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Interview with Maiken Ege Nilsen, Country Manager Norway

Interview with Maiken Ege Nilsen, Country Manager Norway

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23 Nov 2022

Please tell me a bit about yourself

I live in Stavanger widely referred to as the Oil Capital of Norway. The Offshore Northern Seas convention is held here every other year. I’ve been lucky enough to travel a great deal, but I’ve always called Stavanger my home.

I hold a BA in International Business from BI Stavanger. The studies included a year spent at Leeds Metropolitan University. I started my career in recruitment, with daily tasks such as cold calling candidates and clients, arranging interviews and client meetings. I learnt so much as a young 23-year-old and it was a great basis to start from.

Having spent several years in recruitment, I was headhunted to the client side, where I became responsible for recruitment processes and procedures, as well as the selection of personnel suppliers. My experience has been invaluable in knowing what clients want and need.

I have enjoyed working in recruitment and client side, as it has allowed me to understand the market, internal policies and how projects are managed.

A key element of my career has always been working with people and understanding their needs. When people feel seen, trust is built.

What is your role and what do you do?

I’m the Country Manager for Norway, looking after existing clients and bringing in new ones. I’m the person on the ground, the local person they can meet with and talk to. Effectively I will develop Applica Norway in a trustworthy and professional way. Integrity and honesty are important values to me. As well as getting things done!

What do you believe sets Applica apart for clients?

Applica genuinely wants their clients and candidates to succeed, they are in it for the long run. They spend sufficient time understanding the client’s needs before presenting solutions.

Why did you choose to work with Applica

Applica has a great reputation and I know that working for them will allow me to build real relationships and offer a great service, which is important to me. Applica knows the industry and deliver quality service.

Another key point for me is that Applica celebrates everyone’s strengths. They encourage staff to be themselves and be comfortable within. True value creation can only rise from true authenticity. In my opinion, this is how a company gets motivated employees with everlasting energy and creativity.

What is the best part of your role

Meeting new people and helping them to achieve their goals.

Please tell me something not many people know about you

I love cold water exposure, it expands my window of tolerance, keeps me focused and stress free. We create our own reality. What we expect is what we project!

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