Outbrain Culture

Guide to Landing a Job at Outbrain

Klara Zavrl
Klara Zavrl
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We know the job market is booming. “We are hiring” signs are to be seen everywhere, from LinkedIn to Twitter to the high streets in shop windows. It is such a global reality, it has been called The Great Resignation. This is probably one of the many consequences of COVID. It may well be happening because some of us realized: we are not machines and we want to find a job that is meaningful to us

Millions of people are looking for new career opportunities as we speak. And when we look for a new challenge, it is hard to know how it is going to be once we join – after all, us recruiters can only show you so much. This is why tools like Glassdoor are so powerful. It enables job seekers to read real reviews and have a more comprehensive understanding of what it is to work for a particular organization.

Why Work Culture Matters

But back to the machines! People are not machines. And that’s why employer culture is so important. As much as a better salary and funky swag is nice to have, ensuring you join a business with strong values around mental health and wellbeing is crucial for the long run. 

What Organizations are Thinking…

On the other side of the story, organizations are hungry for new talent. According to a recent survey, 87% of organizations are already experiencing a talent shortage or are expecting to face it within a few years. In fact, according to statistics released by ManpowerGroup, staff turnover in the US IT industry ranks at 13.2%, which is the highest attrition index among all industries. And, Israel – one of the top three fastest-developing tech startup nations – is experiencing a 15% software developer shortage. This leads to an extremely competitive market in which, as mentioned before, high salaries and flashy benefits can eclipse what really matters. According to the Talent Accelerator survey, what really matters to employees is actually a culture that encourages diversity and inclusion, flexible work based on trust, and a new way to measure and achieve professional growth.

Outbrain: What We Value

As a recruiter at Outbrain, one of the best parts of my job is introducing people to a company with incredible values: trust, support, teamwork, innovation, transparency and integrity. Many candidates first approach me because of Outbrain’s innovative product and technologies. But once they get a glance of the company values and how we work together, they fall in love with Outbrain! I shared with you earlier why Glassdoor is so important, right? Well,  90% of Glassdoor reviewers would recommend Outbrain to a friend, 96% approve of the CEO, and our average score is an impressive 4.4. 

Let me take you through our recruitment journey and show you how we find the best talent in the industry.

The Outbrain Recruitment Journey: Step by Step

Apply to Outbrain online: Just 3 clicks to your dream job!

Applying online is really easy, even on your smartphone, by sharing your LinkedIn profile or submitting a CV. After that, our recruitment team receives a notification  showing us all new applicants ready for screening. No matter which job you apply for, make sure your CV is formatted in a way that is easy to read and understand. Clear bullet points and descriptions will help us recruiters get a better understanding of what you have to offer. And please, don’t be shy –  add something personal about yourself that helps us learn more about you. 

Now, your application moves from the recruitment team to the hiring manager, responsible for the position. The hiring manager reviews all applicant CVs before we speak to you for the first time. We are all one team, collaborating together to find the best talent and build the best team. After receiving the thumbs up for your CV, the next step is an initial phone call with the recruiter. We want to learn more about you, your previous roles, why you want to join Outbrain, and how you found out about us. Read and absorb as much information as you can before the call so that we can respond to any questions you may have in preparation for the next steps.

The interview stage: Let the show begin

The recruiter is your ally, and we will always try to support you as much as we can with tips and ideas to ensure your interviews go smoothly. If you are still keen on exploring the role after speaking to our recruitment team, the next steps will be a professional Zoom interview with the team lead, the hiring manager and, depending on the role, another member of the team separately. Take that opportunity to get more intel on the day to day tasks, the vision of the role, as well as the potential for growth. 

As mentioned earlier, don’t be shy. We want to get to know you, so come ready with questions! When you meet the team, it is a good idea to ask them about their experience, learn how they adapted to the job, their onboarding process, and the team values. After every meeting, we will share feedback with you, either on the phone or via email, so that we are all on the same page.

Presentation time: Show us your superpower! 

It is time to shine! Presentations, demos, and pitches are a great way for us to see you in action. We know it is not easy, and presenting in front of new people can be intimidating. Think of this step as a conversation, and a chance to get to know each other, so we can learn more about your expertise. 

Remember, when you are preparing for a presentation, ensure you have a stable internet connection, your laptop is fully charged, there is good lighting for the camera, and you are in a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted. Also, don’t forget your notepad and pen to take notes if you need to … and have a glass of water handy! We all get nervous, and it helps to take a quick sip of water and breathe. 

Reference checks: The home stretch 

If you made it this far… you are already a winner! As Mark Cuban famously said, “Business is the ultimate sport. It’s 7x24x365xforever.” The next step is a check of your references, which only if successful, will lead to an offer! 

And remember: be you, be cool, be transparent, and enjoy the recruitment journey! 

If you want to learn more about Outbrain, our benefits, and culture, please reach out to me directly on LinkedIn.

Guess what? We’re hiring! There are loads of positions available at Outbrain offices worldwide. Click below to visit our Careers page and view all the latest vacancies. 

Klara Zavrl

Klara Zavrl

Klara is People & Culture Generalist and Talent Acquisition Partner at Outbrain. She enjoys finding the best talents in the market, supporting them to develop their potential to its fullest and watching them thrive in our amazing team.