If you're looking for a sprawling office filled with desks, a hushed silence and feverishly typing coworkers, Audible is not the company for you. When candidates first walk into any of the Audible offices—whether in Newark, NJ, Cambridge, MA or Berlin, DE —there's undeniable energy. "It’s a warm, friendly and energetic atmosphere where people are working hard to build great products and having fun while doing it," says Aviv Wecler, Director of Tech Recruiting at Audible. And it's got nothing to do with the company perks, instead, it's built into the fiber of the people.
"At Audible, we seek out people who embody the behaviors associated with the Audible People Principles. Our People Principles celebrate who we are and where we've been and guide the way we work shoulder to shoulder to enhance the lives of our millions of customers. They reflect and apply to everyone who works at Audible—be customer obsessed, imagine and invent before they ask, draw inspiration from culture and technology, activate caring, and articulate the possible and move fast to make it real."
Audible is the leading creator and provider of premium digital spoken audio content, offering customers a rich destination for insight and inspiration to enhance their daily lives. They are on a mission "to unleash the power of the spoken word.” To do that, they're amassing a talented group of software development engineers, data scientists, UX pros, communications experts and more. However, applying for a role at Audible won't be like any other hiring process. Audible promises the "white glove" treatment.
"We know that there are many opportunities available for Tech professionals today, so we have made a specific effort to control that which we have control over and have received high praise from candidates because of the candidate experience we provide," says Wecler. "We like to call it “humanizing the experience”. We spend time getting to know a candidate’s interests and what’s important to them. We provide a comprehensive walkthrough of what they are going to experience in the interviews and prepare them for each step of the way. Our interviews are not easy and we want to make sure that candidates are prepared for the process. Candidates have told us they feel the Recruiting team is a partner to them in their interview journey."
Now that we've piqued your interest, here we lay out how to get a coveted job at Audible. Take notes!
Get to Know Audible
You may think it’s impossible to know whether a company is perfect for you until after you’ve snagged the job. But with a bit of research—and asking some important questions—you can determine whether a company is the right fit for you before you accept an offer.
"I strongly believe that in order to be a successful employee at Audible, we must demonstrate the behaviors associated with our People Principles," says Wecler. Whether you’re developing new content, working on an impressive tech stack, or introducing Audible to people around the globe, you’ll be part of a diverse group of firestarters who motivate and inspire each other through the stories we bring to life.
Our People Principles guide the way Audible employees work to enhance the lives of customers. "It starts with a focus on the customer and making deliberate choices to positively impact them. And, while we are working hard to deliver on our goals we “Activate Caring” by creating an environment where people are respectful."
Prepare for the Audible Interview
Knowing that there are many opportunities for tech professionals, Audible goes the extra mile to interview thoroughly and thoughtfully. One Glassdoor review sums up the typical interview process nicely:
“The interview consisted of one call with the recruiter with some background questions, then a technical phone screening with a software developer from the company with some behavioral questions in the beginning followed by two coding questions on a live codeshare site. Then I was brought onsite with 5 rounds of interviews, around 45min-1hour each.” —Software Developer Engineer Interview Review
The application and interview process differs from role to role, but some of the ways we get to know you include your online application, assessments, phone interviews and onsite interviews. Onsite interview candidates can expect a 360-degree view of the company.
"Candidates are paired up with a lunch buddy to take a break from the interviews and to get a feel for the environment outside of the interview rooms. They’ll get a tour of our Newark campus and may get a peek behind the scenes of the content creation process with a tour of Audible studios," Wecler reveals.
As the Director of Tech Recruiting, Wecler shared that he tends to ask behavioral interview questions "or questions that will allow the candidate to share real stories about their past." Getting to know the candidate is important for him and his recruiters, who use the STAR technique. "I am looking for teammates who can help make us better at what we do - improve the way we work, make the candidate experience stronger, bring creative ideas to recruitment. For example, 'tell me about a time you had an idea to fix something that was broken or improve a process and were able to execute and deliver on that idea'."
Consider a New City
Headquartered in Newark, New Jersey, Audible has done a tremendous amount of work to both improve and give back to the city. Sure, its neighbor New York City has all the marquee flash, but Wecler says that Newark is a gem and worthy of candidates considering relocation.
"I didn’t grow up in New Jersey but have grown to appreciate all that it has to offer. Newark, NJ is located in one of the most vibrant metro areas in the world. You should consider moving to this area if you want to be exposed to true diversity. We have a diversity of culture with a brilliant spectrum of ethnic and religious backgrounds."
In Newark, Audible supports students in low-income, under-resourced communities by providing high-quality literacy programs in schools, comprehensive high school and college internships, a dedicated scholarship program, and large-scale community engagement programs. Candidates looking for purpose, have found a corporate partner.
"If you are looking to be a part of a comeback story - something big - and make a positive impact on society then you should join us in Newark," says Wecler. "Audible is redefining what a modern technology company means and is making a positive impact in our community through a number of exciting efforts. If you are mission-driven person Audible in Newark is a great place to be."
Invest in the Long-Term
Since joining Audible in 2015, Wecler has been inspired by his colleagues who have made Audible a long-term career choice. After all, the company has been around since 1997 and has made technical innovation an unflinching priority. "Audible has been around for over 20 years and has proven it can stay relevant in rapidly changing times which speaks to the culture of innovation. While Audible already has a very successful business, we all feel there is still tremendous opportunity to grow," he says.
For current Audible employees, it’s also the "real and tangible impact" that they have on their customers' lives that keeps them motivated. Wecler says, "we get to hear directly from our listeners via phone calls, tweets, emails, home videos sharing stories about what Audible means to them and their families and these stories are very inspiring. Some people may come to us simply to help make their commute more enjoyable while others come to us to help with solving literacy challenges. The impact is meaningful."
If you're looking for a company where you can invest five years or more and are looking to innovate, Audible may be right for you. “We create innovative experiences and immersive stories so that people can feel the power of voice anywhere, anytime, without disruptions,” says Wecler. "As a modern company at the center of media, technology and storytelling Audible must evolve and adapt with the changing times and employees are expected to adapt and grow too."