2017 - HireVue Achiever's Club in Barcelona, Spain

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We are so excited for the winners of the 2017 HireVue Achiever’s Club Award.  Through their extraordinary efforts and contributions, these team members have been recognized by their teammates as “the best of the best”.   

We appreciate everything they do for our customers and for making HireVue a great place to work.

The team members below are all outstanding examples of what makes HireVue an amazing place to work. 

Product
Andrew Paulson (Rookie of the Year)
Josh Dustin
Tara Lalor

Support
Allie Hurley
Russ Mccree

PS
Devra Andersen

Finance/ Legal/ HR
Debbie Giambruno
Stephen Craig
Kayde Givens

Marketing
Erin Dobbins
Laura Webb

Solutions Consultant
Col Carter

Sales
Eric Nelson
Dina Taylor
Tara Repucci
Michael Grimes
McKay Johnson
Amy Schroeder
Darren Jaffrey

ADMs
Jenny Wong
Lee Clark
Kayte Mares
Monique Johnson
Sarah Florence

CS
Danielle Colvin
Lindsay Johnson
Brian Ormsby
Brett Andersen

 

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The first night opened with a welcome reception at the Rooftop Lounge of the Jazz Hotel. Team members had a chance to catch up while enjoying a selection of Catalan tapas, live music and a beautiful view of the city. 

The second day opened with a GoCar Tour of Barcelona. These little yellow cars have a GPS that narrates the sites as you roll past. What a fun way to get to know the city! 

On the evening of the second day everyone enjoyed a Catalan Culinary Class where they learned to make such classics as tortilla (Spanish omelette), paella and sangria. As the instructs said, "You're cooking dinner tonight. There's no plan B." But it looks like plan A turned out just fine.  

On the third day the group visited the beach town of Stiges. A catamaran from Barcelona gave a breathtaking view of the coastline and an opportunity to fly a drone over the Mediterranean. Though it was bit a rainy when we arrived, the afternoon sun revealed a town full of boutique shops leading to picturesque beaches.

On the final night there was an Awards Dinner at El Principal Del Eixample. While delicious food was guaranteed, all were surprised by the live flamenco performance. The evening closed with Kevin Parker, CEO, and Doug Leonard, CSO, handing out awards to commemorate everyone's success during 2017.

Even though the 2017 trip has ended, everyone here is getting excited for the 2018 Achiever's Club in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

What did you learn yesterday?

HireVue's Chief Sales Officer, Doug Leonard, set a positive tone for the year by hosting our annual sales kickoff in Salt Lake City, Utah. Our entire VueNation team was able to participate (thanks to Laura Webb) who captured it all on Slack. Below are a few of our favorite quotes from our team on what they learned this week at #hvsaleskickoff. 

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"Build a hypothesis of success with a customer and work backward from that."  John Grotegut

"Being brave means pushing myself to do the hard or uncomfortable thing. "  Dina Taylor

 "It is mission critical to identify the buyers' priorities in every account and connect our solutions accordingly." Kara Klaich

"The cost of doing nothing is more. Feel confident in the value we provide at HireVue." Elisa Realph

"Continue to validate what you heard throughout the cycle." Jenny Wong

"I want to commit to really visualizing success, and then making it happen!" Talar Sahakian

"I learned that the devil is truly in the details and I am going to slow down and be more deliberate with my actions." Monique Johnson

"Leverage my team to remove blind spots. Feel comfortable learning about them and adjusting." Michael Grimes

We are excited for all of the HireVue sales team members who are attending Achievers Club this May. You earned it!  

