For Spring 2016, CCTechTours organized its first virtual site visit by skyping with Gabriel Dillion, a CCT alum who works for Algolia, a tech start up that helps users deliver intuitive search-as-you-type experiences on their websites and mobile apps.
We met some of Dillion’s colleagues in both the Paris and San Francisco offices. The uniqueness of the set up and his openness to anything that we wanted to learn more about led to conversations on what as employers they look for in applicants. Big pointers included “has an applicant done anything interesting such as made an impactful change in their program or previous job?” and “has the applicant done their research on us? Because we can tell when they haven’t.” They also gave insights on what they have learned while working after graduate school. Dillion recommended that while in school, we should keep a list of the goals we want to accomplish professionally, as well as what kind of work environment we want. Harder than it sounds, but worth it when we graduate! The experience of our first virtual tour went well and we learned a lot about start ups, preparing for graduation, and insight on what employers really look for in applicants. -Tara Jabbari '17