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M&T Recruiting in 30 Seconds – Airbnb Frontend Engineer

by Ian Sibner, M&T Class of 2016

by Ian Sibner, M&T Class of 2016

In this series, M&T seniors share their after graduation plans and tips for navigating on-campus recruiting (OCR). 

Name: Ian Sibner
Hometown: Yardley, PA
Major/Concentration(s): Computer Science with a concentration in Management – Entrepreneurship & Innovation

Where will you be working after graduation and in what role?
I’ll be working at Airbnb as a frontend software engineer, writing JavaScript for their website.

What made you want to work at Airbnb?
I’ve had a few internships for frontend roles and really enjoyed it, so I knew that I wanted to be a frontend engineer. Airbnb is one of the top companies in Silicon Valley when it comes to web design, so it’s been on my radar for a while. However, what really made Airbnb stand out to me was its lightning-fast growth and entrepreneurial culture. It’s the perfect place to make a big impact and really flex all the skills I’ve learned in Engineering and Wharton.

How did your M&T experience prepare you for this role?
I’ll be writing a lot of code at Airbnb, so the top-notch computer science education at Penn Engineering was essential. But while coding is great, it’s important to keep the big picture in mind, especially at a tech company where employees have a big say in the company’s new initiatives and overall direction. A business education really helps with this, especially the M&T-specific classes (MGMT 235 and MGMT 237) that are geared towards technological innovation and entrepreneurship.

What are you most looking forward to about being a Airbnb employee?
I’m really excited to be back in San Francisco, which is an amazing city (even though it’s a bit far from my home in the suburbs of Philadelphia). I’ll also have some Airbnb credits that I can use to do a lot of world traveling, which I’m really looking forward to. Finally, the perks at Airbnb are not to be underestimated. There’s a reason they were the #1-rated workplace on Glassdoor – the office is seriously awesome!

What tips do you have for M&Ts going through the full-time recruiting process in the future?
Prepare early and thoroughly. Talk with classmates and alumni who are in the roles that you want – they can give you a much better sense of what to expect during an interview. Reach out to firms that you think are interesting, even if they don’t do OCR at Penn. And don’t be afraid to turn down an interview or an offer if a firm is a bad fit for you!

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