 

 

What’s the point of your first day photos? by Adam Sunman

I’m a sucker for swag – my laptops are covered in stickers, I’ve still got a LinkedIn umbrella that Craig Ringland gave me four years ago, and my bright red Vodafone pen is a thing of beauty. However, as you’ve probably noticed, there’s been a huge rise in the ‘it’s my first day at [insert name] and what a welcome package!’ it’s usually a picture of a MacBook, surrounded by notebooks, water bottles, t-shirts and stickers, and along with 'solve if you are a genius' and Wolf of wall street quotes, is likely filling your LinkedIn newsfeed on a daily basis. I get it, it’s like Christmas, you’re getting loads of stuff as a present, the company is getting some free branding, and everyone’s a winner, I’m certainly not one to shoot down someone’s excitement over the next stage in their career.

You may have noticed that last week, I changed jobs. I moved to a startup over here in the US, and as you’ve probably noticed, startups are the prime culprits of ‘first-day photos’ – an official flag that the onboarding has started. But for me, it had started long before I stepped into the HireVue office in beautiful Utah.

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HireVue's View

 

I’d worked with HireVue at Vodafone and it’s safe to say I drink the kool-aid big time. Not only because Porter has such infectious enthusiasm, but also because it’s truly a game changer – I was one of those evangelical customers that wouldn’t stop telling everyone about the product – so when my wife and I moved to the US, it was an obvious next step for me. Anyone who’s ever moved to the US from the UK will know that Visa documentation is not always the simplest of processes and I ended up with a four month stint of waiting for the final go-ahead to start. During this time, Kara my new boss, and Oumar were giving me regular calls to check in and see how things were going – none of that ‘quiet phase between accepting an offer and starting’ here. I also met Melissa and Lauren in NYC for dinner, I was making friends in the business before I’d even got my laptop on the first day.

Moreover, when we finally got the go ahead, those of us who were about to start got sent out an invite to a HireVue ‘Introvue’ – for those of you not familiar with HireVue, we combine digital video with predictive analytics to help companies build and coach higher performing teams. We were getting to meet everyone before ever seeing them in person, and they were getting to know us. This meant that when I walked in the door for day one of our induction, we were straight into the swing of things. After getting a coffee (from the crazily well stocked kitchen) we were straight onto our built and configured laptops (thanks Phil!and in the depths of the HireVue products in minutes after walking in. It also meant that there was none of the 'first day nerves' - I felt like I was old friends with the three other inductees, and I'd been able to forewarn them about my awful jokes.

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VueNation's Eatery

 

Later in the week, we had the chance to meet all of the people we recognized from our ‘IntroVue’ at the HireVue in-house bar, HireBrew (For those of you that know me well, you’ll know I appreciated the pun)

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There was no waste of half a morning walking around the office and being introduced to a load of people who’s name you won’t remember, and them awkwardly trying to explain in twenty seconds what they do. Instead, I got to speak to the people I’ll be working with, and have informed chats about what I’d watched them say about their job the week before.

While employer branding is in part how people feel when they walk in the door, I’m not going to profess to be an onboarding expert, but I’m sure everyone has at least once experienced the ‘first week’ issues of no laptop being ordered, no systems access or last minute frantic on-boarding schedules being created, and for me that’s the key. You can have all the great swag in the World, but what is your photo saying about your onboarding process? At most, it’s an indication of a well-stocked storage room, but for me, it’s much more about the whole process and experience of on-boarding. And that’s not to say I didn’t get swagged up – big thanks to Terra and Scot for everything from a rucksack to a webcam cover – but my point is this; why don’t we stop the humblebrag show off photos, and start showing what we’re doing on day one, and not what we’re getting.

Engineering Valentine's Day Challenge by Andrew Paulson

HireVue's Engineering team decided to celebrate Valentine’s Day old school, elementary school to be specific. Each product room made valentines for the other 7 product rooms. They were also asked to decorate a tissue box to hold their valentines. While several engineers groaned audibly when Rocky Olsen announced the event, everyone seemed to get into the Valentines spirit by February 14th.

All the rooms ended up putting in significant creative effort, creating a mix of festive, confounding, funny and disturbing results. On Valentine’s Day the whole team came together to eat cookies baked by Alison Hartle and look at the boxes and valentines. Judging was based on adherence to the overall theme of 8-Bit love. Additional points were given for the box that best incorporated candy hearts and LEDs and for the valentine that had the best use of code in poetry. This led to several indecipherable valentines, which many people had fun attempting to decode.

