💎 "What motivates you?" What's the best way to answer this interview question? See these tips from a recruiter to find out!
📼 Watch this video from SevenFifty and learn how to answer the "what motivates you?" interview question. Nathalie Rodriguez, Director of Recruiting at SevenFifty, shares insight into preparing for their application process.
📼 "Tell us about what motivates you." This is a really common interview question that the company asks regarding motivations and interests. They want to ensure that what you're planning to do in the future aligns with the role you're applying to and the various tasks you will be solving.
📼 When answering what motivates you, a way to stand out in the interview process (especially in front of a recruiter or hiring manager) is to ask great questions. This implies that you are curious, work well with ambiguity, and that you can uncover answers to questions that arise. Curiosity is important and really differentiates you from other candidates. Ask great questions of all the interviewers, and you'll leave a lasting impression on the team!
Talk About What Motivates You - Tips For Interview Questions
SevenFifty is an organization that prides itself on building a true community where team members can bring their authentic selves to work. They want to invite people into the company who are motivated by an inclusive environment. The best way to prepare for a community-fit session for interviews is to visit their website, understand their values, and be prepared to offer examples of ways you've applied those values in your current role or previous roles.
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More About SevenFifty
SevenFifty is an end-to-end supply chain and communications platform connecting alcohol buyers, sellers, and distributors. In 2019, the company acquired two firms, Bridge and Beverage Media, to bring technology to this massive yet antiquated industry with the largest user base in wholesale alcohol and the most complete dataset of products in the U.S. It is a fully remote organization distributed across the United States. A first-of-its-kind communication platform and marketplace, SevenFifty helps tens of thousands of importers, producers, distributors, and retail buyers connect and do business in a modern world. Founded by industry professionals in 2012, SevenFifty now operates in 42 national markets. In 2017, SevenFifty launched SevenFifty Daily, an online magazine about the business and culture of the alcoholic beverage industry.
Below is an article originally written by Joel Gascoigne, the founder and CEO at PowerToFly Partner Buffer, and published on September 16, 2018. Go to Buffer's page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.
Buffer is a fully remote team.
It's a decision I made at the end of 2012, when Buffer was in its infancy, and it's interesting to reflect on that decision now. I am happy to report that I am in love with the choice we made to be distributed all across the world.
When I say that we're a remote, distributed team, I mean that we're literally spread across the whole world. Buffer is a team of 79 right now, and we have teammates on almost every continent and across timezones worldwide.
The sun never sets on Buffer!
The worldwide, remote Buffer team and the timezones we cover. (Visual courtesy of timezone.io.)
6 reasons why being a remote, distributed team is so exciting
I think the distributed team discussion is often focused around the challenges. I wanted to share from our experience the fun side of being distributed, which I think far outweighs the challenges:
1. Our team is super productive
The thing about hiring people for a distributed team is that they need to be self-motivated and productive working at home, coffee shops, or a co-working space.
During the hiring process, we look especially for people who have worked as freelancers or on startups. Everyone on board is incredibly smart, and it's humbling to work with them.
2. Team members have incredible amounts of freedom
Have a family event coming up and need to travel on Friday? No problem.
Want to take off to Bali or Gran Canaria for a few weeks and work from there? Awesome – please share photos :)
These things have all happened and are regular occurrences within our distributed team.
It's the little things too, like being able to avoid a commute and spend more time with family. We don't have working hours, and we don't measure hours at all. We're all excited about our vision, and we focus on results, balance, and sustained productivity.
3. It feels like the future
Even being able to share the locations of all my co-workers when I meet others and chat about Buffer is so fun and exciting. I think it provides a great story, rather than all of us being in the same office each day.
People ask how we manage it and I share our workflows and remote work tools. We call Slack our office, and Zoom is our conference room. Here's a look at some of the team in a recent Zoom call:
A team call on Zoom, the tool we use for video calls. You can check out our full list of remote work tools here.
I genuinely believe that how we're set up will be very normal in a few years. There are certainly challenges and we're still figuring a lot of it out. It's fun and a huge privilege to be able to be part of this innovation and experiment and share our learnings.
4. I'm learning so much about the world
People within the team speak lots of different languages, and talking with each other we learn about what it's like to grow up elsewhere in the world. We think carefully about shaping our culture further and how our choices might affect the various cultures within the team.
5. We travel the world to work together multiple times a year
Part of the DNA of Buffer is that we traveled all over the world for much of the first two years. This is something that has been sustained and is part of our values (and many in the team have lived up to this value by traveling as part of the team).
In order to have deliberate face-to-face time together to bond and have fun, we have regular teamwide Buffer retreats each year where we gather the full team, and we hold mini-retreats throughout the year for smaller teams and areas of the company.
A team work session from our 2017 retreat in Madrid, Spain.
On our all-company retreats, we spend a week working together and also do activities like sightseeing, boating and safaris. Most recently we gathered in Singapore!
6. Timezones make you awesome
Finally, you can look at timezones as an inconvenience, or you can embrace them and discover the magic of the time difference.
A key part of our vision is to set the bar for customer support. We obsessively track the happiness of our customers and our speed to respond to them. We have more than a million users and we reply to 80% of emails within 1 hour. We couldn't achieve this level of service without being spread across multiple timezones.
Timezones are a huge help for our development cycle too – with engineers in the US, UK, Asia and Africa, we literally never stop coding.
Beyond the positives of having a fully distributed team, you can also learn about our list of perks and team benefits that all employees receive at Buffer.
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