- AJ Eckstein hosts “The Final Round” podcast interviewing recruiters at top companies on hiring.
- He spoke to Alex Bader and Lauren Turrisi, two talent leads at Snap Inc.
- They shared advice on how to get your foot in the door at the social-media giant.
According to Statistica’s 2022 report, with over 332 million daily active users, Snapchat is the 6th most popular social-media platform in the US and the 11th most popular social-media platform in the world.
I host of The Final Round Podcast, spoke with two lead business recruiters at Snap Inc., the parent company of the Gen Z social-media brand Snapchat, about their recruitment process.
Snap has expanded its workforce to roughly 6,131 full-time employees in Q1 2022 — up 51% from the previous year — to support its grand ambitions in areas like augmented reality, short-form video, and original shows.
The company is currently advertising approximately 300 full-time roles and 2 internship spots across 22 teams in 40 locations according to their career portal.
According to Insider’s analysis of public data, the base salaries for certain US employees at Snap hired between October 2020 and December 2021 ranged from $50,315 to $500,000 a year.
Alex Bader and Lauren Turrisi are two lead business recruiters at Snap. They have a combined 20 years in talent-acquisition experience, including Bader’s eight years as a talent manager at
Here’s their best advice for impressing interviewers and landing a job at the social-media giant that they shared in conversation with me on my podcast.
Snap recruiters are in your corner
Bader wants potential Snap candidates to understand that “recruiters are on your side, and they really do have candidates’ backs.”
While the recruitment process can seem daunting and include a wave of unknowns, “candidates should not read too much into anything,” Bader said.
She told me the talent-acquisition team prioritizes “advocating for candidates and sharing feedback when applicable.” She reassures applicants that recruiters were once candidates as well, and they know how competitive the job market has become.
Avoid answering the “Why Snapchat?” interview question incorrectly
During interviews, Turrisi told me that aside from learning about a candidate’s prior experience, they want to “understand what excited the candidate about Snap.”
Turrisi said the interview is a great time for candidates to showcase their understanding of the company, the role, and the industry.
When they ask candidates the inevitable “Why Snap?” interview question, both recruiters agreed the biggest mistake candidates make is giving a general answer such as, “I use Snapchat every day.”
Bader recommends candidates conduct a deeper dive into Snap before speaking to a recruiter: Research what brands they own, company news, and how the candidate aligns with the company values. “Be sure to research the company in detail before you talk to a recruiter,” Bader said.
Reach out to relevant Snap employees before recruiters
“Most recruiters are inundated with countless messages daily. It is challenging for recruiters to respond to everyone with their limited time,” Bader said.
Bader and Turrisi agree that it’s more impressive to reach out to a current Snap employee.
“Find someone at the business that you’re interested in that can give you insight into the company and the culture, and then you in turn can tell them a little bit about yourself and what you’re interested in,” Bader said.
Most companies have a strong referral program; Bader suggested current employees are often “happy to advocate for you.”
Thank-you notes make you stand out
According to Turrisi, “Thank-you notes go a long way since they showcase your interest and eagerness for the role and company.”
Turrisi said that employees — especially recruiters — are busy, and thank-you notes create an added touchpoint after a conversation or interview.
However, candidates need to remember to be intentional with their notes.
Bader reminded candidates to tailor and proofread their thank-you notes before sending them. She has received countless messages over the years saying “I hope to work at
,” as a Snap recruiter.
Recruiters are aware that candidates might be interviewing at multiple companies, but they still need to pause and be thoughtful with their messages.