Working at Kijiji: Q & A with Shawn

Kijiji is a great place to work - lots of smart people, a wide variety of projects to get involved in, a relaxed and fun work culture, and a product that everyone believes in.

We get lots of inquiries from people who are interested in working here, so I sat down with Shawn, our community manager, and one of the people making decisions about who to bring on board at Kijiji for many of our customer and client support roles, to gain some insight on the way we decide who is right for the team.

Q: What do you look for when interviewing and screening resumes?
A good fit. Our type of company is big on culture, so we want to ensure that the person would be comfortable in this type of fast paced environment.

Q: How would you describe our company culture?
We work hard and play hard – things are fast paced, mobile, “fluid” I think is a good way to put it. And, we’re very social.

Q: How do we maintain that culture?
We recruit very competitively – seek out top talent, offer a great work environment, a cool work atmosphere. We hope to gain employees that we can retain for the long term. We engage them, and ensure they feel they are part of the process and the company’s development. We often engage in various social events and things where we can communicate with people whom we don’t necessarily work with every day to get a better idea of how our business works and what everyone does.

Q: Do we recruit on Kijiji?
Yes we do – we use a number of areas including our own website. Obviously, we post jobs on Kijiji, but we also use a number of other websites including networking sites like LinkedIn.
(follow our LinkedIn Page for updates and job postings here)

Q: Do you have any advice for crafting a successful job posting on Kijiji?
Same rules apply as any other ad – needs good details, a catchy title, engaging information. If you can clearly identify the company you are recruiting for, offer plenty of good information, and ensure that you have posted to the correct category.

Q: Do you have any advice for smaller companies building up their teams?
Take advantage of your situation and promote the fact that recruits can help to build a business from the ground up. Small businesses offer people an opportunity to be part of all parts of the business and the planning process; you can get your hands into many aspects of the business and learn about things that you may be disconnected from in a larger corporation, which gives you the chance to broaden your horizons and be a part of the bigger picture.

What type of things do you want to know about a company before you apply to work there? What would you like to know about working for Kijiji? Tweet us @Kijiji, or let us know in the comments!

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