Human, Never Too Human: 7/24 Interview With Kate Dementsevich, HR Generalist With a Special Heart

“The main thing is to be honest with yourself.”

Kate and I met almost two years ago at Viber. I was stunned by her openness and people-oriented mindset. Her attitude to work and to people resonated with me immediately and I became her big fan. There are people who do their job, there are those who do it well, but there are also people who, apart from doing their job very well, care for the people they work with. And that’s Kate.

Kate has been in Human Resource management for over 6 years, 3 of them in IT. She focuses on internal and external corporate training, staffing, assessment and competence management. Her energy makes her an inspiration. Her smile illuminates every soul she touches. Her faith is a great encouragement to everyone who comes her way. Kate is a 100% giver.

I wanted to know a bit more about a person who cares so much about other people and what makes her who she is. An interview with Kate opens a new format of a light-weight interviews. The words limit for questions (7 words max) and answers (24 words max) is here to help me learn something essential about the people I admire.

So, let’s talk.

You chose to work with people. Why?

“I wanted to share my knowledge and experience, to help others improve their work.”

When did you realize that?

“I worked in retail in 2011 and one day I realized I know what “key to success” means. It was such a long time ago. :)”

How did you start your career?

“I started my career in HR as a recruiter but soon figured staff training was more interesting. I began to develop in this direction.”

Working with people: more challenges or rewards?

“We are all so different. HR work is full of surprises, always be ready for challenges and rewards. Do not stick with false expectations.”

What is the biggest challenge so far?

“To work with the managers whose personnel management vision differs from yours. In the end, you can agree with them, or change the company.”

What is most rewarding?

“The biggest reward is the result of your work, great people surrounding you and the emotions they bring. I love my work!” 

What is a good HR made of?

“Emotional Intelligence is one of the most important skills for HR. It increases personnel management efficiency and helps interact with candidates and employees.” 

What can employees expect from an HR?

“Responsibilities of an HR are different, they are aligned with the company goals. These are mainly recruitment, adaptation, assessment, and more.”

What do you value most in people?

“Morality creates the character of “homo sapiens”, what makes a person human. I appreciate honesty, professionalism, perseverance. The main thing is to be yourself.”

How do you think people see you?

“Treat people the way you want them to treat you. I hope my actions speak about me as an open, honest and caring person.”

How do you see yourself?

“As a person who is in search of how to improve my work, what competencies I lack, what I am missing in general.”

If not HR, what would you be?

“In childhood I dreamed to become a policeman. I wonder if 30 is not too late to become a super hero?)”

What helps you refill your energy?

“The satisfaction I get from my work and well-being of my family and close people. They make me happy. Be happy and enjoy life!”

What book is on your bedside table?

” The previous one was This Is Going To Hurt by Adam Kay. Now it’s Herding Cats: A Primer For Programmers Who Lead Programmers.”

Anything that made you change your vision?

“I think nothing. I have principles I follow and they haven’t let me down yet. The main thing is to be honest with yourself.”

Some advice for newbies?

“Do only what you really want. Turn your dream into a goal and you will easily achieve it. You will succeed, good luck!”

What can make the world better?

“If each of us becomes a great professional and does a high quality job, I think the world will be a better place. ;)”

Stay tuned for more smiles and insights! 🙂

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