Crossbridge seen through the eyes of Simon: our splendid intern!
Stepping inside an office where I had been only once for my interview a half year ago and meeting the people that would be my new colleagues for the next 7 months… That certainly is exciting but I have to admit that it was also a little scary. But well it took those new colleagues about 2 minutes to make me feel comfortable. Everybody was open and available for all kinds of questions. Receiving me didn’t seem like a formal obligation, it felt really natural. What I’ve noticed in the couple of weeks that I have been working here, is that every student that comes here for an open coaching interview is treated in the same open, spontaneous way. Just like me, the students that come here quickly give the impression that they feel at ease. In my opinion this results from a core difference that distinguishes Crossbridge from selection agencies. Here people really care about young talent. It’s not an empty slogan, it is a value shared by all the people that work here. This means the focus is not on looking for a quick match to fill a vacancy. No, here they have an eye for the person behind his/her talent. What organizational culture would fit this student? What kind of job characteristics would fit this person ? And much more... Nobody becomes a number here. It’s not only positive for the young talents themselves, this is also a far more sustainable way for companies to attract employees.
The people here at Crossbridge have different backgrounds but they all combine warmth with competency. Both are necessary in a job like this. Observing my colleagues during work really motivates me to become like them. Gaining the candidates’ confidence by genuinely showing interest and being able to analyze candidates with great precision are skills I hope to learn from them.
Not only the interaction with candidates, but also internally there were some things that caught my attention. They actively invest in the relations between them. You can find an example of this if you read the article about serendipity on the website. Crossbridge and its people succeed in making the office feel like a small home away from home. Just like the young talents that walk in here, I think also everybody who works here feels quickly at ease. And with this, the circle of my first impressions is completed. Caring for your clients and colleagues goes hand in hand, because that is the prevailing culture here.