Hannah Dunscombe - Talent Acquisition


What excites you most about CIC?

I enjoy being around such a vibrant group of people. When I first started at CIC in 2016, I was supporting our co-working space in Kendall Square. For a while, I was giving sales tours to prospective clients and found it inspiring to learn about all their ideas and businesses. It's also a delight to notice how different all the businesses are in just a single hallway, and to consider how all of those organizations are having positive impacts on the world. It's nice to know that my colleagues and I are connected to that kind of change.

Also, the CIC staff members themselves are like no other staff I've ever encountered; everyone values a high level of care and attention, and I find my coworkers to be extremely excited to help and support the people around them. Not to mention, everyone brings something unusual to their role that only they can bring, and their perspective ends up influencing their approach to the work.

Tell us about a fulfilling or exciting special project that you worked on this year.

I helped spearhead a search to hire roughly a dozen Community Associates one summer. It was so rewarding to make the final hire!

Can you tell us about your team and how you work together?

The Talent Acquisition team is made up of about 10 team members spread across Cambridge/Boston, Providence, and Warsaw, Poland. Each person has a portfolio of searches that they are responsible for from start to finish, though we participate in interviews for each other's searches. We often spend as much time discussing an interview as we spent in the interview itself, in order to effectively strategize our next moves with hiring managers.

What's the hardest challenge you've had thus far in your job?

Remembering that it's okay to ask for help. I think a lot of CIC staff are so happy to help that it ends up going in the opposite direction: they don't want to bother their colleagues when they need help themselves. Luckily everyone at CIC is also really tuned into the morale of their colleagues, so help is offered before anyone asks for it. Not a bad cycle!

What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had?

After high school, I had a job cleaning and hanging wedding gowns at a company that preserves formal wear after it has been worn. After college, I spent a summer as a goat herder in Central France. I'm not sure which is weirder?

What is your favorite hobby/what do you like to do in your free time?

In my free time, I work on writing and illustrating a graphic novel, take commissions for custom painted portraits, and hang out with my pet guinea pigs. I also participate in CIC's weekly lunchtime run club.