was looking for a place, where I would have exposure to working in marketing teams and have guidance from a senior figure (in marketing) to give my working style a process and a structure.

I was looking for a place where I would continuously be pushing my comfort zone, have creative freedom, and be surrounded by people who are driven.

Shortlist was just the company I was looking for.

How has your current role impacted you?

I have learned so much from my manager on handling people, creating systems and workflows, executing things rapidly and hacking productivity to perform 2x. This role has pushed me to be more data-driven, agile and process-oriented!

I absolutely love it!

What’s your professional superpower?

Generating (practical) ideas quickly! 💡

This helps a lot in creating new campaigns and finding unique angles to showcase our product’s particular feature.

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Collaborative. Fun. Supportive!

What is your favourite Shortlist value and why? Learn more about our values here!

Own it!

I love how one is given ownership of their ideas and suggestions at Shortlist.

It makes us (the employees) efficient and the mini CEOs of the particular task/campaign/idea.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

Shortlist is changing the way companies are hiring and how candidates are assessed (based on their skills and not just pedigree).

Coming from an Indian engineering college, I have always realized how flawed the college placements were. Companies just hire people based on their marks, grades and stream of education.

I wouldn’t have been a marketer if I hadn’t found my calling and taken things in my own hands to get a job in marketing. But others might not be as fortunate in this attempt.

I think Shortlist is trying to change that, so the mission resonates deeply with me.

What do you like to do outside of work?

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While I was trying to figure out my career choice, I was also figuring out what I love doing.
In this process, I have gathered a ton of hobbies which I don’t particularly excel at but enjoy doing it nonetheless.

I love to read books of various genres ranging from- historical fiction, sci-fi, psychological thrillers to business, self-help, psychology and science textbooks.

When I’m not reading, I try out new things. I play guitar, ukulele and have started learning how to play a cajon. I also love to go hiking and explore the culture of new places.

Every weekend I try learning at least one new thing like building no-code web apps run on google sheets, making no code websites on tools like Webflow and Wix.
If not this- you can find me having a lengthy discussion ( or debates) on online communities like Discord and Reddit.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

I am the kind of person who reads 3-4 books of different genres in parallel.

Here are some books that I am reading right now:

  1. An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield
  2. What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
  3. Actionable Gamification: Beyond Points, Badges, and Leaderboards by Yu-kai Chou and,
  4. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

Firstly, I’d give a big high five to my manager, Clement Tesconi, who has always been there to support and help me when I am clueless about how to take a certain experiment from 0 to 1.

Next, I’d like to high-five the entire marketing team- Mita and Brenda who help me out whenever I’m stuck with content (which is my Achilles heel) and are always there to bounce ideas off.

And the leadership team who strives to make work at Shortlist a pleasurable experience and encourage talent to grow.

Thank you, Abhishek! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Abhishek’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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The Fantastic Four of Shortlist

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At Shortlist, we are proud of our people and love how engaged and passionate they are, about everything they do.

Shortlist was founded 5 years ago after one year of the founders, CTO and a handful of employees working on the initial concept, they brought on four amazing engineers, who are still with us today.

In an industry where job-hopping is so frequent, with average employee tenures between 1-2 years, we are excited to celebrate 4-year work anniversaries of these four, amazing Shortlisters- Talasri, Tilak, Venkat and Niranjan. We are so proud of everything that they have done.

This is their story below. Before we dive into their stories below, here’s a word from our CTO Sudheer Bandaru on these Fantastic Four.

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From L-R: Sudheer Bandaru, Tilak Tirumalanagaram, Talasri Kotikalapudi, Niranjan Pujari and Venkat Vemuri

It is an extraordinary moment to celebrate the Fantastic Four, who have been the founding members of the tech team at Shortlist. It is relatively easy to attract talent after a brand is established, and culture is defined. But the challenge arises before any of those things are set. The only talent that can be attracted is the one that is highly visionary, genuinely passionate and has faith in the startup, and this talent is rare to come by.

The Fantastic Four are an exemplary example of such passionate people.

