Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding Specialist

Quick Questions

PC or console

PC. Although I have a console now. It’s cheaper, don’t judge.

Go-to karaoke song

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life from Monty Python’s Life of Brian. Will also be played at my funeral, by the way.

Favorite Hitman map and why

Dartmoor in HITMAN 3. It’s dark, gloomy, gothic looking, mysterious. Everything teenage Marina would fangirl over.

Meal that reminds you of childhood

It’s not special or the tastiest dish at all, but it’s Pârjoale cu piure. Some kind of meatballs with mashed potatoes. The meatballs are done in the special, Eastern-Romania, kind of way, where I am from. I have a vivid memory of eating that in kinder garden during lunch.

Your secret superpower

Empathy. I’m also hilarious but it doesn’t suit this article. 

Most and least favorite items on your desk

Most favorite are a bunch of sticky notes on my monitors with nice messages I collected from colleagues since I joined. Like ‘have a wonderful day’, ‘welcome back’, ‘thank you for today’. They always make me smile. 

Least favorite: a sign that says ‘My desk, my rules’. It’s unnecessarily hostile, but also fits my personality. I’m still torn over whether it represents me. I got it from a friend, so maybe there’s a message for me there. 

Something you wish you knew more about

A lot. I like knowing things without a reason, but rather for the sake of knowledge. Right now, it’s sculpture, the only art form I never really got into. I’m reading a book on ‘The language of sculpture’, and I’m starting to understand what the fuss is all about.

Recommend three books, games or movies

Three books: 
1. The Magic Mountain, by Thomas Mann. The conversations between the characters Naphta and Settembrini will change you. It is brutally real and philosophical and has that rich depth of reason I enjoy so much. Yum!
2.Crime and Punishment, by Dostoevsky. Realism at its best. And it’s written by a literary beast, probably the greatest writer of all times.
3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling. Not so much the movie, but the book has this special, brooding feel to it.

Deeper Questions

What do you do at IOI?

I am a Talent Acquisition and Employer Branding Specialist. I hire people and am a bridge between HR and Marketing. I lead initiatives to attract the best talent and to bring awareness of how great it is to be here at IOI. We’re hiring, by the way. 🙂

Can you tell us more about yourself?

I’m from Romania and have been in Denmark for almost 7 years now, when I came to do my Masters degree. Highly recommend, 5/5 stars. I like comedy. By like, I mean I’m a bit obsessed with it, not just being entertained by it, but also the mechanics behind the art form. I’m addicted to concerts and music. I like strategy, people, knowledge, harmony and aesthetics.

What's your daily source of inspiration?

The thought processes of the people around me.

Why are you passionate about what you do?

It’s a mix of people interaction, creativity and strategy. Oh, and game development and the people that come with it are passionate, creative and interesting, which is right up my alley. You can’t find that in any other industry.

What projects do you work on outside of work?

I’m a mentor for international, fresh graduates of higher education here in Copenhagen. It’s a program founded by the government and the Copenhagen municipality. I guide them in achieving the career they dream of, how to manage in the Danish job market, tips and tricks, personal advice, and just sometimes being there for them. I’ve been in their shoes, through thick and thin, and like to help in any way I can.

What's your most memorable IOI moment?

When HITMAN 3 was released, and we got the critic reviews in. The whole studio was in an online meeting, watching the live reviews pour in. The ratings were amazing, and we got some heartfelt, emotional speeches from people who helped make it. There were tears, pride and a sense of satisfaction felt by everyone, to see all that work paying off. It was a beautiful moment we all had.

What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?

Don’t burn your opportunities for temporary comfort. 

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