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Interviewing with Aptible

Welcome

Thanks for taking the time to interview with Aptible! We’re excited to get to know you throughout the process. We wrote this guide to help you prepare for your conversations with us.

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The People Operations Team at Aptible (From Left to Right): Jenieze Herman, Caroline Lau, Zachary Starr-Glasser

If you have questions at any point, please reach out to your main point of contact on the People Operations Team. We want to make the experience of interviewing with Aptible as delightful, efficient, fair, respectful, and transparent as possible.


Getting Ready for Your Interviews

Get to Know Aptible
Expect Video Interviews

Our entire process is “Remote-First”: This means that there are no in-person interviews and our interviews are conducted over Zoom, a cloud platform for video and audio conferencing across mobile devices, laptops, and desktops.

If you have access to a video camera on one of these devices, we strongly encourage you to turn your video on. We believe that seeing each others’ faces is important, because it directly fosters empathy.

In addition, please ensure that you have a stable WiFi connection and are set up in a quiet space, free of distractions. We want to be able to focus on you!

Please let us know if you’d benefit from interview accommodations. We’re happy to confidentially discuss your options and see how we may be able to assist.

Familiarize Yourself with Zoom
Dress Comfortably

We are a casual bunch. Feel free to wear something that you are comfortable in! For example, a plain tee shirt, button-down shirt, or sweater works just fine.

Scheduling Questions?

If you need to reschedule due to an unforeseen emergency, we’re here to help. Please email your main point of contact on the People Operations Team as soon as possible.

More Info About Our Interview Process

Timing

We aim to complete our interview process within 2-3 Weeks. If you have any constraints, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Structured Interviews

We conduct Structured Interviews at Aptible — which means that we use the same methods to assess candidates who are being considered for the same role — because research shows that they can be predictive of candidate performance. For each open position, we use the same interview questions, grade candidate responses on the same scale, and make hiring decisions based on consistent, predetermined qualifications.

A typical process at Aptible might include the following steps:

  1. Introduction to Aptible with the Hiring Manager (30 Minutes via Zoom)

  2. Discussion-Based Interview with an Aptible Team Member (45-60 Minutes via Zoom)

  3. A Take-Home Work Sample Exercise (NB: You will be compensated for completing this.)

  4. Discussion-Based Interview with an Aptible Team Member (45-60 Minutes via Zoom)

  5. References

  6. Offer

Potential Interview Types

Work Sample Exercises

We believe that this is an important part of the interview process, in that it gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in a concrete way. We take the time to design these exercises such that they: 1) give you a view into the actual work you'd do at Aptible, and 2) are standardized, so every candidate is evaluated using the same criteria.

Resume Walks

We often conduct a "Resume Walk" to gain deeper insight into your work history and the story of your career. In this interview, derived from the book Who by Geoff Smart and Randy Street, we’ll explore the jobs you've held in chronological order. Please be prepared to discuss the following for each role:: 

  • What were you hired to do?

  • What accomplishments are you most proud of? 

  • What were some low points during that job? 

  • Who were the people you worked with? 

  • Why did you leave that job?

Values Interviews

At Aptible, Our Values form the foundation of how we make decisions on both a micro and macro level. To that end, regardless of function or seniority, we ask a standard set of questions that help us understand your motivations and alignment with Aptible's Mission and Values. We encourage you to review and give thought to them in advance and be prepared to share relevant, specific examples from your past professional experience.

It's important to note that we're not looking for a 'fit' for our culture: We use this interview to understand how you'll contribute to our culture and help move it forward with your own unique perspective and experiences. Please read our blog post for a deeper dive on Values Interview philosophy.

References

Lastly, Aptible conducts calls with current or past colleagues who have directly supervised you and/or can speak directly to your work. We will ask you to provide email addresses and brief descriptions of your working relationship with 3-4 References. A member of our People Operations Team will email them to find a time to connect, then follow up with you once the calls are completed.