Venkat came to us as a manual QA engineer without any QA experience, but he had an evident passion towards work and attention to detail. As he already embodied the Shortlist values, we didn’t look at his past experience. We only considered his raw skills, his potential, and we hired him. Today, he is a DevOps engineer managing our complex multi-cloud infrastructure for microservices architecture.

Tilak worked in a couple of startups, who didn’t pay him or give him an experience letter. In true Shortlist style, we decided to look at capabilities over CV and asked him to submit a case exercise. He cleared the task with flying colours, and we welcomed him on board. He joined us as a smart Java engineer, contributed a lot to frontend code (Even though our frontend experts continued to mock his early day codes). He took ownership of the work and the team’s success. He is always keen for feedback, takes it seriously, works on it and improves. He is now a great leader running a feature squad and is admired by everyone at Shortlist.

I have known Niranjan since he was a fresher. Every time I assign him any work, he makes me proud. While he’s growing in his career by taking on all sorts of challenges, he has also been helping me shine in my role. Words don’t justify the incredible job Niranjan has been doing! He is the reason I am aggressive about tech innovation and confident that we can succeed at a higher adaption of new technological trends.

Talasri worked as a manual QA engineer in her previous company and ruffled the feathers with her manager as she couldn’t limit herself to the predefined role. She outsmarted her managers by continually adapting to the latest technologies. She was bold enough to share what happened, and I felt that’s exactly the kind of talent we need to nurture at Shortlist. Someone who is truly aggressive about taking on challenges and wants to become the best version of themselves. She continues to test our sophisticated suite of products with impeccable quality and sets high standards.

Attracting smart engineers feels like a big win after a long struggle, but the most challenging part is to retain them. If I had to summarise my learnings on how to retain smart engineers, they would fall into these three categories:

●Give them enough opportunities to exhibit their smartness – which includes getting into new terrains they have never explored.
●During the process, let them make mistakes and support them as and when needed to make it a safe space for innovation.
●Finally, enjoy and create a culture where they can hang out with their colleagues who would push their limits every single day while having fun!

You guys really are the “Fantastic FOUR of Shortlist”, wishing you many more years at Shortlist!

Talasri Kotikalapudi

Talasri’s journey:
“The journey hasn’t always been easy, but it has been fantastic and full of opportunities that I’ll forever be grateful for. Last four years have gone by in a blur, and I have been fortunate to have had such an all-around involvement in product and services.
I am thankful to work for an organisation that walks the talk and inculcates its core values in everyday work. This makes me believe in the importance of my work and encourages me to put forth my best performance.”

What she loves about Shortlist:
“The culture, team coordination & support, flexible work hours and a very approachable leadership team made me stay back. But above all this, the person who has been a pillar of strength and has supported me all this while is, our CTO Sudheer Bandaru.”

Venkat Vemuri

Venkat’s journey:
“This organisation shares my core values. Here I learned how to be patient, how to relax, and most importantly, I started believing that good things take time. I love the progressive, open, forward-thinking nature of people here.

This culture is something that I’m incredibly proud of, and I tell my friends about it all the time. A real breakthrough for me was getting to know Sudheer Bandaru, the CTO at Shortlist and how comfortable he is in his skin.”

What he loves about Shortlist:
“Four years ago, a friend recommended me to work here. I had just changed my profile and felt positive that the organisation had taken a chance on me since this would be my first time in a QA role. Everyone here was extremely welcoming and friendly.

Tilak Tirumalanagaram

Tilak’s journey:
“I started as a Support Engineer, and now I am leading a team of engineers. Here I have worked on the latest architecture and technologies and worked with my first big client (i.e. KPMG). This entire experience has been nothing short of spectacular. Of course, the Diwali celebrations and cross-office interactions are a bonus.”

What he loves about Shortlist:
“Personally, utilising growth opportunities and climbing the ladder is the best thing one could do for their career. Switching companies in a short period is not ideal. At Shortlist, I got the platform to grow professionally, the opportunity to interact with the business team and product team directly while building applications.

