As a new community engagement initiative of ACELR8, we started a Getting to Know series where we interview some of the people from our ACELR8 community, both internal and external, that have been involved in our work and our overall growth as a company. The goal is to stay engaged with our network, which includes: candidates, ACELR8rs, as well as our clients.
Our first conversation with Diana was over a year ago when she wanted to make the move from Hootsuite in Bucharest to door2door in Berlin. From the first moment during the interview process, it was clear that Diana is a person you can rely on and that she knows what needs to be done and makes it happen. After working closely with her, we have learned she has a big passion for people-related topics while always being calm, positive, and focussed. It is a pleasure to interview Diana over a morning coffee in Mitte, Berlin while celebrating her 1-year anniversary.
1. How did your career start?
Started working in HR a bit clueless about what I wanted to do with my (professional) life. I got a great opportunity to grow in one of the biggest employers at that time in Romania — 45k employees oil and gas giant. I was still not sure I liked the role or enjoyed the politics of such a big organisation, so I moved to smaller companies but with bigger and more impactful roles.
Having experienced a diversity in industries, I found the fun in HR and working with people while bringing value for teams and organisations. I also always enjoyed working with different nations and learning about and from each of them. It was one of the reasons that made me decide to move to Berlin a year ago. It’s been a rollercoaster ride so far, but a delightful one. I am particularly happy and proud to have joined a company with a unique culture and amazing people.
2. What’s your typical morning routine?
To snooze or not to snooze — this is my first dilemma of the day. After successfully fighting through this, I turn on my speaker and put on some music to set the right mood. Then I check the weather forecast, and my day unfolds with the next dilemmas: from the outfit, caffeine, sports motivation, to transport choice. Then my office routine usually starts with a coffee. At door2door, we even have an internal coffee nerd group who ensure the quality of the beans and the foam are always at the highest level.
3. What’s the most exciting thing about your job?
My proper answer would be diversity — of all of the projects I work on, people I get to meet and work with, their individual stories, and what I get to learn every day.
My personal answer would be humour — or the reaction that my team and I have when things are out of our control, or we have to deal with the capricious sides of diversity.
4. What challenges do you face at your company?
Like most startups in Berlin, we struggle with finding talented people, and it’s even harder to get the right industry knowledge that we need at this point.
5. What book has had the biggest impact on your career?
The books I like usually influence my life as a whole and I really liked Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.
Everyone who knows me can easily label me as a “true” introvert who has somehow learned to play the social game, especially overcoming shyness. The book helped me realise how convenient it is to let ourselves biased by charisma and extroversion. I am pretty sure, that I was biased, and persuaded by the clear proof. It also gave me more space between the thoughts of who I am and whom I need to be. Still feel that “in a gentle way, you can shake the world.” — Mahatma Gandhi.
6. What’s on your work playlist?
I don’t have a work playlist, it would be more like a “mood” playlist that can vary from calm (classical, jazz, acoustic) to noisy (electronic, indie, rock, post-rock). If you hear me listening to Rammstein, then I’m probably struggling with a German document.
7. What would you suggest to someone seeking a new job?
Apply less but investigate more — about the company, role, what you like, how you would best fit the organisational puzzle.