AMI Interview with Martina Škantárová

In this special remote edition of the AMI Interview, our Scrum Master Eliska Hercogova had a chance to talk with Talent Acquisition Partner Martina Skantarova about the benefits and opportunities that an Agile way of working provides to our HR department.

Video transcription

EH: Hello everyone and welcome to another AMI interview. Although we're still in a lockdown because of Coronavirus, so we're still in quarantine, we managed to put this
interview for you together, and I have the pleasure to welcome here our Talent Acquisition Partner, Martina Skantarova. Hi Marta, welcome.

MS: Hi, hello.

EH: Marta, my first question for you would be, becoming a fully Agile organization is a hot topic of debate these days. How do you feel about using Agile in your department?

MS: I have a background in IT. Also, I knew Agile mainly from software development, but after researching Agile HR, and discussing it with my team, we agreed it is not so much about using Agile, as becoming Agile. And I think our talent team has already adapted several Agile principles. We try to focus on our internal customers by supporting them, listening to their needs, and working together to find solutions. We actively ask for their opinions along the way, and this also works vice versa.
We're not afraid to give each other some feedback and each team member their own responsibilities. Morever, we understand that mistakes are inevitable. To be honest, I can't imagine working another way.

EH: Do you see major differences, between Agile and traditional approaches to HR?

MS: Well, yes, as traditional HR is often seen as the policymaker and enforcer. This can generate more unnecessary administrative burden for managers, and employees, without bringing expected value. But our goal is to be the very opposite. To act as a trusted, strategic partner, that is able to reflect organizational needs, and engage internal teams in activities ranging from recruitment, HR projects, to employer branding.
Therefore, I would say we are fully compliant with the three pillars of Agile HR. And I really like the speed at which we can act, actually.

EH: And how has Agile influenced your daily activities?

MS: I think it helped me prioritize better. I'm responsible for recruitment and participation in HR related marketing activities for our IT and technology team. This dedication to a specific team means I'm close to the operations, and I can adjust accordingly. What I appreciate the most at RWS Moravia is that everybody is really hardworking, and willing to help each other. And that is not just because of our Agile approach, but mainly it is our culture.

EH: My last question for you would be, how do you determine whether candidates are suitable to work in an Agile environment?

MS: Tricky question. Each position is different, so it depends primarily on the type of position. I focus on the questions, that can indicate the candidates adaptability, collaboration and communication skills. Our company and our clients evolve quickly. We need to reflect that, not only in the way we work, but also when we are hiring new employees.

EH: Perfect. Thank you so much for accepting and coming to this interview. And thank you guys so much for watching, and I will see you next time. Bye.

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