The team culture, the emphasis on being a whole person, all of it has been a motivating factor that helps me feel connected with the organisation. Our CTO Sudheer and our Sr. Lead engineer Niranjan, both have been a fantastic presence in my life, and they always push me out of my comfort zone to realise my true potential.”

Over four years, I have seen the organisation grow and change. There has been a real shift towards a team management approach, and we have started putting our core values at the forefront of what we do. I’ve been part of this entire creative process we’ve gone through to get to the heart of who we are as an organisation. It is something that’s constantly evolving and changing – as it should.”

Niranjan Pujari

Niranjan’s journey:
“The whole journey has been a highlight. I joined Shortlist as a software developer, and today when I look back at these four years, I see a lot of learning, changes and upgrades. From a routine of 7-8 hours of coding to the time when I got to design and architect the solutions, I feel I have come a long way.”

What he loves about Shortlist:
“There is a plethora of reasons why one would change their job, be it the quality of work or the office culture, the supervisor or the money. With Shortlist, these reasons never existed.

Right from the work satisfaction to amazing office culture to money that justifies your skills, everything was taken care of and of course who could leave out the amazing manager. No sensible person would think of moving away from such an organisation.”


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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Delice Mascarenhas, Talent Consultant

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Delice Mascarenhas, Talent Consultant from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Delice’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

My life at Shortlist began on April 1st, 2019! Yes, on April Fool’s Day. I remember my friends asking me if I was sure Shortlist would not ask me to go back home and say all this was a prank! 😜

I had come across the opening on LinkedIn by sheer chance and the only reason I initially completed the application was because I loved the interactive application process. I did not really know what I was applying for, but organizational psychology intrigues me and I knew the role would provide me with exposure to different organizations. As I went through the interview rounds, I saw that the interviews were engaging and the team reviewing my application was very proactive, responsive and supportive. I knew I wanted to be part of a team like that. I was thrilled to join as a Talent Analyst. But, like many people in their first job, I was unsure if I would be able to do it. All I knew was that I was going to work at a startup that had competent people, an interesting product, a job role that was client-facing and very focused on human interaction.

So, now, nearly two years later, I am still here and loving it. I got promoted recently to be a Talent Consultant because I did well in my first year for my clients and candidates. I enjoy the autonomy I have in my job, the interactions with candidates and clients, and the amazing learning curve I have. I feel this is the best place to kickstart one’s career. Every day is a new day because I interact with so many people and learn about their career journeys. I get to work on so many different roles and I now know what the world of work has to offer. I used to be a technologically challenged person 🙈, but here I am working in a tech startup and absolutely loving it.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was unsure about what I wanted to become, but one thing I knew for sure – I wanted to do something with people. I have always thrived on social interactions. For the longest time, I wanted to be a child psychologist.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

I completed my BA in psychology from Sophia College, Mumbai. I did not want to take an immediate plunge and do my Master’s, I wanted to work and get some real-world experience. Shortlist is the best and the perfect place I could ask for to start my career. As a Talent Consultant, I get to work with different sectors and industries and with experts. It has opened my eyes to what opportunities the world has to offer.

How has your current role impacted you?

My current role as a Talent Consultant has taught me how important it is to love your job. It has taught me the importance of waking up on a Monday morning with a smile on my face.
Shortlist has taught me to look beyond what is there on paper…on the CV and actually look at a person’s capabilities. I have learnt the importance of cultivating a strong network and the tricks of managing clients and expectations.

Tell us about a candidate that inspired you. 

Every candidate has a story to share about their career, the best part about my job is listening to these candidate stories. My favourite would be Anushree Kanchan who I hired for the HR Head role with Educate Girls. She came across as someone who was a strong culture fit and after I spoke to her, I knew she was the one. She was resuming after a small break from her work life, but I could see the passion she was coming with and this break that she took just seemed insignificant in comparison.
I also worked on building the senior team of different NGOs and have been part of helping a university in India by hiring for their leadership team. There are so many stories and so many journeys to learn from.

What’s your professional superpower?

I can make anyone comfortable: I am great with people, which puts my candidates and clients alike at ease.

