Companies that partner with us have some pretty incredible people. We love profiling them in our Rapid Fire series. This week we’re talking with Amery Zhen a technical recruiter at AppLovin, a mobile marketing automation software company located in Palo Alto. Hired as the first recruiter, Amery partners closely with hiring executives to develop and implement recruitment strategies to build out the AppLovin team. Since joining the company in 2014, AppLovin has grown from 40 to over 100 employees.
What’s your role at AppLovin, and what personal story can you share about a time when you first realized it is a special place to work?
As AppLovin’s Technical Recruiter, I am responsible for our engineering hiring efforts. I first realized Applovin was a special place to work when I became acquainted with the team and collaborative culture during my first week. Every person I met was friendly, intelligent and passionate about what they do. It became clear that AppLovin wasn’t just a company, but a family as well.
What’s the most interesting little-known fact about AppLovin?
Our company is named after the character McLovin, in the movie Superbad.
How would an AppLovin hiring manager define an “ideal” candidate?
Our team tackles a number of challenges daily at AppLovin, so an ideal candidate is someone who loves solving problems and isn’t afraid to take the initiative on something they are unfamiliar with. This self-starter quality is assessed during our interviews. Hiring managers aren’t just looking for the correct answer to a question, but also pay attention to how well a candidate walks them through their thought process and how receptive they are toward feedback.
To prepare for an interview, what kind of skills, knowledge, achievements or personal spirit/attitude should students demonstrate in their portfolios?
Companies want to see well-rounded candidates who excel in multiple areas. An ideal portfolio should show a mix of academics, internships, and side projects that are relevant to the role they are interviewing for. Students should demonstrate a desire for continued learning by joining professional associations, attending meet-ups, or receiving certifications through online courses (Coursera/Udacity).
What other advice would you offer to an aspiring intern or new grad seeking full-time employment at AppLovin?
Practice makes perfect when it comes to interviews. It’s normal to be nervous at first, especially when asked to do a presentation or write code on a whiteboard in front of someone. If you’re feeling stuck on something, pause and think about the problem thoroughly instead of providing an immediate answer. Don’t be afraid to ask follow-up questions or for feedback on your performance to improve your interviewing skills.
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