One engineer’s tips for landing their Developer job at deepwatch

Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

I grew up in Orlando, Florida and moved to Chicago, Illinois for college. Two weeks before starting my first semester at Columbia College Chicago to study music, I began teaching myself to make websites. I immediately fell in love with coding, and started consuming new programming books weekly.

A few years later, I moved back to Orlando where I began running an internet radio station and putting together live-streamed events.

These days I live in Denver, Colorado with my wife and son. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing guitar, hiking, cycling, snowboarding, and playing the occasional video game.

Ezra smiling in a gondola during 40mph winds at Glenwood Springs
What’s your role at deepwatch?

I’m a Senior Developer at deepwatch, where I help build our Web and mobile applications.

Complete the following: “I [choose one: code/create/design/build] for…”

I code for the user. I always keep the user experience top of mind when I’m building an app.

What inspires you to come in every day?

I genuinely enjoy the work I do. I am a very curious individual, always craving more knowledge and wanting to learn the inner workings of the languages and tools I use day-to-day.

How did the recruitment process go for you?

During my first interview, I met with a few of the developers and we dug into my technical skills primarily. I felt that I got a good feeling for what it would be like to work closely with them in building out features. Next, I met with two of the managers and the conversation ranged from technical to casual. On this call, as soon as I hung up the call I recall being momentarily taken aback with how I felt like I just got off a call with long-time friends of mine. The conversation just flowed very naturally as everyone on the call was very passionate about the subject matter at hand.

What do you wish you’d known when you started the process?

Honestly, I can’t think of anything. I thought the recruiter did a fantastic job of telling me about the company and setting expectations with regards to the interview process.

Can you tell us about the resources you used to prepare for your interview or role?

I’d been out of work for a couple of months when I interviewed with deepwatch, so to keep my skills sharp I was putting in my normal work days doing online tutorials any time I wasn’t actively interviewing or browsing job listings. Another thing I did was set up some mock interviews with friends and colleagues, in an effort to keep my people skills sharp.

Top of a mountain out on the western slope
Do you have any tips you’d like to share with aspiring deepwatchers?

Be yourself. Technical skills are important, but it’s just as important that we get to know you and your style of working with others.

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