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

I think my favourite Shortlist memory would be when I rang 7 bells (indicating 7 job closures) together and kickstarted 2020! It was truly a proud and happy moment for me! 😊

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Competent, enthusiastic and extremely hardworking people who are passionate about the work they do!

What is your favourite Shortlist value and why? Learn more about our values here!

My favourite value is hands down – ‘Be a whole person!’ Shortlist gives me the opportunity to be true to myself. The work-life balance I have here gives me the opportunity to pursue things that define me apart from work!

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What do you like to do outside of work?

I host events on weekends and volunteer with an NGO called ‘Make A Difference’! I have been doing this for a while – 3 years hosting and 7 years volunteering! Both of these truly make me happy and during the lockdown, I am trying to find ways to do them virtually! I also love travelling and trying out new cuisines.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

I am currently reading Shoe Dog by Phil Knight and watching Shark Tank!
I feel like I am building the entrepreneur in me.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

It is important because my motto in life is to #SpreadHappiness whether it is through hosting, volunteering or through my full-time job. With Shortlist, I spread that happiness by connecting people to their dream jobs and employers to the right employees to help grow their organizations!
There is nothing better than getting a text from a candidate I have placed, who says, “Thank you Delice, I absolutely love my job.”

How is Shortlist different from other companies?

Shortlist is different because we put people before profits. Shortlist is different because we know how to have fun while getting work done. It is also different because we find the adventure at work and pull each other up to do better!

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We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

My Project Manager and Operations Director- Shriya. She is a definition of a brilliant leader and she knows how to motivate her team and bring out the best in them!

All my Operations team colleagues – you guys have always been just a call away for anything (work or non-work related) and I am proud to call you all my friends!

The Leadership team at Shortlist – for identifying my strengths and pushing me to use them better, for helping me to find the adventure by doing all that I love doing!

Any final words:

Everyone should start their career working for a company like Shortlist where you get opportunities to learn, grow and celebrate wins (big or small). I owe it to Shortlist because it has given me a chance to explore the world of work by working here!

Thank you, Delice! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Delice’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Shivani Nair, Talent Consultant

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Shivani Nair, Talent Consultant from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Shivani’s Shortlist journey. 

Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

I joined Shortlist as a Talent Consultant less than a year ago. My life at Shortlist is filled with a lot of exciting and diverse projects. Exploring the unknown and learning something new every day is a must-have for my ideal job profile and my work as a Talent Consultant at Shortlist is exactly that.

I never know what the next consult will bring, whether I’ll be diving into researching taxation to find someone their perfect Finance Controller or Business analyst or exploring luxury goods website designs to looking for a Head of Marketing or my personal favorite, helping non-profits find the most passionate people to fulfill their program needs.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

When I was little I wanted to be a lawyer because I mistakenly thought that being an advocate meant you could talk as much as you wanted and everyone had to listen to you. 😛This was reinforced by my love of debating and in general articulating my view of the world in a persuasive manner.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

My educational background is in finance having done my Bachelors and Masters degrees in accountancy and business. However, I was always passionate about educational equity and reform and have been volunteering with non-profits in the education sector all my adult life.

I joined Teach For India as the recruitment lead for Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. After focusing on extensive stakeholder management, candidate management, and brand building for two years I was looking for an opportunity to explore and learn something new. That’s when Shortlist called and I couldn’t pass on an opportunity to explore talent acquisition in-depth in such diverse industries across the country and the globe.

How has your current role impacted you?

My current role has reignited my passion for learning and exploring diverse viewpoints as each role brings with it a different industry to research, a different skillset to explore and a different talent pool to understand.
Each client also introduces me to a different work culture and hiring process. Additionally, getting to speak with and understand the thought process of different industry leaders has opened my eyes to how different hiring and talent management processes work and how it’s something that I would actually want to understand a whole lot more.

Tell us about a candidate that inspired you. 

My first few roles were mostly with non-profits. Many of the candidates I spoke to were even at the cost of taking a significant pay cut looking to shift into a more impactful role as they wanted to use their skills to add value to the society. That coupled with their humility and the fact that many of my candidates looked for challenging work, not just comfortable positions has been a major and constant source of inspiration for me.

