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 Rupernita Sahoo.
- Job title: Senior Manager, IT
- Years at VMware: 1 Year and 6 Months
- First job: My first job was at CA (Computer Associates) as a QA (Quality Assurance) engineer in Hyderabad. Later moved to Bengaluru to take up a senior engineer role at Akamai Technologies and get my first working experience with start-ups.
- Fun fact: I am a fan of OTT (over the top) platforms. They are a best friend for anyone who wants to relax and do nothing. Love binge-watching movies and series.
- Favorite social distancing activity: Staying in touch with my friends, and relatives virtually and catching up with them occasionally in person.
VMware Careers: Tell us about your career journey to date?
Rupernita: I started my career journey with CA (Computer Associates) in 2006 and later moved to Akamai Technologies where I learned about building marketplace applications to upsell Akamai’s products. In November 2020 I joined VMware’s Digital Experience Engineering (DEE) team under the CDTO (Chief Digital Transformation Office) as Senior Manager managing IT applications testing.
VMware Careers: How is VMware different from any other tech company you have worked for in the past?
Rupernita: Firstly VMware’s culture stands out in the crowd. There is transparency and clear communication from the leadership team. The people are very approachable, and you will feel like you are a part of this company from day one. Secondly, giving back to community initiatives. Employees are empowered to give back to the community in diverse ways. Thirdly, the wellness benefits support employees across four wellness pillars – physical, emotional, financial, and community.
VMware Careers: What has been the biggest lesson you have learned as you moved upwards in your career?
Rupernita: Here are a few things I learned throughout my career. 1. Always define your priorities in life and career. Having a balance between both is especially important to be successful. 2. Believe in the power of failure. It is the best way to learn. Just remember to learn from your mistakes, and not to repeat the same ones. 3. Remain humble. It is great to give credit more than you take credit, but when it is your turn to own it, do that. 4. Never stop learning because it gives you courage. The more knowledgeable you are, the more comfortable you feel.
VMware Careers: Your team is hiring. Can you tell us more about your organization’s charter?
Rupernita: Sure, the team is the IT DAQE (Digital Assurance and Quality Engineering) team under Digital Experience Engineering Team. We pride ourselves on delivering consistently across a large portfolio and setting industry best practices in terms of delivery, automation, and innovation. We promote an inclusive atmosphere where your voice will be heard, and where everyone is part of a dynamic team working in partnership with each other.
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?
Rupernita: We are looking for individuals who are self-motivated and with a passion for bringing change to the organization.
My advice would be:
- Understand the Job description and convince yourself that you can do justice to the role.
- Be yourself, be honest and ask the right questions to get clarification. Interviewing is a two-way street!
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