Ask a Recruiter: Landing a Job as a Mobile Engineer at Noom

by | Aug 4, 2021 | Last updated Jun 13, 2022

Dan Kim is a technical sourcer focused on building out the mobile engineering teams here at Noom. We caught up with him to share insights on the team, what he looks for in prospective candidates, how to prepare for the interview, and more. Read on below!

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Dan and I’m a Technical Sourcer here at Noom. I’ve been here for a couple of years and have helped build a variety of teams including data science, growth product, and design, but now I focus on scaling our mobile engineering teams. I’m also a new father of a beautiful baby girl and it’s a wonderfully challenging and fulfilling journey.

What roles are you focused on hiring for now?

I’m focused on hiring for Senior iOS Engineers, Senior Android Engineers, as well as a Technical Lead Managers. Since we are a mobile-first company, many mission-critical projects rely on our mobile engineers. Our mobile engineers build and enhance all aspects of our core behavior change programs, scale our mobile infrastructure, and conduct experiments.

At the end of the day, our mobile engineers are trying to build a life-changing product that positively impacts the lives of others.

What behaviors would add value to the Mobile Engineering teams?

Here at Noom, we’re passionate people who treat everyone like family and try not to take ourselves too seriously so humility goes a long way. Our mobile engineers are humble and it shows through their communication skills and attitude. They’re patient and available to help non-technical folks understand technical concepts, they’re open-minded and welcome new methods to solve problems, and they invest in the growth and success of their teammates. At the end of the day, our mobile engineers are trying to build a life-changing product that positively impacts the lives of others so approaching things from that vantage point would be a value add to the mobile engineering team.

What would you recommend for mobile engineers to make themselves more competitive?

Stay up to date with mobile technology and be a lifelong learner. If your company is slow to adopt new technologies, which isn’t necessarily a negative because some companies are so large that it takes time to transition to something new, build projects on the side using new languages that challenge you and help you grow in different areas. Also, it’s beneficial to have strong core engineering skills that are not mobile-related.

As a recruiter, what do you look for when you evaluate candidates?

There are a variety of things that I look for but ultimately, I try to understand a snapshot of any candidate’s journey starting with their educational background. I look to see if they’ve dedicated time to learn about their core function through formal education or other forms of learning like online courses or bootcamps. I also like to look at their career history. Have they grown within their previous companies? Have they made a pivot in their career? What has been their overall career trajectory? These are some questions that run through my mind. Any unanswered questions are areas that I will dig deeper into during my initial chat with the candidate. Other things I like to learn are the candidate’s motivators and career goals and whether their communication skills are strong.

Think about what is motivating you to look for new opportunities and what drives you in your career.

How can someone best prepare for their first interview with you?

Be yourself! I want to learn more about you. Be prepared to talk about your past technical challenges and how you solved them, and help me, a non-technical person, understand it. Also, think about what is motivating you to look for new opportunities and what drives you in your career so we can have a productive conversation to see if Noom can be a fit for you.

Interested in joining the Noomily? Check out all of our open roles here.