What’s your professional superpower?

Calling it a superpower feels like a stretch, but I think my love for connecting with people and genuine interest in figuring out each person’s story is a huge advantage in a job that is so reliant on building strong client and candidate relations.

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

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Midnight cycling adventure with team

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I love the feeling of being instrumental in changing someone’s life in some way or helping an organization fill a role that was vital to them. The midnight cycling adventure we went on as a team is one of my favorite memories in Mumbai.

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

Fun. Highly motivated. Diverse.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Anything that involves exposure to trees, ocean views, or sunsets, usually involving long walks. Reading novels. Exploring new and foreign cultures through food and cinema often obsessing over their language. Currently obsessed with learning Korean.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

Currently re-reading one of my favourite authors- Michael Crichton’s Sphere as I’m surrounded by books from my childhood being stuck at my parent’s place during the lockdown.

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

Employability is closely connected with educational reform, and both areas are close to my heart. The amount of wasted potential in our country is ridiculous and while a number of factors come into play, a flawed hiring and selection process contributes significantly to it.

The way Shortlist approaches hiring is a much-needed intervention for the recruitment space in India. Though it doesn’t always seem evident or even implementable with 100% of our clients I see Shortlist recruiters try to encourage a more skill-based, unbiased, and empathetic hiring practice on a daily basis. Hopefully one day we will be working much more directly on this vision.

How is Shortlist different from other companies?

I think what truly sets us apart is the combination of expertise and empathy with which we operate with our clients and candidates.

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

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Team Hustlers

High fives to :
• The hustlers – my team! I’m grateful every day for the opportunity to meet, work with, and learn from a team of such distinctly different but identically awesome people.
• A special shout out to our Leadership team for holding everything together when the world seems to be falling apart and retaining not only all of us but their sense of humor as well.
• Our amazing intern Ronak and our fabulous fellows Ahlam and Vaibhavi. Feels like we wouldn’t last a day without them.

Any final words:

As much as I miss our beautiful office, the ceaseless banter, and Friday drinks, I think right now is probably the gladdest I have been that I am a Shortlister. In times of adversity and isolation, this team and organization has shined through and how!

Thank you, Shivani! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Gunjan’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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Shortlister Spotlight: Meet Gunjan Talreja, Talent Consultant

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In this instalment of Shortlister Spotlights (a Q&A series to get to know some of our team members) meet Gunjan Talreja, Talent Consultant from our Mumbai office!

At Shortlist, we love building our team almost as much as we love building yours! 

We have some pretty amazing people across our three offices who have a real passion for what they do and for the Shortlist mission.

Read to know more about Gunjan’s Shortlist journey. 

So, Gunjan. Tell us about your life at Shortlist.

I work as a Talent Consultant with the Operations Team. I work on mid-executive level searches for clients across different industries such as FMCG, Education, Financial Services, etc.

At a given point of time, I usually run about 4-6 search-based roles for our clients. This is always an exciting process as I get to work with new clients across different industries and sometimes even different geographies.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

As a child, I always envisioned myself in the role of a nurse. 👩‍⚕‍ I loved helping people and caring for them. However, each year my “career choices” would keep changing and I would be comfortable with allowing that to happen. I have always been ‘multi-passionate’ and hence the changing nature.

What is your professional background, and what were you looking for in your next career step when you found Shortlist?

Shortlist is my first full-time role after university. After graduating in Psychology, I was not very sure about what I wanted to do next. I was passionate about the social impact space and wanted to explore it further. I had done quite a few internships and volunteering work with NGOs too. I went for my post graduation in Social Innovation Management, did a fellowship with Ashoka, met with a lot of social entrepreneurs, and learnt about their visions. After my fellowship, while I was figuring out ‘what next’ I met Mehndi Shivdasani who is a Team Lead at Shortlist and got to learn about her work and what Shortlist does.
Recruitment was not a field I had initially planned working in. But after learning more about Shortlist, I realised that I was always interested in “unlocking human potential” be it through my interest in psychology, yoga, or meditation. And looking at Shortlist’s mission “unlocking professional potential” made me realize this was nothing but a perfect alignment! I decided to take a leap of faith and joined Shortlist as a Talent analyst.

