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Interview with a Recruiter, Trenton Wood, Perspecta
I am a talent acquisition specialist for Perspecta. I partner with our hiring managers to attract, identify and hire top talent in the Omaha, Nebraska area in support of our DoD customers and programs.
Perspecta is a government services provider in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care, and state and local markets. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work to execute the mission, and support the backbone that enables it.
As the lead recruiter for our Stratcom (U.S. Strategic Command) account in Omaha, I get to create a great candidate experience, and work with individuals to find and develop their careers.
We are always looking nationally for the right person. If you want to do work that matters, you’ll want to work for Perspecta. Every day, our team of some of the smartest most dedicated people in the industry come to work to solve our nation’s most complex challenges.
We have a shared relentless drive and commitment to mission success, and I think it’s because we come to work knowing that what we do has a greater impact. And we do all of this with our finger on the pulse of next-gen technology in an environment that celebrates bold thinkers and innovative ideas. Perspecta is different than it’s competitors and you can feel it from day one.
What’s Your Hiring Process Like
The hiring process depends on the contract, hiring manager and position. For all positions, the hiring process starts with a phone screening with one of our recruiters. The recruiters are well versed on the programs and customers that they support.
Once the manager reviews and selects qualified candidates, we work to set up a phone or in-person interview within 48 hours. The managers then decide on whether they would like to make an offer. The recruiter will reach out with a verbal offer and then send an offer letter in the form of an e-offer.
A background investigation is conducted after the candidate has accepted the offer, and employment is contingent upon successfully completing the investigation.
What Types of Cleared Positions Do You Fill
Perspecta hires all clearance levels across different job categories across the US and abroad.
In Omaha, the majority of our cleared positions are IT-related, but we do have other career field opportunities that come available. Positions may include system administration, systems and network engineering, network defense, cyber security engineering, information assurance and project management.
What Are the Toughest Cleared Positions to Fill
All security-cleared positions are tough to fill because of the highly specific requirements and qualifications that are required for certain roles. However, clearance aside, it’s really much more about finding the right candidate for the role and bringing in top talent that can continue to learn and grow long term with Perspecta.
We target all qualified applicants but being able to help transitioning military find a new career opportunity is an honor to get to do on a regular basis. We always try to work with military and the different transitioning timing issues they may have and try our best to have something ready to start when that transition date comes. Perspecta has a dedicated military and diversity recruiting team that focuses specifically on transitioning military and their spouses. In fact, nearly 20% of our workforce are veterans or reservists.
How Should Candidates Follow-Up
I always like job seekers to keep in touch throughout the process. I have no problem with job seekers following up with me on a day-to-day basis so that we can keep up-to-date on progress. I also like candidates to ask questions so that we can get everything answered as quickly as possible and make the offer process as smooth as possible.This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 04, 2019 5:42 pm