Socrate Loth from SendGrid Shares Insights

Socrate Loth from SendGrid Shares Insights

Thanks to Socrate for coming to the LearningFzue facility to address the students and share his insights from the point of view of a Senior Technical recruiter.  His message and perspective was timely with the students on the cusp of graduating and beginning to think about the prospect of entering the job market and positioning themselves to enter the world of web development!   Socrate shared a little about the success of SendGrid and also provided an interviewee checklist so that the students had a clear understanding of the do’s and don’ts of the interview process.

SendGrid is quite the success story as the founders exemplified the persistence and passion necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.  After a few attempts at different business models the founders conceived of SendGrid with its inception in 2009.  With the concept of e-mail as a service the company has seen astronomical growth over the last several years with 280 employees, significant month over month growth and is literally servicing billions of e-mails a month with companies such as Uber, Spotify and CBS sports.  SendGrid is truly a technology company with a substantial Dev/engineering team consisting of close to a hundred engineers residing in Orange County as well as the Denver area.   The company has established a culture that’s built on specific principles affectionately called the 4-H values which include; humble (i.e. the “no asshole rule”), honesty, hungry and happy.  It is a culture that has clearly been effective!

For those aspiring developers that would like to potentially work at a company like SendGrid, or any other tech company for that matter, Socrate shared a few valuable tips on what he affectionately referred to as the “interviewee checklist”.

  • Get Ready: review the job description, the LinkedIn profiles of each member of the interview team, and understand the business of the company.
  • Study: Know your resume in great detail, be prepared to share stories about your experience both functionally and behaviorally
  • Create Questions: Research/craft questions around the job culture and company (i.e. focus on the areas in the business that your skills/experience can solve for)
  • Be on Time: This is their first impression of you. Being on time shows respect and communicates an interest in the company.
  • Be Good: Everyone is interviewing you – from the front desk to the manager
  • Jot it Down: take notes along the way – you’ll thank yourself later and also shows an interest in what is being shared in the interview.
  • Wrap Up: Thank them for taking the time to meet with you and share how excited you are about what you learned from them.
  • Thank you notes: Not many people do this anymore, but those that do are special J

Socrate also took the time to answer questions and provide his perspective on the importance of behavioral interviewing and a well-built resume.  Clearly what is most important for LearningFuze graduates to include in their resume is completed, presentable projects, well organized GitHub account and a well-designed and informative portfolio.  If graduates follow this recipe for success than employment in a dream job will become a reality in a market that is certainly in high demand for great developers!

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