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!
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!
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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