The winning box came from Product Room 8 who made an almost life-size Loren Larsen (HireVue's CTO) cutout with light up eyes. Aptly enough they won a romantic lunch with Loren. The winning valentine was from Product Room 4, the insights team, who’s team lead, Brad Grimm, wrote a custom poem for each other office. Other exciting boxes include product room 4’s censored cupid, and product room 5’s fully functional NES. Several esoteric programming languages found their way into the valentines including obfuscated C, internal and whitespace. 

The winning Valentine's Day Box

The winning Valentine's Day Box

The winning valentine poems can be found here

Here’s a full list of the boxes and valentines made by each team.
Product Room 1 (Jesse/Meag/Taylor/Tom/Kiely)
Box: Nyan Cat
Valentine: (Runner Up) 8-Bit Poem

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Runner Up Valentine

Runner Up Valentine

Product Room 2 (Aaron/Alex/Aric/Ashley/Gary/Jared/Josh/Kylir/Paul)
Box: Portal themed box with plush turret and working 3D printed radio
Valentine: Obfuscated C Valentine, Code by Aric Parkinson

Product Room 3 (Brad/Jianmin/Katya/Keith/Lindsey/Riley)
Box: Val 9000
Valentine: (Winner) Poems by Brad Grimm

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Product Room 4 (Andrew/Evan/Kendall/Nathan/Ryan/Thatcher)
Box: (Runner Up) Pixel Cupid
Valentine: Real Heart in a Jar

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Product Room 5 (Chris/Damian/Byron/Jeremy/Rocky)
Box: Working NES
Valentine: Intercal Valentine by Byron Clark

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Product Room 6 (Brandon/Dave/Syhalla/Stuart/Mike/Pete/Ricky)
Box: DIY LED Box by Mike Weaver
Valentine: Customized Perler Bead Valentines by Syhalla Bales

Product Room 7 (David/Karl/Luke/Vidul/Brent)
Box: Underwear Box
Valentine: Whitespace Valentines by Karl Schurig and ASCII Valentines by Luke Nelson

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Product Room 8 (Chris/Hyrum/Rob/Steve/Tara/TJ)
Box: (Winner) Almost Life-size Loren Box
Valentine: Loren Themed Valentines

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The “Real World”: Academia to Industry by Lindsey Anderson

Academia and industry are two very different worlds. During my time in academia, my peers and I talked about those who worked in industry as people who “just work”. Culturally, there was a sense that those people had sold out or given up to some degree. There are multiple problems with this mindset, the most prominent being that there are simply not enough academic positions for all of the graduate students and postdocs working in academia to stay - even if they wanted to. In my case, after 6 years of graduate school and 1 year as a postdoc, I decided I did not want to. It was a scary transition; it was hard to let go of the priorities of the academy and take a leap into something new. The job market ended up being very different from what I expected - it was rough. If you are currently in this position and are ready to pull your hair out, I am sorry to say that there is no magic bullet solution, but I will share a few things I learned.

Scrap the CV

One of the most difficult parts of the transition was to let go of my CV. It seemed impossible that no one cared about my publications anymore. Mostly, your co-authors, your institutions, the journals you published in, and the quality/quantity of publications are not going to be a big part of your reputation anymore. This also means that the blood, sweat, and tears you put into that work are mostly meaningless as well. Don’t get me wrong - having a Ph.D. is valuable, but the details of the research are not so much. More than half of my CV was painfully squished into a single bullet point on my resume.

Side note: people who transitioned into an industry position that was closely related to their academic work may have had a different experience.

