Our Meet the Hiring Manager series allows you to get to know the people who grow teams at VMware. You’ll learn about our hiring managers’ career paths and what they look for in candidates during the interview process. This week we’d like you to meet Parimala Gowda
Name: Parimala Gowda
- Job title: Head of APJ Talent Acquisition R&D
- Years at VMware: 8 months
- First job: My first “paying” job was working as a research assistant at Indian Institute of Science. I learnt a lot on market research and knowledge management which has helped pave a way for my career till date.
- Fun fact: All my free time (if anything is left after a busy schedule) is robbed by my 5 lovely dogs and cooking. I absolutely love cooking. I also indulge in shopping anything and everything, have moved to online shopping during this lockdown.
- Favourite social distancing activity: Yoga, walking, sleeping and Netflix!
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Parimala: I have gathered two decades of experience in Talent Acquisition and have had multiple chances to move to distinct roles in HR (Human Resource). However, I have always felt passionate about Talent Acquisition, as it is a very transparent, challenging, and black and white responsibility. It was not an easy journey like any other, but I never wanted to change or quit at any point in time. It keeps me on my toes, and I love what I get to do.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for in the past?
Parimala: In my short journey I have realized that I absolutely love the culture that is practiced in this company. The business leaders are very understanding and cooperative, thus creating a very friendly atmosphere. I was onboarded virtually and got to meet my immediate team only once. But the employees at VMware are so welcoming and are always willing to walk the extra mile to make things happen. It is truly a blessing to have this privilege when you lead a team.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Parimala: There is no shortcut for hard work and the competition is less when you are working hard. Taking the effort to make genuine connections at work and not just when you need them, goes a long way. Not every day is a good day but, each day will teach you how to handle different situations and when you look back at your problems, you’d be surprisingly proud of yourself. Do the right thing despite the hard consequences that you are put in.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Parimala: I take care of R&D hiring, and as a team, we are growing fast… I’d suggest if you are interested, please check out our VMware Careers page or reach out to our recruiters. VMware does not just provide you employment, it also allows a lot of flexibility to do things your way. We take diversity, equity, and inclusion very seriously and that truly brings in a lot of value to the table.
VMware Careers: If someone reading this was coming to interview with you tomorrow for a role in your org, what interview tips would you give them?
Parimala: Decide on why it is “VMware” for you and not any other job. This perspective changes the entire angle to your career. Study about our evolution and history. And do take a look at our culture and how people have stayed there for more than a decade. If you want to truly learn and contribute to your tech community then you are in the right place.
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