Q: What do you do at Jumio?
A: Since October last year I’ve been one of our iOS Developers and besides looking to bring daily improvements to our iOS SDK I’m striving to ensure our development processes are as efficient as possible. Besides that I’m also trying to develop my own skills on a daily basis.
Q: What was Jumio’s selling point for you – What made you say “I wanna work there!”?
A: Despite already having a good job offer, I had a call with Lukas Danzer (Jumio’s Mobile Team Lead). At the beginning I told him that I didn’t want to waste his time, because of that other offer. But his confidence in that open and honest talk, during which he explained what Jumio is working on and how the company wants to push forward, was convincing me that I had to decline the other offer to proceed with Jumio’s application process. During this talk we had so many different aspects of developing in common and I think for me that was really the main selling point – aside from the daily benefits 😉
Q: Before Jumio, did you have similar experiences at previous companies or was this rather new to you when you started?
A: Before joining Jumio I was working in a digital agency and a start up, both based in Linz. I made a lot of friends over the years, but the spirit and the culture is not comparable with my other workplaces.
At Jumio everyone is really open and wants to get in touch, especially if you are new.
That paired together with all the different cultures is really interesting and everyday you’re able to learn something new!
Q: What didn’t you expect about the role?
A: Definitely the involvement as a developer into defining new features or to discuss a new approach to improve the user interface and user experience. At the beginning you may not be able to give a good input but you already get really good insights on how the rest of the team is thinking.
Q: How do you know when things are going really well?
A: On a non-personal side – if the metrics get better. On a personal side – if my work and engagement get acknowledged and appreciated. I’m really not the kind of person that needs to be thanked every time something has been done. But if you put in a lot of effort every day then an appreciation every now and then is really motivating and empowering for me.
I’d also like to add that while at Jumio, I got more appreciation for my work than in the last four years combined!
Q: What challenges did you face and what did you learn from that?
A: I had a really good on-boarding phase and was able to perform on a good level quickly. Shortly after that I was asked to develop a new feature and for that you needed to have a lot of knowledge in cryptography. Unfortunately, I only had basic knowledge about this but I was given the chance to try it for a week and then decide if I was capable of doing it or not. I learned a lot of different things while developing this feature and now it’s almost finished and will be released very soon.
Q: What would you say to potential employees wanting to work at Jumio? What qualities should they have?
A: I believe you should have a never-ending strive to improve yourself, eagerness to learn new things and to develop your own skill set.