What to expect Interviewing at Azavea

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We look forward to getting to know you beyond your resume

Azavea follows a structured hiring process that involves staff members across the company. Throughout the process, you’ll have a chance to interact with future team members and other colleagues at Azavea. We’ll do our best to keep you updated regarding the process, but please don’t hesitate to ask if you have questions. No matter the outcome of your application, you can expect to hear from us. We value your time and consideration and will follow up with you, even if it’s not a good match.

After you apply, your application will be reviewed by at least two members of the hiring team for overlap with skills listed in the job description. We understand that most candidates will not have every listed attribute, and we evaluate applications as a whole rather simply checking off a list of requirements.

Typically, the next step of the process is a phone interview with two members of the hiring team. We will ask you a set of structured questions designed to give us insight into your role-specific experience and skills. Phone interviews generally last about 30-60 minutes, and you will have an opportunity to ask us questions about the position, team, and company. If the phone interview is for an engineering position, you will work through some coding problems in a shared online environment such as Coderpad.

For some roles, we ask candidates who did well on the phone interview to complete a small take-home task at this point in the process. The purpose of take home tasks is to understand your skills in practice; this may involve a writing sample, wireframes for a fake marketing site, or preparing for a mock sales meeting. Some take-home tasks are evaluated on their own, and others are shared during the onsite interview. We will not ask you to complete software evaluations, client project work, or other tasks that provide us with free labor at your expense.

The last step of the hiring process involves a multi-part onsite interview at our Philadelphia office. You’ll have a chance to meet more members of your future team during a role-specific skills interview, as well as speak with members of our Executive Team during a role-agnostic skills and values alignment interview. We also ask most candidates to give a short presentation about a project that they have led or on which they played a major role. For some positions, we ask candidates to complete an onsite task instead. The project does not need to be a professional one; you could also talk about an academic or hobby project. This is a chance for us to learn about something that might not otherwise come up in the interview process and better understand how you communicate about your work.

If you are located outside the Philadelphia region, we will cover the cost of your travel and accomodations. Relocating to Philadelphia is a big decision, and we’ll send you information to help you plan your trip and enjoy your time here. You can find out more about why we love living and working in Philadelphia here.

It’s important to us that everyone feels welcome and respected throughout the interview process. We want you to do your best, so whether you need special accommodations for a disability or just want to know what to wear- please let us know. We encourage you to talk with any member of your hiring team, but you can also directly contact the Manager of People Operations if you are more comfortable or would like to keep your request confidential.

Accessibility

Access to our building requires the use of stairs or a wheelchair lift. There is a wheelchair lift at the north and south building entrances; access to the lift is coordinated by the building reception desk, so please let us know if you plan to use it. If you are traveling by car, you may park in one of Azavea’s guest parking spots, which we will coordinate with you when planning your onsite interview. Bicyclists are welcome to use our in-office bicycle storage room and should bring their bicycle into the office with them. Our building is also accessible via the #43 bus and other forms of public transit.

Visitors are required to sign in at the front desk with building security. Once you have signed in, take the elevator to the 5th floor, and sign in on the iPad in our lobby. If you have a visual, verbal, auditory, or other impairment that might impact the interview process or your access to the building, please discuss with us any accommodations that you need.

Dependent care and nursing mothers

Azavea is unable to provide onsite care during interviews, but if arranging care for a dependent presents a significant hurdle to you for cost or other reasons, please let us know so that we can work with you to find a solution. Nursing mothers are welcome to use our lactation room, equipped with a comfortable chair, sink, and fridge, in order to breast pump.

Pronouns and bathrooms

Candidates who prefer to be referred to in a particular way may feel hesitant to explain this or correct others in an interview setting. If this is a concern for you, please let the Manager of People Operations know, who will ensure that interviewers and other employees know what pronouns to use when referring to you. Azavea’s office does not have single-use, gender-neutral restrooms, but we encourage you to use the bathroom that you are most comfortable with.

Other concerns

We can’t anticipate the needs of every candidate, but if it wasn’t already clear, we want you to feel enthusiastically welcome at Azavea. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do to ensure you have that experience.

Still have questions?

Contact us at: info@azavea.com or 215.925.2600

We look forward to getting to know you!

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