Debbie Roeder, Global Talent Attraction Programs Manager at eBay, told Glassdoor: “It’s critical for a candidate to understand eBay’s history. But just as important, a candidate should be well-versed in the ‘eBay of today’ and where the company is headed.” A candidate should research about different businesses and how they fit in the larger scheme of things.
Debbie said a candidate should well-grounded in the general the scope of the role itself, and then be able to envision how they can apply their skills and passion for solving complex issues. A candidate should show excitement in overcoming a technical challenge and deep sense of gratification too.
“I always find it refreshing when a candidate has recently visited or transacted on eBay – or has downloaded the app. They can then meaningfully convey their experiences and how their personal contribution can positively impact the company as a whole,” said Debbie.
A candidate should ask informed questions during the interview process to determine whether it’s an ideal environment for their type of work style.
“Overall, taking the time to research, understand and internalize a potential job opportunity is critical. Having a foundational understanding of the company will make a candidate more appealing and engaged, and will nicely complement a compelling cover letter and resume during the interview process. Being knowledgeable of both the company and role allows a candidate to prepare for potential interview topics, ask informed questions of the recruiter and hiring manager, and help determine whether the company is indeed a great fit,” said Debbie.