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Want to work at Unity? Here’s how our hiring process works

, November 5, 2020

Unity’s success is grounded in its employees. We are growing rapidly and hiring globally. Read on to know what you can expect during the hiring process and what we’re looking for in a candidate.

Unity is growing at an amazing rate, and we want to make sure we do it right. As much as who we hire, how we hire defines our future success. We believe a good employee-employer relationship is based on transparency, and that starts before you’re even hired. If you’re interested in a career at Unity, we want to set you up with the best chance to succeed. 

In this blog post we’ll cover how we interview for our core values and skills, what a typical hiring process at Unity looks like, and some tips on answering interview questions.

 

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What we ask you

At Unity, we use structured interviewing. This interview style means that we ask the same questions to every candidate interviewing for the same role. We use structured interviewing as it minimizes biases and ensures we’re assessing candidates against the role and not against one another. 

An interview at Unity consists of mainly behavioral skills-based questions. We use these questions to assess both your suitability to the position that you’re interviewing for and your fit with our values and culture.

We believe we can learn more about you based on your past experience than from theoretical questions. You can expect questions to start with some of the following:

  • “Tell me about a time when…”
  • “Give an example of when…”
  • “Describe a situation where…” 

We’re not here to trick you or trip you up, and our interviewers have been trained to support you in answering the questions.  

What we are looking for: leaders

When we interview candidates, we look for evidence of four core skills as a sign of a good potential fit for Unity. These four skills form our leadership training which is open to all of our employees. We teach, support and encourage these four core skills designed to drive our internal framework of growth at Unity. 

Active listening 

Engaging in a conversation, clarifying key points and confirming your understanding are the components of actively listening. We look for curiosity, an open mindset and the ability to delve deeper into points that require further exploration or clarification.

Driving for alignment 

Active listening is a huge factor behind driving for alignment. When we drive for alignment, everyone’s voice is heard and best ideas win; the result is a decision that everyone is aligned on.

Fierce feedback 

Giving feedback is tough to do, but it’s important. When you give feedback, negative or positive, directly and succinctly it lets you correct issues quickly as well as recognize great work.

Building relationships

As a company with global customer reach, it is vital to know how to build external relationships. Being geographically dispersed, we also need to forge relationships internally. We do this through respect and empathy.

To give you some insight into how we measure these skills, here are example interview questions. 

Example questions used to assess leadership skills

What’s important to us

Our values are at the heart of what we do. They’re important to us, and we want them to be important to you too. During the hiring process, we look for how you embody and act on these principles.

Users first 

We put users first…they are rock stars and we are their biggest fans. Our shared dedication to users holds us together, defines and aligns our work and drives us to deliver for them.

We look for candidates who: 

  • Consistently keep the needs of users top of mind (whether the “users” are external customers or internal stakeholders)
  • Successfully build relationships with colleagues and users
  • Listen by engaging and understanding different perspectives

Best ideas win 

We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We have vigorous debates, we listen and learn, and we make sure the best ideas win. We care enough to go through the pain of messy conversations.

We look for candidates who: 

  • Are open to others ideas and inputs
  • Believe in working towards a greater good, not just their own agenda

In it together 

We are Citizens of Unity. We act like owners. We’re activists; we have a voice and use it. We’re direct and candid, with good intent. We respect each other’s uniqueness and we’re in it together.

We look for candidates who:

  • Effectively communicate with team members 
  • Are open to giving, seeking and receiving feedback 
  • Lead with empathy and respect for themselves and others
  • Recognize that we all have things to learn

Go bold 

We do bold things. We go big and when we fail, we learn, get better and go big again. We challenge and elevate each other beyond our limits to do what may seem impossible. We stay curious and hungry.  

We look for candidates who: 

  • Are curious and like to solve problems
  • Challenge the status quo and take calculated risks
  • Strive to learn from mistakes, without demanding perfection

How we live our values

Empathy, Respect & Opportunity tie together our leadership skills and values

At Unity, we are committed to promoting an inclusive workplace. When people of various backgrounds and ethnicities come together, problems are solved more effectively and make way for positive change.  For more information, see here.

Inclusion is part of Unity’s DNA. It is how we harness our leadership skills to live our values.   

Empathy fuels connection by recognizing the perspectives and experiences of others, even if you don’t connect to those experiences. Respect builds trust through empathetic actions demonstrating an appreciation for individual differences. Opportunity supports equity through respect by empowering people to contribute, create, and lead based on their knowledge and experience.

We want to ensure we hire individuals who are aligned with Unity’s culture of an inclusive workplace grounded in Empathy, Respect & Opportunity.

The stages you go through

A high-level overview of our hiring process

Our Recruiting team has developed a hiring and interview process that is aligned across our global offices, right down to the questions we ask.

Recruiter phone screen

Whether you have applied through the careers section of our website or we have approached you, your journey as a candidate starts with an application review. If your experience looks like a good fit for the role we want to fill, a member of our Recruitment team will invite you for a phone interview.

What can you expect? This is typically a 30-minute informal phone call that lets us find out a bit more about you, tell you more about Unity and about the opportunity, and answer any initial questions you may have. 

Hiring manager review/screen 

If a candidate appears to be a good fit, the recruiter presents them to the hiring manager. If the hiring manager agrees, our Recruitment Operations team schedules the next step.  

What can you expect? This tends to be a 30-45-minute phone or video call where the hiring manager delves further into your experience relevant to the role. They will ask you situational questions (more on this below) and will answer any role-specific questions you have.

Skills assessment

After the hiring manager screen, we assess the skills relevant to the job.

What can you expect? It’s not just technical roles that require a skills assessment; depending on the role, we may assess a variety of soft skills too, including writing and communication skills.

“Onsite” meeting

If you pass the skills assessment, we’ll invite you to meet more of the team.

What can you expect? We’ll send you the agenda beforehand so you know who you are meeting and how long it will take. Your onsite interviews will also involve questions that assess how your values align with how we work at Unity.*

*We have tweaked our processes to accommodate remote interviewing during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can read more about what to expect in our interviewing guides.

Reference checks

The final stage, before we can extend an offer, is for us to check your references.

What can you expect? We ask you to provide contact details for a selection of your former managers, colleagues, peers or direct reports. Don’t worry – we don’t need to contact your current employer. 

Find your role

Take a look at our career openings to see what roles are currently available around the world.

Depending on the role that you’re applying for, you can find lots of relevant videos, blog posts and other online content to help you prepare. And make sure you cover these basics:

We look forward to getting to know you!

3 replies on “Want to work at Unity? Here’s how our hiring process works”

This is an extremely helpful and insightful blog that is an invaluable resource for people like myself who want to join the Unity family. Your values and respect for one another alone gives me the drive to want to join and I cannot thank you enough for sharing this!

Everyone I know from the header image is from the Montreal office. So proud of the diversity of the office and the city. I miss all you folks. :)

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