We’re excited to spotlight Eugene Matvejev, who recently secured a role at Discovery Inc. through the Hired platform. Let’s get to know a little bit about his diverse background and career journey.
I went into ‘gymnasium’ back in my homeland of Latvia, which is an academically rigorous secondary school. It’s designed for students who plan to pursue college degrees.
Afterwards, I attended Riga Technical University (RTU) in Latvia and earned a Bachelors of Engineering in Computer Science. Although I have the degree, I consider myself self-taught in many ways. I’ve attended lots of IT meetups, conferences, and mentored people who wanted to get into the tech industry.
These days I am more interested in approaches, rather than code examples, as approaches are transferable. Code is usually bound to the framework, language, and/or library.
I do team leadership and I mentor people. I try to help them use their passion and empower them to achieve even greater results. It’s very rewarding.
I joined Discovery, Inc., a company I’ve admired since early childhood. It’s been a great experience and I’m very happy.
Related: Discovery, Inc. was recently named to the inaugural Hired’s 2021 List of Top Employers Winning Tech Talent. See highlights from the List here.
I’ve had mixed experiences with traditional, or what I consider to be “old school” recruiters. Some spend little time getting to know you or provide feedback. Some spend a lot of time on sync ups, which is hard to track and reply quickly, if you’re a busy person like me. If there are multiple recruiters from various companies or even contacts at the same organization, it can be a challenge to coordinate calendars.
In Hired, it’s easy to communicate with recruiters and set up interviews. If you see a slot, click it and you’re done! If companies keep conversations inside the platform, invites are sent properly, they’re easy to find, and nothing gets missed.
I would say, be polite and respond as quickly as you can. People definitely appreciate it. Also, be upfront about what you’re looking for, such as remote or hybrid. I also dislike take-home tests, so I’m transparent about that. Instead I share my Github and the Githubs of people I’ve mentored. I also participate in pair programming and/or whiteboard sessions.
I like to check feedback on prospective companies on LinkedIn or Glassdoor, but what’s likely to affect your role most is the future manager. The right rapport with the manager is so important.