The Talent Day ( 23 September) of Indo German Startup Week 2021 was a day full of learnings, exchanges, and meaningful connections. Here are the key points from the day:

We opened Talent Day with a Keynote address by Daniel Wahlen, Director, Global Enterprise Marketing – Engagement, Indeed– a website that is equalizing the job global market

  • He pointed to how German Startups can leverage the potential of the huge pool of Indian job seekers in the sectors that German Startups are growing in.
  • He urged us to reimagine the way we are recruiting and to have empathy in every stage of the process.


We had a two-part conversation on the challenges and experiences in the job markets in India and Germany 

  • Anine Linder, Project Lead, Hand in Hand for International Talents, DIHK put out a call for skilled talent in Germany because of the crisis of talent in the country today especially in healthcare, IT, logistics, electronics, and the tourism industry.
  • Sukanya Pal Lead Tech Recruiter, Gorillas shared her own experience in studying, working, and starting her project Ask Suki in Germany. She reiterated the urgent need for talent in Germany, especially in software functions. She also pointed out how the main reason recruitment opportunities are missed is because of a gap in mindset.

Her top 5 tips to applicants were: 

  1. Always submit CV in PDF
  2. Take care of the length of the CV
  3. Mention the key skills in the JD you are applying for
  4. Don’t mention the achievements that may not have value internationally
  5. Have precise information 


Keynote Address: Unified in diversity, hiring a new culture

Stefan Latuski, CEO, of the biggest IT recruiter for the federal agencies in Germany–  IT-Systemhaus der Bundesagentur fur Arbeit presented a case study of a full fledged virtual ramp-up of an IT Hub in Pune India for Siemens Mobility, despite the challenges that COVID 19 placed. This experience effectively revolutionized the recruitment process with over 700 employees starting off a team in Pune. 

HR Startup Stories- from idea to product– How a journey to Bangalore inspired a database for Indian degrees and talents

  • Dr Jan Bergerhoff, MD, Candidate Select GmbHshared how his Startup makes recruitment fair by contextualizing academic achievement to predict job performance. He emphasized the role that GINSEP played in this project’s success. 

Juggling communication, processes and paperwork – How startups can make the journey easier for companies and candidates

Jana Kohler, the Co-Founder, shared how her company Meetra is connecting companies and candidates and how they make the process of job-seeking smoother for international talent seeking to build a career in Germany. She went over some of the most common challenges candidates and recruiters face in overseas hiring for Germany.

Building teams across borders: remote employment

Claudia Langer Global Mobility Expert & International Sales Manager at Localyze shared how they came up with an innovative tech platform which decentralizes the recruitment ecosystem and enables talent to seek work in Europe.