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Interview tips from a Tokyo Tech Recruiter

Arisa Onozato, a Technical Recruiter based in Tokyo, shares some advice and her experience recruiting Engineers for Indeed Japan.

Arisa Onozato, a Technical Recruiter based in Tokyo, talks about her experience recruiting Engineers for Indeed Japan. In this blog, she shares some advice and her experience recruiting Engineers for Indeed Japan.

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Q: What made you decide to join Indeed?

A couple of years ago, when Indeed was my client while I was working at a recruitment agency, I once participated in a Happy Hour event held by Indeed. The engineers I talked to said, “This company is really good. I feel rewarded at work, and I’m really happy!” I thought it was amazing to be with a company that everyone could say such positive things about.

After that event and just when I was thinking about changing jobs, I had the opportunity to talk to my friends who worked at Indeed. When I heard that they may have a position at Indeed, I decided to apply for the role. What impressed me was when my friend said, “I’m looking forward to going to work on Monday.” I thought that was wonderful.

Q: What do you find attractive about working at Indeed?

I think the most attractive thing about Indeed is the people. There is a great sense of ownership and talent at Indeed. The environment is diverse and it’s great that we can all work together while respecting each other’s differences. 

As I recruit engineers at Indeed, I feel the calibre of the engineers working at this company and the work they are doing in helping people get jobs is incredible.

However, this is not well known in Japan and I’d love to share more with you.

Q: What kind of person are you looking for in an engineer working at Indeed?

One important aspect at Indeed is the ability to work together as a team. Instead of working in silo, the emphasis is on sharing what you are doing, your knowledge, supporting your team and mentoring each other.

The recruitment is thorough, and we screen candidates not just from the technical aspect, but also in terms of the candidate’s character.

This is why I think the quality and work culture is maintained despite rapid growth of the company.

Q: Do you have any advice for engineers who are interested in joining Indeed?

If you want to have a diverse environment and acquire the skills and experience to work in a global organization, I think this is the place to be! What we are doing is not just localization support for Japan, but also working on products that are used worldwide. Therefore, engineers work with data at scale with diverse team members, all across the globe. 

The English language is essential. There are a lot of non-Japanese speaking people at Indeed’s Tech Office, and even in my current role, I communicate in English about 90% of the time. If you can speak in English, you’ll have an advantage in this and I truly encourage you to take on the challenge of being part of the team!

Being part of the team working on products in Japan and beyond is definitely an interesting experience for engineers. For job opportunities in Indeed Tokyo, check out available roles here.

 

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From the oil field to Indeed: How I Became A…Search Quality Strategist

Search Quality Strategist, Gregg Stephens, shares his unlikely career journey from searching for oil and gas in Texas to helping candidates search for jobs on Indeed.
Gregg playing guitar

Gregg showing off his guitar skills

Gregg Stephens is a Search Quality Strategist in Search Quality (known internally as SQUALL), the team that helps ensure the job search experience on Indeed is relevant and of high quality to both the candidate and employer. He’s an avid traveler and awards points hacker, using points to travel the world.

In this installment of “How I Became A…”, Gregg shares his unlikely career journey from searching for oil and gas fields to helping candidates search for jobs on Indeed and how he’s continuing to learn and develop his career.

Gregg’s background makes him a modern-day renaissance man, having worked as an EMT in high school, taught scuba diving while earning a double major in Journalism and Geological Sciences from Ohio University, only to use his degrees to play as a classically trained finger-style guitarist. 

He eventually worked his way back into oil and gas exploration before taking some time off to research geochemistry and earthquakes for the State of Texas and eventually joining Indeed in May 2018. So just how does a person with Gregg’s skillset end up at Indeed?

A career as a geologist on the rocks 

In the spring of 2018, Gregg was a geologist looking to leave the top geoscience research institute in the world, with his resume detailing exactly how technical and data-heavy his work experience was. 200 job applications later without one single interview, he was stuck. Confident that he could do the job, but unable to even compete for it. His own miscalculation?

Gregg in the Oil Fields

Working in the oil & gas fields of Texas

“I assumed recruiters saw geoscience data the same as tech data. A conceptual truth, but I missed the mark thinking that everyone saw the interchangeable skills that I saw,” Gregg said.

“I had all the confidence in the world that I could be a major contributor in tech, but it meant nothing without someone on the inside knowing what I knew how to do as well. There is no substitute for networking, and the best time to start is yesterday.”

He finally broke into tech when his now-wife made a post on Indeed’s internal social media page asking for advice on his behalf. 

Ironically, It was seen by a fellow geologist who was looking to return to geology. Shortly after they forged their relationship, he broke his interview drought and interviewed with his future boss, and the rest, as they say, is history. 

