“Be curious and enthusiastic about your field”

Anastasia Shamgunova is HR director for the Asia-Pacific, Middle East, and Africa regions at Kaspersky. She has almost 20 years’ experience in human resources, and in this Women in IT podcast episode, Anastasia talks about her career path and gives some advice on how to prepare for a job interview.

Anastasia Shamgunova
HR Director, Eastern at

A nastasia worked in various regions and industries, including banking, automotive, and high tech, before joining Kaspersky and being captivated by the cybersecurity industry. She is also a certified coach with the International Coach Federation, and as a partner of the Advisory organization in Singapore, she mentors young people to help them find the right career path.

One of Anastasia’s favorite parts of the job is discussing with employees the challenges they encounter during their work and helping them to find solutions. Today, Anastasia and her colleagues are doing a lot to help employees during the pandemic time, as many feel anxious living in a constant state of uncertainty and need additional support. Anastasia sums up that her job, of course, is all about people and that it can be exciting but also challenging at times which makes it all the more rewarding.

“It’s extremely interesting, never boring, and never easy. And you always have to learn. It’s a continuous effort to understand why people think one way and not the other, what makes them approach this or that event from a particular perspective, and what can be there for us all to look into.”

How to search for a job properly
  • Anastasia has been involved in hiring people for many years, so she knows what it takes and how to secure a new job. Here are her three top tips for candidates:
  • \\ First and foremost, you need to understand what you want. It might sound basic and obvious, but we don’t always know exactly what we’re after when looking for a new job.
  • \\ Be curious and enthusiastic about a particular field. Make sure you know what value you can bring to a company and also understand what’s in the job for you.
  • \\ During an interview, an HR specialist tries to understand what it would be like to work together. Stay open and honest to have a fact-based discussion and uncover the full potential of the interview.

Anastasia tries not to create any judgment based on a CV alone because writing one is a skill and can be improved. It offers some basic level of candidate background and experience but not necessarily real insight into career aspirations. Of course, Anastasia can’t meet with everyone who applies for a role, so when she gets a CV, she looks out for the ultimate job requirements. But the interview stage plays a bigger part, where Anastasia can see what the candidate is looking for and what the company could gain from hiring this person.

How to get into human resources

Anastasia’s colleagues all have very different educational backgrounds. Some studied human resources (you can find a lot of courses at universities dedicated to that field), whereas some have a background in psychology. HR specialists can also have a background in business or any other sector — like Anastasia herself. Her specific education was not in human resources, but what drove her into the field was curiosity towards the job and towards people, who are always at the core of every business.

“You can actually make the world better and bring huge value not just to your career, but to the people around you.”

For those who are considering a career in HR, Anastasia recommends leaving all your doubts behind and just going for it. She believes that human resources is a fascinating field where one can be creative without limits.

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