An interview can be a terrifying thing. The only way to get better at them is practice, but getting that practice can be tricky, too. In a 1:1 conversation with Mailchimp’s VP of Development, Eric Muntz, I’d mentioned an idea for using my 16 hours of volunteer time. We’d been talking about an internal event we’d held last year, Mailchimp Gives Hack. Over 2 days we worked with 3 local organizations to rebuild and enhance their websites. All of the volunteers loved sharing their technical knowledge with these organizations, and we wanted to host something similar this year but hadn’t planned anything yet.
I was thinking about holding community office hours for career coaching and letting folks practice some interviewing skills. As a Software Engineering Manager at Mailchimp, I strive to hire a curious, kind, and thoughtful team.
But conducting interviews takes practice, too! When I mentioned the idea to Eric, he suggested we go bigger. Why not open it to the engineering community, create something that helps people outside of Mailchimp’s walls, while also broadening our own perspectives? Just like that, we started organizing our first Mailchimp Gives (Feed)back event.