At Prolific Interactive, our engineers are craftspeople. We don’t just build products that work – we care about how they look and feel. We are always on the front lines of product development and innovation, continuously communicating with our agile team members from both Prolific and clients like ModCloth, Rent the Runway and Threadless to diagnose and resolve challenges effectively on a daily basis. As a Prolific engineer, you will be delivering best practices with every commit, feeling a comprehensive product ownership and taking pride in what you’re doing.
Besides the craft, we value your personality. The core culture here is all about the Prolific Ps, who are creative and ambitious professionals with a good “Prolific” sense of humor. We are also self-motivated team players who will work hard to get things right and keep everything simple. Our engineers love sharing ideas. These could be as trivial as a code review comment to the teammates, as casual as a dev talk or lunch & learn to the company, or as thoughtful as a blog post or conference speech to the world. Last but not least, you will find no dogmas (except loving America!) here and we encourage you to be, simply, you. We embrace and celebrate difference. As a matter of fact, the culture crossover among states (even countries!) in Prolific has greatly impacted our teams, our products and our community.
This is why it matters how we hire engineers. We are looking for a generalist, a leader, a visionary. You must be a team-oriented person who can not only get things done but also make things right. As for our responsibility to you, Prolific must be a place you’ll thrive. To ensure that, we continuously refine our interview and hiring processes.
Our interview process usually involves a pre-screen interview with our human resources manager, a phone/onsite interview with a senior engineer, a collaborative code test and onsite interviews at our Dumbo or SoMA office. Pretty standard recipe, but we do add in some Prolific spice to make it a little different.
During each interview, we skip the cliches and dive right into discussing what we are looking for, as well as what we can offer to set you up for success. Unlike others, we will never put you on the spot within unrealistic contexts or drill you for one right textbook answer. Instead, we always work closely together with you to explore, resolve, or improve a real mobile product issue, just like we will in your future routines with Prolific. For instance, as part of the onsite interviews, you get a chance to pair-program with a senior engineer to share your thought process about your code test and make it a better product.
After each interview, the hiring team regroups and shares feedback to ensure we are making the right decision. This decision is based on the role-related knowledge, culture fit and your potential to become a sexy long-term “Prolific P”. We collect and review feedback from all interviewers to confirm we are always hiring the right candidate for the right role, and for Prolific.
Our tips for getting hired? Throw away the interview cookbooks, pick a comfortable spot, and talk “you” to us. Your passion, ambition and vision matter as much as your profession. All we ask for is a frank conversation about you and Prolific. You may also find more insight from our engineers’ feedback about their interview experience with us:
“During the technical interview, I saw how important it is for Prolific to produce clean and efficient code, so I knew I would learn a lot by joining the Prolific iOS engineers.” — Thibault Klein, iOS Engineer
“The initial take-home test was a great balance between allowing me to experiment with how to present the functionality and content as well as show my technical ability in understanding core Objective-C concepts and design patterns. Other companies’ tests can be very technically in-depth, which is discouraging because it restricts time for the creative process in developing an intuitive UI. I believe that companies who are looking for developers that not only can program a functional/scalable app but have an inclination to what it takes for a product to be successful are on the right path.” — Julio Rivera, iOS Engineer
“During the entire process, I had conversations with several different people, and each one was engaging and interesting; I felt like we were having a dialogue instead of a question and answer.” — Christopher Jones, iOS Engineer
We truly believe that great minds think alike. As a family, we are more than delighted to invite you to take a little trip with us and learn more about Prolific Interactive. So, if you can see yourself instagramming with us, you’d better reach out. Or we will find you.