Considering a change? Our Software Engineer, Will, shares how your skills can apply in a new industry
Never had adtech on your radar for your next job? You aren’t alone. Meet Will, our most social Software Engineer and lover of vanilla lattes. His interview is a great read for any new grad, someone interested in applying their skillset in a new industry, or any technical professional that wants to level-up their communication skills.
CI: Why did you decide to join Team CrossInstall (as a highly intelligent new college grad)?
Will: I was looking for my first job after graduating and Arnaud (our Head of Engineering) reached out to me on a hiring platform. I had never considered working in adtech, but I really liked everyone I interviewed with and each person on our small team was personable. Everyone on my team has been great to work with so I definitely got the right impression.
CI: Can you share a little more about how you get to work and your unique schedule?
Will: I personally enjoy arriving early (i.e. before 8 AM) and leaving a little earlier as opposed to a later work schedule. It’s nice that there are a few others that also like getting into the office early and working in a quiet, focused environment.
CI: What are the most challenging and rewarding aspects of your role?
Will: Something I find personally challenging is that I want to maintain a high bar for my quality of work, but sometimes the time constraints require a balance between doing everything to my own level of perfection and getting things done in a timely manner.
What I find rewarding is being able to use my high attention to detail to help to improve our system and solve problems.
CI: What attracted you to being a software engineer?
Will: I like understanding how things work. My role gives me good insight into the fine details of how things work and the opportunity to create new features.
CI: You are known as one of the most social software engineers at CrossInstall (someone should give you a crown)! What tips would you offer for engineers whose daily roles require communication with more forefacing departments, like account management and sales?
Will: I like to talk to people about non-work related topics and relate on a more personal level. I just talk to people a lot so when I need to talk about technical things, it already feels more casual.
CI: How do you distill complex information into laypersons’ terms (for example, explaining some product info that is very technically dense)?
Will: When I am trying to understand new concepts or aspects of our system, I want to ensure I have a high-level of understanding before going into the details. Once I understand the inner workings, it makes it easier to go back to the high-level overview and explain it simply.
CI: What is your favorite snack when you need brain power?
Will: Caffeine. I love sweet and milky coffee and vanilla lattes.
CI: The people at CrossInstall in one sentence.
Will: My team is chill and our company is collaborative.
Want to join Will and the CrossInstall crew? We are hiring!