Hertz are proud to be the only true global car rental company, providing quality car rental service for over 90 years. Here we talk with Ajaz Qureshi, Talent Aquisition Specialist for the UK, about recruiting for the leading organisation.
Hi Ajaz. What makes Hertz Car Rental stand out from the crowd?
What makes our company stand out is how Hertz started as a 12 Car operation in Chicago in 1981, and has since grown into the world’s leading car rental company with over 11,555 locations in 145 countries. The secret of our success is no secret, really – it lies in providing rewarding career paths, fostering personal achievement and celebrating our collective success. Being # 1 takes talent, a clear vision of the road ahead, a driving passion for excellence, but most of all, great people. Across the UK we employ 1,400 people from over 30 different nationalities.
How did you get into recruitment?
After completing my degree in Multimedia Computing I realised it wasn’t a path I wanted to follow. Since I was a kid I’ve always had a passion for speaking, helping people and making a positive impact on people’s decisions. I felt a career in recruitment was the way forward.
What would you be doing if you weren’t in recruitment?
I’d be a professional boxer living in Las Vegas – a people’s champion, always signing autographs and spending quality time with family and friends.
What are your top tips for candidates looking to work?
First of all, make sure that you treat looking for a job as a job itself, and remain professional at all times. Stay positive, and explore as many avenues as you can whilst seeking anew position. Practise your interviewing skills with friends and family. Make sure you read adverts clearly before you apply, and only apply for positions you really want to be put forward for. Finally, show your potential employer how enthusiastic you are – and don’t forget that all-important smile!
What do you find the most rewarding about recruiting for Hertz?
The most rewarding part of my job is speaking with nice people and securing them an excellent opportunity with us. It is greatly rewarding to find someone who we know is going to be happy in their new position, and will make a positive impact to our organisation.
What are your predictions for the recruitment year ahead?
I think this year will see a lot more candidates applying directing to companies via social media and job boards. Recruitment agencies are somewhat a thing of the past and many companies now have internal recruitment teams who candidates can trust and reach out to directly.
Have you, personally, ever made an interview faux pas?
Now that would be telling!
If you could meet one famous person – dead or alive – who would it be and why?
I would love to meet Mohammed Ali – the greatest boxer who ever lived. Not only was he so good at the sport, he was also a great entertainer with a lot of charm and charisma outside of the ring. He had a lovely heart.