Picking up pebbles of information along your journey

Gregg and Ash at an Indeed Holiday Party

Gregg and his wife Ash (also an Indeedian!)

While his journey to Indeed may be unconventional, the skills he picked up along the way have helped him tremendously in his role here at Indeed. He’s a product strategist, specializing in personalized advertising, so he needs to know jobseekers better than they know themselves.

He helps ensure that the ads and emails we deliver are relevant, high quality, and bring you back to Indeed. 

This isn’t an easy task; on any given day, he looks at hundreds of thousands of data points in the past to a) figure out why individuals engaged the way they did, and then b) use that to predict what they’ll want to see tomorrow.  

How does a background in geological sciences and journalism help with anything to do with job seekers?

“I’m a staunch proponent of three-dimensional thinking. SQL and python skills are great for mapping data, but the mapping concepts make more sense when I’ve also reverse-engineered outcrops by tying X-ray fluorescence & spectral gamma-ray signatures into spatially-adjacent drilling logs,” Gregg shared. 

“Geology isn’t the roadside outcrop you’re looking at; it’s the physical, mathematical, and three-dimensional possibilities through time. It’s creating hypotheses from the probability of each outcome. It’s testing, learning, and adjusting to what works – exactly like my job here at Indeed.”

Be boulder and ask for help.

Gregg didn’t get to where he is now all on his own, and says that one of the best resources in professional development is a mentor. 

Gregg poses outside an Indeed office in Austin

Gregg poses outside an Indeed office in Austin

“My mentor is not just someone who I can learn from as they grow; by speaking up and stating what I wanted to accomplish, my mentor was able to help mold my work philosophy into a leadership philosophy,” he said. “That knowledge, support, and belief in my aspirations to grow and manage that business is why I’m currently earning my MBA through Boston University’s Questrom School of Business.”

That said, working with some of the brightest minds is also an invaluable resource.

“There’s no better way to perform at the top of your game than to work with people whose brain power constantly pushes you to your limits,” Gregg shared. “Between my team, the product managers we support, commercialization, and operational leadership, there are no off-days. I have to bring my A-game every day because the standard of performance is simply that high.”

Don’t take hard work for granite

Lastly, and he cannot stress this enough, being dedicated to your craft is an absolute must. 

“Being obsessive about my work is the passport that’s allowed me to move between industries. Prior to academia, my standard workweek was 96 hours on a drilling rig. This was great to capitalize on my ‘normal,’ which was how I became a published scientific author at the University of Texas in one year with no prior research experience,” he says.

“You don’t need to work 100 hours a week, but the opportunities that arose from always being the hardest worker in the office are how I get here today.”

Gregg working by the pool

Work hard, play hard.

The most rewarding aspect of his job is the jobseeker feedback and knowing someone has found employment via Indeed.com. 

I don’t say that lightly; we must have jobseekers critique our work. Alternatively, there’s no better motivation to get better than ‘Gregg, you missed the mark’. When the bar is set so high, there’s no better way to improve than to check your work against the real thing. Feedback gives us the ability to invest in our successes and fix our shortcomings.”

Read more Indeedian stories on our #insideindeed culture blog.

 

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Problem Solving at Indeed: How this Software Engineer helps people get jobs

Taikai Takeda is a Lead Software Engineer at Indeed Tokyo. He joined Indeed as a new graduate and originally planned on studying abroad but got a job offer at Indeed Tokyo... He has stayed on ever since!

Taikai giving a presentationTaikai Takeda is a Lead Software Engineer in the Explainer team at Indeed Tokyo. He joined Indeed as a new graduate and originally planned on studying abroad but got a job offer at Indeed Tokyo… He has stayed on ever since! Here, he shares his experience and what he loves about working at Indeed Tokyo.

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I currently lead a team called the Explainer team – previously known as a part of the Search Quality team. Our team analyzes data and information which comes through, and we break down the ‘whys’ and the ‘hows’ of matching a jobseeker to a job. This helps us better achieve our mission of helping people get jobs. 

We make tons of jobseeker to job matches daily, and we find the most efficient ways of helping people understand the reasons for those matches.

“When Indeed gives a job recommendation to a jobseeker, the jobseeker may not be sure why they are getting the recommendation, even if they are a good match. By explaining the reasons for the recommendation, we help jobseekers understand why the job is a good fit for them.”

This is a very exciting problem to solve. At the end of the day, whether it is the jobseeker or employer – one applies for a job and another makes a decision to hire – they are people after all. It’s important to help decision makers understand the matches so that they can make better decisions.

Taikai giving a presentation

Working on this problem can be both challenging and exciting, but being able to work with a diverse team brings a different edge to working on products and solving problems. There are so many incredibly talented people with a multitude of specialties at Indeed, and this helps make solving problems quicker and easier.

I feel comfortable asking questions and it’s refreshing to be able to have open discussions with people, especially on improving the way we do things.