How has your current role impacted you?

My current role as a Talent Consultant has impacted me – personally and professionally. I speak with individuals from different sectors, each interaction gives me an opportunity to grow. In my role, I build relationships with founders and CEOs who are extremely driven and passionate about the work that they do. Understanding human nature has always been a core passion, and this role allows me to do that in a multitude of ways. It has been a great learning curve that never stops, grows with each new role, company, and industry. Personally, it leaves me fulfilled knowing that I get a chance to work with leaders who are creating massive impact out there.

Tell us about a candidate that inspired you. 

This is tricky as I can think of so many candidates. But if I had to think of one, it had to be a candidate who I was interviewing for a role in an education-based NGO. He was extremely passionate about working with children and empowering them to become leaders in their lives. This passion drove him every single day in his long career. Our call went on for about 40 minutes as we kept digging deeper into his work and understanding his personal as well as professional journey with each role that he held. That intricacy which included a mix between the two, made me understand how deeply connected our individual passions are to our careers.

What’s your professional superpower?

Keeping an open mind. I am always open to new ideas, thoughts and allow myself to think beyond what something actually looks like. This allows me to come up with creative questions and ideas to challenge existing notions. 💡

What’s your favourite Shortlist memory?

My favourite Shortlist memory is hands down the April 2019 retreat in Lonavala. It was so memorable interacting with members of our tech team, which is based in Hyderabad. We had lots of discussions on tech vs ops and all had a great time getting to know one another! 😎

What are three words or phrases you would use to describe Team Shortlist?

• Hustle + Heart ❤️
• #OneTeam
• Ambitious and driven both in their personal and professional lives

What do you like to do outside of work?

Outside of work I love listening to podcasts, reading, doing some yoga 🧘 or breathwork. I like to catch up with friends and family on weekends.
I also like participating in online workshops and interacting with new people.

What are you currently reading, watching, or listening to?

• Reading: ‘Think and Grow Rich’ by Napoleon Hill and ‘A New Earth’ by Eckhart Tolle
• Watching: Just finished ‘Sweet Magnolias’ on Netflix
• Listening to: ‘The Lime Tree’ by Trevor Hall

Why is the Shortlist mission important to you?

I resonate with the Shortlist mission on a very personal level. I truly believe that we all have infinite potential within ourselves and it just requires either us or someone else to see it. At Shortlist, we help candidates navigate the confusing spectrum of applying for a job and looking beyond their credentials. It is like being a best friend who can see beyond the surface level when interacting with you. This allows us to truly help companies find people who won’t just have the necessary skills but also bring in traits and characteristics that would allow them to excel in the company. It is a perfect synchronous match between a candidate and the company.
At Shortlist, we also help candidates understand themselves through introspection by using tools like Career Success and Deeper Signals on our platform. This is especially useful for individuals just starting their career.

How is Shortlist different from other companies?

At Shortlist, everyone is encouraged to bring their whole selves at work and express their thoughts openly. This brings in a diversity of thought, which allows us to constantly learn from each other. The leadership team is always known to bring in an element of fun during team meetings and this helps in encouraging a great team culture.
We value our candidates and clients alike, and you can always see us trying our best to provide most value that we can.
People are also encouraged to put on an “intrapreneurial hat” from time to time as the team brainstorms on ideas affecting the whole company.

We like to give (virtual) high fives to recognize our team members when they do something awesome. Now is your chance to make a public high five to a fellow Shortlister:

To be honest, a huge high-five to everyone single person at Shortlist. 🙌 We have seamlessly gotten through an unprecedented time during the pandemic and have fostered team spirit! #OneTeam

Any final words:

I would just say that my journey at Shortlist has been great so far, both personally as well as professionally.

Thank you, Gunjan! We’re so glad to hear your experiences on Team Shortlist.

Did reading about Gunjan’s experiences make you want to check out the rest of our squad? Check out the rest of our crew here.

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