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I thought that having a strong research career with a Ph.D. and a postdoc from good institutions would make getting a job a synch. Those flowery dreams were crushed when I learned that many people in my shoes apply to literally hundreds of jobs before they find one. It is a long, depressing road where you are left questioning your worth. The world of online job applications feels like a black hole - you are throwing your resume and painstakingly curated cover letters in, and rarely hearing anything back. Resumes are broken down into plain text where the work you put into formatting is destroyed. Your applications are loaded into applicant tracking systems where they may very likely never be looked upon by human eyes. In the end, there were jobs I applied to where I received a denial email from a computer nearly a year later. Experiencing this broken process first hand makes me all the more passionate about my current job at HireVue, where we are transforming the traditional hiring process.

During the application process, I found myself in a strange limbo: I had never had a “job”, so I was entry level in many ways. On the other had, having a Ph.D. made me overqualified for many entry-level jobs. I interviewed for positions where I knew I lacked on-the-job skills, and others where the recruiter was unsure that the position would be stimulating enough for someone as ambitious as me. Being in this position, it is crucial to connect with people who see the value of investing in someone smart who will eventually outperform other candidates, as opposed to someone who can make impact from the get-go, which brings me to my next point….

Connections are incredibly important

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In academia, I was lucky enough to be acquainted and work with some of the top researchers in my field. I honestly did not think about connections much – I happened to work with great people and I relied on my credentials to speak for themselves. I found the idea of “networking” to be somewhat nauseating. A lot of this feeling came from the fact that in academia, there is a pretty clear hierarchy, and many times the “networking” I saw consisted of  shamelessly kissing the ass of those who can give you opportunities; nothing about that felt authentic to me.

I’ve since learned that good networking means getting to know people and sharing your passions and talents. As an example, I work in Data Science, a field that many people are trying to break into. I see countless online courses and bootcamps to “get a job as a Data Scientist in x months!”. I recently attended a Data Science career fair and I have a pile of student resumes from that day. What do they all have in common? They are all pretty great! That’s it. Everyone is quite competitive, they have done a lot of self-teaching, college-level coursework, Kaggle competition projects, and possibly even Machine Learning research at a University. Given that so many people have awesome credentials, what really sets them apart? Personality. The students who stood out are the ones who seemed interested in what we were doing and generally, interested in talking about Data Science.

The truth is, your resume is a terrible representation of who you are as a person.  After all the applications, I ended up finding work through relationships. Now that I’m on the other side of this job search, it totally makes sense. Given the choice, we would all want to work with people who are excited, smart, driven, and easy to talk to. Even if you are not working in a field, there are ways to insert yourself into the community. Not only are these great learning opportunities, but also ways to showcase who you are and the types of people/projects you want to be working with.

Everyone needs to be a “lifelong learner”

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The term “lifelong learner” once seemed to be reserved for the truly driven and passionate. In this economy, where technological change is exponential, everyone needs to be a “lifelong learner”. Online learning is changing everything - people without college degrees are now getting high-paying technical jobs with the skills they have acquired online. Consider this a new paradigm - not only do you need to be learning the skills necessary to break into an industry, but you will need to stay up-to-date with that industry once you are in it.

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Again, these are my major takeaways from my experience; I realize every path is different. Please comment to share your own experiences!

Meet Lindsey Andeson, Data Scientist at HireVue

Hard Work Won't Make You a Data Scientist by Ben Taylor

Hard Work Won't Make You  a Data Scientist by Ben Taylor

What makes a great company?

When looking for a company I would encourage the students to find a company that will make them into the person they want to be 5 years from now. At HireVue we have full buy-in from the executive team on the data science vision. This buy-in has allowed us to build a great data science team capable of solving the hardest problems in HR analytics. The problems we work on are diverse, hitting nearly every topic within data science rather than being an expert on just one problem type. Lastly, the most important part of a good job is work-life balance. HireVue gets it, we work to live, not the other way around. Being a Sequoia capital company also adds some magic garnish as well.

Celebrating HireVue at the Living Planet Aquarium

How often do you get to see a real life Ariel and get to take pictures with her? On Saturday, January 14th, we hosted our HireVue company party at the Living Planet Aquarium, Bonus points! The event was held in a conference room that looked into a shark tank. 

