The Pursuit of Possibilities: Chad, Technical Recruiter, Asks “Why Not” Qualtrics?
Chad is a Technical Recruiter based out of the Provo HQ. As a Technical Recruiter, Chad is responsible for recruiting for our TechOps, Information Security, and Data Platform teams, managing the full recruitment lifecycle and helping to build out our teams.
My why has always revolved around my fascination with improvement. The great thing about improvement is that it is infinite in nature and there is no official 'finish line' in the journey. As the years go by, and priorities in life change, so does what I push myself to improve. Whether it has been improving my lawn mowing abilities as a child to make my parents proud or spending countless hours practicing golf to play competitively in high school and college, improvement has always been the internal fire that motivates me to do what I do. By the same token, I also feel that an overarching theme to my "why" ironically involves the thought of “why not?” For me, living a life filled with “why not” often results in experiencing new things, finding new passions, and living a life filled with adventures and surprises.
In my role as a Technical Recruiter here at Qualtrics, I am able to share my journey of improvement with thousands of like-minded individuals driven to improve themselves, their teams, and the company as a whole. Similarly, I know that Qualtrics always aspires to improve its capabilities as an organization to better assist our customers across all domains. And lastly, as an example of how Qualtrics fits into my “why not”: why not take a chance and (successfully) pioneer a completely new tech market in Experience Management?
What was the turning point where you 'had to have the job'?
On the flight back home after my interview trip, I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to take the job. The overall interview experience, meeting the team, staying in Salt Lake City, and getting those last glimpses of mountain ranges as I flew back was enough for me to realize how much I wanted the chance of experiencing life out west. I also knew of the tremendous growth opportunities that could come personally and professionally. After receiving an offer and spending countless hours researching Qualtrics and analyzing my interview notes, I knew I had to have the job, accepted, and immediately began packing for the 1,400 mile relocation journey ahead.
What is your favorite part of your role?
My favorite part of my role has to be the conversations I have with candidates seeking employment opportunities with Qualtrics. It's very fun hearing each person's story of how they got to where they are, as well as what they're looking for moving forward in their next opportunity. Job changes are incredibly big events in life, and I enjoy consulting and assisting individuals going through that change to the best of my abilities.
Talk to us about moving to Utah - what was the decision to move to Utah like?
I relocated to Utah after spending my entire life based in Wisconsin. Born and raised in Green Bay, I attended college in Kenosha and spent the first three years of my career in Milwaukee. After a couple of interviews, I was surprised to find out I was being invited to be flown out to interview onsite in the Provo office. This was the first time I had ever seen the west, and the first time I saw legitimate mountains. I vividly remember my drive back from my interview and thinking, "How amazing would it be to live here!"
I was fortunate to have a friend that lived out west who visited me in Salt Lake City the day after my interview. We fished a local river and caught my first ever trout on a fly! I was 'hooked' on the idea of living in Utah and working for Qualtrics. To my luck, I was fortunate to receive an offer and ended up relocating 1,400 miles and starting all within a month of having the offer.
Any tips for someone who is considering a role at Qualtrics?
Be authentically and shamelessly 'you' when interviewing! Yes, nerves may impact even the best of interviewers but try not to let that completely change your personality while interviewing. Qualtrics has always encouraged employees to bring their whole selves to work (#BeYouAtQ). Also, it's beneficial to ensure that YOU are comfortable in your next possible working environment.
What surprised you most about working at Qualtrics?
The thing that surprises me most about working at Qualtrics is the collaborative nature of our culture. One of our core values is having a “one team” mentality which essentially means there's no such thing as “that's not my job.” Whether it's closing a candidate, improving a process, or tackling tough roadblocks, everything we do here is done as a team.
Another thing that surprises me to this day is how I still feel the excitement of being able to work at Qualtrics! Sure, everyone is excited about starting a new job but that butterfly-feeling typically fades; not at Qualtrics! Each day I walk into the office I feel excited about the day ahead. If that's something you also are looking for, reach out my way!
Qualtrics is growing, and if you're ready to find your "why" at a place like this, you can explore our open opportunities at any time by visiting our career page. Looking to discover more reasons "Why Qualtrics"? You can find the whole series here.
|Chad is an alumnus of Carthage College and started his career at Apex Systems. He enjoys cooking, fly-fishing, and flying drones!|
March 21, 2022