What if you could get to know the hiring managers at VMware before you come onsite for an interview? Well now you can with our Meet the Hiring Manager series. From their own career journeys to the characteristics that they look for in candidates, we want you to hear from the people who help bring teams together at VMware – hiring managers.
This week we virtually met up with Vice President of VMware Cloud, EMEA, Louise Ostrom.
Louise who is based in Sweden has been with VMware since 2010. As well as leading the charter for VMware Cloud in EMEA, she is a huge advocate for diversity and inclusion (D&I). Louise has a number of Sales Specialist roles open across her organisation in EMEA. In her own words, she’s looking for “superheroes” read on to find out more!
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Louise Ostrom: To date, I have had eight happy years in VMware. I joined in 2010 as Regional Director for Nordics and Baltics. In 2013, I got the opportunity to take over the NSX business for EMEA which was pretty much in start-up mode at the time. This opportunity went very well and it led into the next one which was to lead the merger of EMEA’s NSX and SDDC business. In VMware, change is the only constant. I was leading the entire SDDC business for only 9 months when I moved roles to set up the VMware Cloud on AWS EMEA team. Change and innovation has been the theme since I’ve joined VMware. Prior to my time in VMware, I worked in leadership roles in both start-ups and large enterprises. My passion has always been to mentor and lead sales teams.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different than any other tech company that you have worked for?
Louise Ostrom: It’s a very exciting time to be at VMware, the constant innovation is inspiring and to be part of that journey is a privilege. The culture and social responsibility we promote is the best I have ever experienced in my career. There is a great focus on diversity, not just gender but diversity in all aspects. A diverse workplace is something I am very passionate about, I believe that many different perspectives on a team create better business results. VMware constantly demonstrates their commitment to D&I; inviting Malala Yousafzai as a key note to VMworld this year is a perfect example.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Louise Ostrom: Be true to your talent and skill set, don’t try to be someone that you are not. For instance, I am not super technical. I ensure that the people I have around me compliment my skill set. The more authentic you are, the more people will respect and listen to you.
VMware Careers: You’re currently hiring on your team in EMEA. Tell us about they type of people you are looking to hire.
Louise Ostrom: I am looking to add to my team of superheroes! Attitude is everything to me. I look for people who approach developing a new team like a start-up. I always hire attitude before skills as people can always learn or develop skills once they have the right and can-do attitude.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to an interview with you tomorrow what advice would you share with them?
Louise Ostrom: The three qualities I look for are attitude, energy and desire to succeed. I love to see passion come through at interview stage. You need to show your inner superhero to be part of this team – I want to see your super powers!
Interested in joining Louise’s organization? Check out the EMEA VMware Cloud on AWS open roles today!
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