The event packed day included a live animal encounter where children could pet armadillos, snakes, and birds. We even had a professional balloon artists who created any item requested. Think Mickey and Minnie mouse, butterflies, mermaids, dragons, you name it!  HireVue also provided a buffet breakfast of french toast, eggs, sausage, and fruit to all guests. The morning concluded with free admission into the aquarium to see all the animals. 

Thanks to everyone who came and made the day special.

We look forward to an awesome 2017! 

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Cheat Codes For Charity: 24 Hours of Non-Stop Video Gaming

Four years ago a group of friends decided to use their love of gaming to do some good. Inspired by others like the Desert Bus for Hope (https://desertbus.org/) and Child's Play Charity (http://childsplaycharity.org/) our group of gamers organized an annual event, lovingly called Cheat Codes for Charity. Over the last 4 years we have partnered with both Child's Play Charity and Extra Life to raise money for children in hospitals. Helping to highlight how video games can be a positive light in a child's life as they go through a very rough time of their lives. 

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In our first three years, we helped raise over $5,000 in donations for both Child's Play and Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This year our goal was to raise $2,000 during the annual Extra Life event for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This event asks that gamers spread awareness of the cause and play video games for 24 hours straight. These gamers will often stream their gaming sessions online so other's can watch, get involved, and contribute to the cause. This year we had around 30 gamers join us at HireVue headquarters in South Jordan, Utah. You'll find a lot of our streamed event available on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxN7h1TPEctGQXKHSLyJl9Q). 

"The Full 24 Hour Crew - Yes we are pretty tired."

"The Full 24 Hour Crew - Yes we are pretty tired."

The support for our event was amazing. As donations kept coming in we realized we needed to raise our our goal from $2000 to $3000. Our friends and family and other gamers we connected to online came together and we absolutely crushed our goal. Raising $4,004 in direct donations, all of which HireVue matched bringing our grand total to $8,008. You can see the results of our team here: http://www.extra-life.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=donordrive.team&teamID=29619

When we started this a lot of the group was just beginning to have kids. As time passed this event meant more for us, but for one of our members, Chris Romriell, it has become very close to his heart. For those of you that don't know, Chris' 2nd son Treyson was born over a month early and had some complications that brought him to the NICU at Primary Children's Hospital (a hospital inside the Children's Miracle Network). He spent the first 3 weeks of his life at PCMC and 10 months later Treyson had gone through 6 surgeries (2 emergencies) as well as several other long stays up at Primary Children's. Treyson turned 4 a little over a month ago and Chris can't explain how much he appreciates the support HireVue and Primary Children's Hospital has given his family through the years. 
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We are very happy that we were able to raise these donations for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. When we received the below email from Extra Life when we had passed the $5000 mark, it really put it into perspective. "A chemotherapy treatment" or "heart monitor" singular. We can never give or raise enough, there is always more to do. There are always more children in need. So we hope you join us next year or find your own way to help the cause. 

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Veterans Day 2016 - Thanks to All Who Serve

"What's Veterans Day?" people ask. "Is that Memorial Day?" 

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, many Americans confuse Veterans Day with Memorial Day. What's more, some Americans don't even know why we honor our veterans on November 11. Here is a brief history so we can remember our service members properly.

Veterans Day or Armistice Day was set as a legal holiday after the end of World War I. After the end of World War II and the Korean War, the holiday was officially named Veterans Day to honor all soldiers who have served. 

So what's the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? Memorial Day honors service members who died in service of our country. While Veterans Day is a day to thank and honor our living veterans who served and continue to serve honorably.

“When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?” -George Canning
“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” -Elmer Davis
“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” -John Fitzgerald Kennedy

HireVue would like to thank all who have served and continue to serve our country today. And we especially want to thank the veterans at HireVue. You know who you are and we applaud you for your service and sacrifice for our country. 

Thank you.