FILE PHOTO: The logo of Shopify is seen outside its headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, September 28, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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Shopify, the e-commerce powerhouse known for creating technology that enables merchants and entrepreneurs to easily set up online stores, had a big 2020. 

The Ottawa-based company nimbly launched new products as the world went into lockdown, aiming to help business owners affected by the pandemic swiftly transition to online sales. It grew revenue by 86% year over year to reach $2.9 billion for 2020. At the same time, gross merchandise volume — or the total sales conducted on the platform — rose 96% in 2020 to reach $119.6 billion. 

In May 2020, the company announced it was going “digital by default,” meaning that all 5,000-plus employees can be fully remote indefinitely. And in November 2020, the platform that powers brands like Allbirds and Kylie Cosmetics posted its biggest Cyber Monday traffic and sales ever. 

The growth is continuing into 2021: Shopify plans to double its engineering team by hiring more than 2,000 new technical roles this year. At the same time, it is aiming to make some key leadership hires as three members of its C-suite plan to depart in the coming months. 

What does it take to land a job at Shopify? To get a better picture of the company’s hiring process and what they look for, Insider spoke with Tammy Connelly, director of talent acquisition, Prasanna Ranganathan, diversity and belonging lead, and Kiana Mohseni, director of engineering.

Together, these three employees offer insight into what a strong application looks like, how to prepare for interviews, what experiences they’re looking for, and how to use the interview process to get to know the company. 

Here’s what we learned.

Consider how you align with the company’s mission

Shopify’s mission is to “make commerce better for everyone.” That’s not just a phrase the company put on its website never to be mentioned again — the …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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