Get to know some of the best and brightest at Revel Systems® in our recurring “People POS” question-and-answer series. Our previous spotlight featured Armoni Tigner, an associate software engineer who plays an integral role in shaping the future of Revel’s platform.
In this blog post, Revel’s Marketing Communications Manager Julie Standridge talked with Revel Talent Acquisition Specialist Kotryna Anilionyte. Kotryna helps identify and interview great candidates for the Revel team based in our operational center of excellence in Vilnius, Lithuania.
You won’t want to miss this post exploring Kotryna’s career experiences prior to joining Revel and how she leverages her natural curiosity to continuously help improve Revel's human resources (HR) team.
(Q): Kotryna, thanks for chatting with me today. Before we dive into the great work you do at Revel, can you tell our readers a bit more about yourself?
(A): In college I studied visual communications, and after I finished my degree I spent time trying to figure out what career I wanted to pursue. I wanted to challenge myself and move away from my safety net at home and experience different cultures. So, I decided to move abroad to pursue a new adventure. My plan was to move away for one year, but I ended up living in London for five years.
My first office job was as an administrative assistant and I was later recruited to an agency where I was in more of an HR role. In that role, I learned about onboarding, recruitment, and a variety of HR functions. It was a great introduction to a career in HR and, although I didn’t know it at the time, would be a very helpful experience when it comes to my current position at Revel.
From there, I entered a completely different field: logistics with a focus on aviation. After a great experience there as well, I decided it was time to come back to Lithuania in 2021. I started interviewing and had a few options at the end of my job search, one of them being Revel. I was excited to accept a role as a talent sourcer on Revel’s HR team, based out of our Vilnius office.
(Q): It sounds like you had a few options at the end of your last job search. Those are always difficult decisions to make! What was it about Revel that made you feel it was the right choice for your career?
(A): It was really a gut instinct. When you enter a new workplace, you need to feel really good about it and not doubt yourself, and that’s how I felt about Revel. Revel was also offering a hybrid work model—employees are asked to be in the office half of the week and can also work remotely.
For someone like me who had just returned from five years abroad, that was an attractive option because I didn’t want to work from home entirely. I wanted to be able to immerse myself in the company culture and team.
(Q): Since starting as a talent sourcer at Revel, you’ve already been promoted to a new role. Can you tell me more about your career trajectory at Revel to date?
(A): Despite the previous HR experience I had in London, starting as a talent sourcer was still a very new role to me. I was focused on headhunting for our software engineering team and I learned to use a variety of tools to help find the best local talent.
I started to gradually express to my manager that I would like to take on more projects, whether they had to do with employer branding, interviewing, or onboarding—if the projects were related to our HR goals, I wanted to try them. I think I’m just a naturally curious person and when there were opportunities for growth, I tried to always raise my hand.
After six months in my role, I transitioned to my current position as a talent acquisition specialist. Today, I work on reviewing applications, interviewing candidates, working with hiring managers, and a variety of other HR initiatives. I also focus on finding and selecting talent for our support team in addition to our software engineering team.
In 2023, I wanted to gain a better understanding of more HR functions, and I think that’s where I found my passion for working with onboarding, new hires, and improving internal systems and processes.
I think one thing that led me to different roles is that I am always eager to learn and go the extra mile. By taking on new challenges and tasks, I was able to expand my knowledge base and take on new projects.
(Q): Can you expand on what your day-to-day look like as a talent acquisition specialist at Revel?
(A): When recruiting for our support organization, we are always interviewing people, reviewing applications, and searching for the right candidates. When a new position opens, we first sit down with the hiring manager to discuss the process and what they’re looking for in terms of skill set and culture fit. We try to clearly define each of our responsibilities so they know what to expect. From there, we usually speak with the hiring managers every day because they are really involved in the process.
We are also always trying to brainstorm how we can improve and consolidate processes and how we want to represent Revel to external candidates. The employer branding component of what our team does is instrumental in getting the right applicants to find us.
(Q): You obviously speak with a lot of great candidates who probably have options when it comes to which company they will select in their job search. Now that you’ve worked here for some time, what do you think differentiates Revel in the competitive Lithuanian technology market?
(A): First off, I think it’s really important for people to understand that there is no perfect company. You might have some challenges at Revel that you won’t find elsewhere, but other companies will present challenges as well.
What I always share with people about Revel is that you have this sense of freedom to express yourself here and constantly learn things. You can really evolve your career because your ideas are actually accepted here. Throughout my own career journey, I’ve worked places where I was told “all ideas are welcome,” but I quickly realized that they were only accepted at a certain level.
I think it also comes down to management. When you start seeing your projects come to fruition, processes improving, and your ideas coming to life, it makes you feel appreciated and welcome. I think the fact that you can implement new ideas here really contributes to the great atmosphere at Revel.
Lastly, I also want to work at a place where you feel good, and your environment heavily contributes to that. The people at Revel are smart, well-spoken, have unique opinions and experiences. I feel like I can learn so much from them.
(Q): When you’re not recruiting the best and brightest candidates to work at Revel, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
(A): In case it’s not clear from this conversation, I love a challenge and learning new things! Last year I tried wakeboarding and went on my first 50km hike—which is harder than it sounds. I also love to dance because it allows me to express myself.
The older I get, the more I want to explore. I think it contributes to being a more well-rounded person and I look forward to my future explorations at Revel.