“Having been with Indeed for more than three years, I have grown tremendously through an environment that is challenging and supportive. My manager (and ex-managers) has always encouraged me to take on new challenges.

“This culture of encouragement, trust and believing in people has played a big part of my career development.”

I’ve experienced this culture of encouragement and support especially when we work on new project ideas. When brainstorming for ideas, there may be some which are not great, but there are also a number which are really valuable! When introducing new ideas, I find it a challenge to convince others to invest in some of my ideas.

At Indeed, I am encouraged to use data to articulate and share my ideas to get my manager and team on board. This is often challenging, but they have always been supportive in giving me the opportunity to communicate my ideas. Though not all the ideas have worked out, it means a lot to me that I’ve been given the opportunity to try it out. In fact, some of the biggest impact that I have made at Indeed started with this opportunity to be able to try out those ideas. I believe this culture of trust and empowerment has led to a lot of Indeed’s innovation.

Taikai and co-worker have a discussion desk-side

Another factor that has drawn me to the company and kept me here is our mission of helping people get jobs. Being able to contribute to solving important problems and helping people with a huge aspect in their lives has been one of the primary reasons why I feel what I do at work is purposeful.

The level of collaboration I’ve seen here at Indeed has been amazing, where so many talented people are ready to work on solving important problems together. 

Once, when I was having a hard time figuring out an algorithm to solve a problem which might have had a significant impact on matching the job to the job seeker, I consulted a colleague who is an expert in graph algorithms and worked together with him.

Instead of spending way too much energy (and time) trying to solve the problem myself, together, we figured out a solution within a minute! Ever since then, this has been a reminder to myself that it is important to collaborate and consult with team members, especially those who are experts in their area.

“A lot of ideas of solving technical or product problems stem from discussions. Interestingly, in my experience, a lot of them originate from unexpected conversations… while having lunch, walking in a hallway, or even while making coffee.”

This may be because these instances have been opportunities to connect with people who I may not usually interact with on a daily basis, which allows me to see things from different perspectives.

Though times are slightly different now that we are working from home, we still jump in on Zoom meetings and have many other opportunities to stay connected at Indeed.

If you’re interested in some of our Engineering roles in Tokyo and would like to find out more, get in touch with one of our recruiters in the video below:

To find out more about Indeed Tokyo, click here

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From Nigeria to Texas: How I Became A… Product Scientist at Indeed

In this 'How I Became A....', Adesewa Adegoke details her journey from University to Integration Engineer and what led her on the path to being a Product Scientist at Indeed.

Adesewa in front of a living wall

Adesewa Adegoke is a Product Scientist at Indeed Austin. She uses numbers to help deliver products, and ensures that they launch and run smoothly. She’s a twin, and loves listening to music and imagining doing really cool dance moves, but says she’s not a good dancer.

In our next installment of ‘How I Became A….’, she walks us through her incredible journey of becoming a Product Scientist and how her hard work and preparation met opportunity to bring her to Indeed.

Born and raised in Nigeria, Adesewa was never particularly drawn to computers as a kid. The little interaction she had with computers was in high school for an arts class where she got to do simple designs using Corel Draw, but to her this was more work than fun.

“It was my Dad who encouraged me to major in Computer Science, because he said it was the future. I just knew I had to do it well,” she explains.

Even though Adesewa was a bit unsure, she knew she had to give it her best effort. She went on to study Computer Science as an undergraduate at Covenant University in Ota, Nigeria, and later began to actually fall in love with her programming classes. She was fascinated by the concept of writing code, and the fact that you can watch the code do what you’ve laid out for it.

Adesewa selfie in an outdoor setting

After graduating, she worked as an Integration Engineer for the next 4.5 years. It was during that time she started hearing more and more folks talk about opportunities in “big data.” She was curious, and after doing her research, soon realized it was something she wanted to pursue.

Adesewa decided to take a big leap towards her dream and moved across the world to attend Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There she received her Masters in Information Systems Management, Business Intelligence and Data Analytics. 

“I loved certain aspects of business intelligence and data analytics, but knew that I didn’t want to just solely focus on the numbers,” she recalls. “I wanted to use those numbers towards delivering tech products.” 

While in grad school she spent a lot of time on Indeed.com searching for internships. In fact, she visited the site so often she was inspired to develop an Indeed mobile app as a way to practice her skills, not knowing an opportunity was approaching around the corner.

Her university soon hosted a career fair for students where Indeed recruiters would be in attendance. She had the opportunity to bring up the backstory of how she developed the app in her spare time as a personal project. 

Adesewa and team in Alaska for a conference

At the KDD conference in Alaska

“It was definitely the best conversation I’ve ever had with a recruiter. They were actually interested in what I had to say,” she says.

