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Startup Tech Seattle: How to Prepare for a Startup Interview

August 25, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



What does it take to have a great interview at a startup? The answers may surprise you and will likely have you research, prepare and follow up differently than those interviews with enterprise-level companies. In this workshop with 15-year tech recruiting veteran and Cloutera Founder Angela Stugren, we will share with you the differences and walk you through the key things you should do, say, and be aware of so you can ace your next startup job interview! This will be an interactive session with insights abound for those looking to land jobs at startups and some behind-the-scenes things a startup manager can do when they are looking to hire.

What You’ll Walk Away With

  • An understanding of the difference between interviewing for a tech startup vs. an enterprise-level company
  • Research techniques that can better prepare you for your interview
  • An idea of how to gain hiring manager buy in and address concerns before they come up
  • The ability to keep the interview process moving forward
  • The top behavioral interview questions, why they ask them and how to answer them
  • Interview prep worksheets that will jumpstart your success

Meet the Speaker

Angela is the Founder and CEO of Cloutera, a firm that provides contract recruiting and in-house recruitment services to startups with aggressive hiring plans, and diversity recruitment and inclusion solutions for HR leaders seeking to augment their team. In 2015, while building Cloutera, Angela acted as the interim VP of Career Development for a national bootcamp, and created their first Career Readiness Training and Employer Partner Program to support their diverse group of graduating students. She has over 15 years or technical recruiting experience, has been involved in hundreds of technical hires across the PNW, and was previously a Managing Partner & Vice President of a Seattle staffing firm, managing day-to-day operations including both sales and recruiting. Angela enjoys developing recruiting programs that give startups an edge in competing for talent, and believes creating diverse and inclusive environments is the key to innovation.

About our Sponsor

Galvanize is the premiere dynamic learning community for technology. With campuses located in booming technology sectors throughout the country, Galvanize provides a community for each the following:

  • Education – part-time and full-time training in web development, data science, and data engineering
  • Workspace – whether you’re a freelancer, startup, or established business, we provide beautiful spaces with a community dedicated to support your company’s growth
  • Networking – events in the tech industry happen constantly in our campuses, ranging from popular Meetups to multi-day international conferences

To learn more about Galvanize, visit galvanize.com.


Galvanize Seattle – Pioneer Square
111 South Jackson Street
Seattle, WA 98104 US