Anna has a background in psychology, so she’s always trying to find out what engages, inspires, and motivates those around her. In the workplace, this means Anna is helping to bring back the human aspect to Human Resources and Talent Acquisition. Based in Amsterdam, she is helping scale-ups and startups design intelligent, creative, and diverse teams. Let’s get to know a bit more about Anna and her experience as an RPO recruiter!

WeAreKeen: Tell us a bit more about yourself? 

Anna: I am originally from Greece (I’m half Greek-half Albanian), and moved to The Netherlands to pursue my Master’s Degree in Work and Organizational Psychology from Maastricht University. You know, we spend almost 90,000 hours of our life at work, so I strongly advocate for work-life balance. For the past 4 years, I’ve been working mostly with different startups and scaleups, hiring predominantly for business roles (sales, marketing, HR, operations, finance - pretty much anything except IT.)

Outside of work, I love fantasy movies and television shows, and cooking and experimenting with different flavours from around the world. I also love music and dancing. Most people go for a run to get in their cardio, but I stay home and dance!


What does being an  RPO Recruiter mean to you?

It’s such a unique experience to be part of 2 companies at the same time. My entire career I’ve been an in-house recruiter and now, being an RPO recruiter allows me to not only work with some of the fastest-growing companies in the market but also be part of the KEEN community. The on-the-job learning is unlike anything I’ve experienced before.  

Learning is one aspect, but another aspect that being an RPO recruiter offers me would be the ability to make an impact. I love working in startup and scale-up environments. There’s something about working in a fast-paced environment that gives me so much energy and fulfilment. I get to work with companies that have different types of business models, stakeholders, positions, and I can wear many hats. I compare it to when I was a kid and solving puzzles. At work, I like to put all the pieces together!


Tell us about the company you're working at and your role there.

I’m really proud to say that for the past 6 months I have been working with our partner, Miro. Miro is the leading online collaborative whiteboard platform in the market and is in the top 1% of all SaaS companies. Miro has experienced immense growth in the past year, scaling the team from 300 to over 1000 employees globally, and is now present in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Amsterdam, London, Berlin, Munich, Tokyo, and Perm.

This growth relates quite nicely with the reason I joined the company. Recruitment is definitely one of those departments that basically enables the rest of the company to achieve their goals, and my function in the team is to scale Miro’s talent acquisition team in their Dutch and German office, which they opened during this stage of growth.

Long story short: I’m a recruiter for recruiters! Because of this, from a professional perspective, I feel like I really have to bring my A-game. 


What did your first month look like at Miro?

Onboarding, onboarding, onboarding! And Miro really knows how to do it. We find ourselves in a very interesting market because if you’ve started a new role in the past 1.5 years that means you’ve probably been onboarded remotely.

I was very impressed with how quickly and efficiently Miro onboarded me, as they truly managed to tailor the onboarding experience to fit in this world of remote work. My onboarding consisted of 1-on-1s with members of the team, shadowing, learning how to pitch as well as how to use all the exciting tools in Miro’s stack. In this environment, I really learned a lot.

My favourite onboarding memory is a brainstorming session with the team where I got to use a Miro board for recruitment for the first time. I recommend it!