Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in [redacted for security reasons], went to college at [redacted as well – cybersecurity!], and got my B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. I enjoy long walks on the beach, singing off-key-yet-catchy tunes to annoy my fiance, and generally being a (mild) nuisance to my friends and family. When I’m not contemplating why lip skin is different from normal skin, I’m likely to be found playing a board game or powerlifting.
What’s your role at deepwatch?
I am a Product Manager at deepwatch.
Complete the following: “I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for…”
I help build products that solve end user problems.
What inspires you to log in every day?
Small tangent: my favorite gym of all time is The Weight Room in Richmond, VA. I had joined because I was looking for lifting platforms, barbells, and a place where I could deadlift in socks. I ended up staying (when I was living in VA) because of the people; the positivity, camaraderie, and overall desire for everyone to succeed was captivating
Above: Attempting a lifting PR, self-recorded for form checks; receiving team acknowledgement from across the gym
Nowadays, deepwatch is my ‘gym’. I’m inspired to log in every day because of the people that I get to work with and the laughs that we get to share.
Can you tell us about your decision to enter the recruitment process?
In a previous time, I got to learn about what I did not want in a job. Overworked and underpaid, it was time to find a career that I could be proud of. After my initial discussions with deepwatch, I knew I had found something rare and worth pursuing.
How did the recruitment process go for you?
Ha! I didn’t get the job the first time!
I interviewed with deepwatch twice. In the first cycle, I remember coming out of the interviews electrified with excitement. The people of deepwatch and their passions can be felt through the monitor and it was something I knew I had to be a part of (keep in mind, we’re talking 2020; not only was it rare for a company to have that energy, but (for obvious reasons) what a year to have it!).
I didn’t get the job the first time. Disappointed? Well, yes and no. Have you ever gotten a rejection that left you feeling positive despite not sticking the landing? I honestly felt like I had grown from the interviews and feedback alone.
The second cycle was a bit better in my favor; I applied (again) because I recalled the energy and excitement that I felt during the initial interviews. I then met even more amazing people and here I am now, happy enough to want to share this experience!
What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?
Assume positive intent. Questions and challenges come from a place of trust and investment. deepwatch is invested in its people and their ideas; when you are challenged, don’t shy away from it. It means that people are interested enough to want to help. Join deepwatch and be prepared to learn and grow stronger.
Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?
LinkedIn, Google, and the deepwatch blogs are your friends.
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring deepwatchers?
As corny as it sounds, be yourself. It’s not just about whether you are a good fit for the company, but also whether the company is a good fit for you. When you know, you know!