Her proactiveness paid off. It was at the same career fair where she also got the chance to meet some of the Indeed Business Intelligence team, and it wasn’t long before she received an opportunity to join the team as a Business Intelligence Analyst. After just a few months of showcasing her skills, she was able to move into her role now as Product Scientist.

“A lot of Product Scientists are proactive people, they’re not people who lay back and watch things happen, but rather stand up and look for that opportunity and go for it,” Adesewa explains in a video about her team and what makes them successful.

As a Product Scientist at Indeed, her role supports product owners and product managers from ideation, product strategy, execution, as well as experimentation, to the actual launch of products. To sum it up, she ensures that Indeed products will launch and run smoothly. She focuses on statistics and machine learning.

Learn more from Adesewa and other Product Scientists at Indeed about building the team and what makes them successful in the video below.

But even though she’s found success and solid footing at Indeed, it wasn’t always easy. Early on, she struggled with an internal battle she now identifies as imposter syndrome.

“You’re surrounded by so many smart people, and sometimes you forget that you’re smart, you’re there, because you’re smart. Imposter syndrome is a real thing,” she says.

Bike riding with a part of the Product and Data Science team in 2019

“There have been times when things were not so great and I just told myself, I’m at that low point. But just give it some time, a month from now, a few weeks from now, things will definitely not be the same.” she recalls telling herself.

In spite of the need for some internal pep talks every now and then, she loves that her role is not monotonous and that she gets the opportunity to work on many different projects using different tools, solving different problems.

She looks back on her journey so far and feels proud that she worked on so many different projects that she’s always wanted to do, while staying on her toes and continuing to learn and grow. 

Adesewa in front of graffiti mural

She’s also come full circle as she’s currently mentoring a PhD graduate student on a similar path she was on years ago. It’s super meaningful to her because she can now share knowledge and help others walk the path that she helped blaze at Indeed. 

“Providing the help you wish you had, makes someone else’s journey a whole lot better. You’re equipping them for a better journey to make the right decisions,” she says.

“If I could do something differently, it would probably be to doubt myself a lot less.”

 

Some advice she has for others is to be open to information and stay curious about what’s happening in your industry. She believes information is power. Use your research to guide your job search, to identify what job titles/roles to go after and what companies align with your ambitions. 

Adesewa and team at an outdoor event

Fun times bonding with the Product Science team (pre-covid)

“Remember that life is indeed about ups and downs, but if you try not to be short sighted and know how to look toward the future, things will work out!”

 

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Engineer, mentor and mother: How this woman does it all at Indeed Hyderabad

Engineer, mentor and mother... Amulya Bandikatla is a Staff Software Engineer at Indeed Hyderabad. She shares her experience in tech and working at Indeed.

Amulya Bandikatla is a Staff Software Engineer at Indeed Hyderabad. She has a passion for mentoring and shares her experience in tech and working at Indeed.

If you are a Software Engineer, a woman in tech or looking to get insights on the tech industry, this episode of our Culture Matters podcast may be an interesting listen for you. 

As part of the Indeed Apply team, Amulya helps people get jobs by ensuring job seekers can apply to the jobs they want with ease.

“I design the backend systems for Indeed Apply to improve the performance of the system and to work on one that is highly scalable so our job seekers can have their applications delivered to the employer in the way they want and to the right job,” Amulya shares in a podcast conversation with Inside Indeed


Listen to the full podcast here or click on this link

In the interview, she shares what inspired her to become an engineer and the support she has gained to achieve the work life balance she has today.

“I’ve been in a room with 20, 25 people where I was the only woman in the room but I think this is evolving. In my opinion, family support is very important,” Amulya says. 

Amulya shares in her experience, unless there is proper support at home, it’s difficult for a female member of the family to step out to work.

“Indeed has been very flexible in understanding the kind of requirements a working mother and working woman has. The management is helpful enough to check in with me if I’m comfortable or if there’s anything they can improve on their end to make things better at work.”

In the interview, Amulya also delves into some of the systems and structures in place at Indeed to support Indeedians in harmonizing their professional and personal life. 

Amulya speaking at Pycon India 2019 about Indeed’s Endeavor to “Push on Green”. Click to watch the full video.

With an interest in mentoring, she explains in the podcast how Indeed designed a mentoring program to coach an intern into a moving from a Software Engineer role to a Developer role.

In addition to that, being an Indeedian gave her the opportunity to educate and share her knowledge with tech communities such as speaking at tech events.

In a brief video below, Amulya shares why she joined the company and what it’s like working at Indeed.

For more information and jobs at Indeed Hyderabad, click here.

Indeed is also calling out women in India who code to join our SheCodes competition. Put your problem-solving and coding skills to the test and win exciting prizes.

Register for the coding challenge now! Registration closes on 4 September 2020.

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