Earlier this fall, the Assurant Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) team held a Courageous Conversations panel series. Hear from some of our participants.
Being a millennial requires a different approach to growing your career than, say, our parents or grandparents had to take. Prior to working for Assurant, to make any upward movement in my position, I had to find another job. So, in the last 12 years of working in the marketing industry, I have had many interviews and have learned a lot from the different companies, hiring managers and interview formats. I have had them all: great interviews where I immediately felt like I hit the nail on the head and landed the job and others where I was left confused and honestly with a sour taste in my mouth about the company.
I am happy to report that my interview and onboarding process at Assurant was one of the smoothest I've experienced, and that is saying a lot as the final stages of my hiring and onboarding was done during the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when everyone started working virtually. Because of the timing, the entire process did take some time, but it meant that it never felt rushed, and it allowed me the opportunity to speak with four different members of my team and the recruiter that I was working with. All of my questions had been answered, and I felt that I had all the knowledge needed to make a sound decision to accept the position when it was offered to me.
One of my biggest concerns about applying for my current position was that I did not feel as if I was fully qualified for it. Then I remembered reading an article that women are likely to only apply for a position when they can check off every requirement on a job posting, while men will apply if they only hit roughly 60% of the requirements. I took a risk and applied for a position that would be challenging, but I knew I could take it on and that I could speak to my applicable experience when interviewing. And Assurant took the time to thoroughly understand my background and qualifications.
We all know interviewing for a new job can be exhausting, mentally draining and sometimes even defeating. Give yourself grace, and remember that you can grow and learn from any challenging interviews you experience!
Over the years, I have learned some tips and tricks that proved valuable in my interview process with Assurant:
Overall, before interviewing at Assurant, I wish I had known that the people and atmosphere would be so welcoming. Though being nervous is natural and a great catalyst to make sure you’re prepared for an interview, you’ll feel like part of the family from your first conversation!