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Human Touch — Lauren Ahrens

May 12th, 2023

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Welcome to the ‘Human Touch’ episode where Lauren Ahrens, Senior Director of Talent Acquisition at H1 is my special guest. You’ll want to hear how his team is working to create a top job candidate experience at H1.

We cover a number of important topics in this episode including: candidate feedback, hiring managers, and rejections.  Enjoy!

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Thank you for listening!

⁠⁠⁠Chuck Solomon ⁠⁠⁠

Host of The Candidate Experience Podcast

This episode was recorded in April 2023


Connect with Lauren Ahrens on LinkedIN ⁠https://www.linkedin.com/in/laurenvahrens/

Careers at H1 https://h1.co/company/careers/

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Chuck Solomon: Hi Lauren. How are you today? I'm good, Chuck. How are you? I'm doing well. Could you please let listeners know a little bit about yourself, your company, and, and your role?

Lauren Ahrens: Yeah, for sure. So I'm Lauren. I lead global recruiting for a company called H1. We're a Series C startup focused on global healthcare data.

Lauren Ahrens: We actually have a software platform that speeds decision making and insights for users in life sciences and pharmaceutical industries and so forth. And I've been in recruiting for the last 10 plus years, focused mostly on building data and technology enabled recruiting teams and building great candidate experiences.

Chuck Solomon: Awesome. What got you started in working in this talent space?

Lauren Ahrens: Yeah. Honestly, I really recognized it was, it's interesting, it was actually 2008 when mm-hmm. You know, the, the first sort of first real economic crisis I had right. Of my own personal career.  Right. And I was working for a financial services startup at the time.

Lauren Ahrens: And what I noticed is that there were a lot of very unseasoned managers who really struggled to sort of keep a lid on their stress and noticed how it influenced their team somewhat negatively. And I sort of became very kind of hyper aware of how hiring decisions impacted the culture of a company.

Lauren Ahrens: Sure. Super important to me. Not just the candidate experience, but also how it leads into the employee experience. And I wanted a hand in helping shape that.

Chuck Solomon: That's great. I asked that same question of all my guests and I, it is the same question, but I get really unique answers. I think not, not once have I had someone say, well, I was in high school and my guidance counselor said, you should be a recruiter.

Lauren Ahrens: A recruiter. I went to college and got a degree in recruiting. Said no recruiting leader ever.

Read full transcript at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oC8DtHfgynpoRl6w5PZZhl_MKgwfxz514hsq7a2p5qY/edit?usp=sharing

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