Working in Front-end Development

Sokratis wanted to be a software engineer from an early age. True to his passion,
since joining Workable he continues to introduce new technologies and drive the platform on to the next level.

Workable is...
Polished, growing, well-networked
- Sokratis Vidros

Where were you born?

Chios island, Greece.

Describe yourself in three words:

Loud, ingenious, gourmet.

Describe your first job:

I used to help my family out with agricultural jobs. I grew up in the hills. My parents weren’t farmers themselves, but my extended family owned land and were farmers. When I was 10-12 years old I would spend most of my summer holidays helping on the farms, picking olives and corn.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

A software engineer!

What’s your favorite food?

Spicy lobster pasta.

What do you like to do outside of work?

Water sports and hanging out with friends.

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I windsurf, which is about as adventurous as it gets for me.

Describe your role at Workable:

I’m the tech-lead for the front-end chapter of the Product department. I work on our sourcing products, including People Search. Massively powerful, People Search is an easy-to-use tool for sourcing passive candidates.

Training across our team is ongoing. It plays a crucial role in giving us the skills and knowledge we need to introduce new technologies, revise old decisions, and lead the platform to the next level.

What’s your average working day / week like?

We use agile principles at Workable – the method we follow is Scrum. This means that we have planning meetings at the start of each sprint and then a daily scrum to assess our progress. In a typical day we’ll also have one or two stand-ups with different specialist teams.

When did you join Workable?

I started with Workable in 2012 as the second engineer to join the team. I joined the company before we even had any clients! In the beginning, just a few people were responsible for everything – from building the product to marketing and operations. This gave me a great opportunity to see every aspect of running a business. As the company grew, new teams formed and we were able to focus more on developing the product. Now we have different specialist teams dedicated solely to developing different applications: the core ATS; our mobile platform; syndication; sourcing; and data science.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I like engineering things. I work with a highly skilled and creative team who are equally as passionate about what they do. Over the past few years we’ve started to publish more of our business projects on GitHub. It’s something we like to do and are encouraged to do. Lots of our developers enjoy doing this, and we plan to build on this in the future.

Have you changed your role since joining Workable?

Yes, in the beginning I was working as a back-end developer on the core ATS product. As the product evolved, so did my role. I moved on to become a front-end developer on the same product. Since 2015, I’ve been working as a full-stack developer on the Sourcing team. In my new role I get to take part in candidate interviews, which is something I really enjoy.

What impresses you in a candidate?

We’re looking for people with an engineering mindset. We’re obviously interested in their skillset too. We ask a lot of questions and cover a wide range of technologies during our interviews to find out their experience level in different areas. But we’re not looking for candidates to excel in every section. We’re more interested in seeing if they can answer coherently and clearly and demonstrate intuition and creativity. We’re also looking for the best cultural fit. A lot of candidates have all the right skills and experience, but we’re also interested in finding out how their personal qualities relate to the job they’re applying for. By having an informal, friendly chat about them, finding out about their hobbies and life outside of work, we get a good insight into how they might operate in a work environment and if that fits in with us.

What’s on your desk?

An iMac workstation.

What training have you done since joining Workable and how did it impact your work?

Training across our team is ongoing. It plays a crucial role in giving us the skills and knowledge we need to introduce new technologies, revise old decisions, and lead the platform to the next level.

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