Recruiter Interview – Samantha Massa
Samantha Massa, Indiana University College Graduate, is
currently a Talent Acquisition Manager at fashion recruiting firm, JBCStyle. Samantha has been with the agency for four years and works closely with both candidates and industry leading clients. Though she has Long Island roots, Samantha is currently residing in Manhattan. She is a lover of pop culture, fashion, travelling and trying new restaurants!
Tell us a little about yourself.
SM: My name is Samantha and I have been at JBCStyle for a little over four years. I started as a junior recruiter straight out of college and have worked my way up to be a Talent Acquisition Manager. I work closely with both candidates and clients to ensure that they are getting a top notch experience. Outside of JBC, when I’m not watching a new episode of Real Housewives, you can find me somewhere around Manhattan looking to explore new stores and restaurants!
How did you get into recruiting?
SM: I actually graduated college with a degree in Communications and when it came time to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, nothing that I originally sought out to do felt right. I then learned about recruiting through a friend and immediately felt like my gift of gab and love for fashion would make fashion recruiting a perfect marriage!
Tell us about JBCStyle
SM: JBCStyle is a fashion recruiting firm that specializes in corporate and retail roles across the apparel, accessories, footwear, beauty and action sports industries. We aim to be a one stop shop for our clients giving them no reason to go anywhere else. Here at JBCStyle, we have a work hard, play hard mentality. Our culture comes before anything else. It is fair to assume that on any given day we will have the music blaring, lots of fun snacks, and of course several furry friends running around!
Why would a fashion industry job seeker want to work with JBCStyle?
SM: For more reasons than one! At JBCStyle, we ensure that you are not just a number. Every candidate has an in person meeting with their designated recruiter to learn what each candidate is looking for. We offer industry advice and become your advocate to our industry leading clients. Throughout the process, we always offer an ear to listen and make certain that your best interest is being taken care of.
Tell us about the hiring process at JBCStyle?
SM: In the past four years JBCStyle has grown tremendously and with that has come a lot of change in the hiring process. Our current process has grown to be relatively nontraditional, super casual, and most importantly fun! We strongly believe that when you are interviewing for a position you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. We recognize that it can be difficult to get the full grasp on a company and its culture when you are only meeting a select few people. That being said, our CEO, EVP, and HR Manager meet every potential candidate, and from there we have candidates come back and meet as many key players as possible. I think this really gives people a good perspective as to who we are and what we believe in. While the process can be extensive, we try to keep the interview super casual and transparent. I have to be honest – by the time the interviews are over candidates are almost always asking when they can start!
What types of fashion industry positions do you recruit for?
SM: When I started at JBC and was looking for my niche, I became heavily invested in our creative business. I recruited for all roles in the fashion creative process including but not limited to, design, technical design, production, product development, etc. However, as I have grown here, my client base has grown as well and now I get roles in that are all over the map. I can work on it all, but design will always be my roots!
What are some common misconceptions job seekers have about your job?
SM: I think the obvious misconception is that job seekers often assume that recruiters only care about making their commission. It is unfortunate that this may be the case elsewhere; however at JBC it is ingrained from your first day here that we are uniquely different. We really believe that honesty is the best policy and we try very hard not to fit a square peg in a round hole!
What are some of the most common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make when looking/applying/interviewing/etc… for a job?
SM: A common mistake when looking for a job is thinking either too narrowly or too broadly. While it is important to not set too many limitations, it is equally as important to make sure that you are not thinking too expansively.
What advice do you have for younger job seekers?
SM: Knowledge is power! If you don’t know something, research it. In my opinion, you should not ask questions that can easily be googled. Instead, you should google your questions beforehand and then reiterate the answers to your interviewer so they know you did your homework! Also, ALWAYS be authentic and always dress to impress! My personal motto is, When in doubt – wear black!
What are some common mistakes fashion industry job seekers make during the job search process?
SM: A mistake that I see too often is typos! I cannot tell you how many times I have had candidates lose out on opportunities due to careless mistakes. Additionally, the key to mastering your follow up is MODERATION! You want to reach out to your hiring manager (or your recruiter) in a professional manner just enough so that they remember you and recognize your interest level, yet you never want to come across desperate, or even worse, uninterested.