Wendy Murphy, LinkedIn
Wendy Murphy, senior HR director, LinkedIn EMEA. Image: LinkedIn

LinkedIn is hiring! But who is it looking for?

15 May 2017

LinkedIn currently has more than 60 positions available in its Dublin office. Do you think you fit the bill?

Are you fluent in other languages? You might be the perfect candidate for LinkedIn and, as luck would have it, its Dublin office is currently hiring.

The company announced in November last year that more than 200 jobs would be coming to its Dublin EMEA office.

Now, with development of a second building well underway, LinkedIn is looking for more than 60 more people to join its team.

Wendy Murphy, senior HR director at LinkedIn EMEA, said the company is looking for everything from data scientists to salespeople.

She said that language skills were the key underlying component to the jobs. “We service over 80 countries from this hub and so we hire native language speakers,” she said.

Murphy added that languages were very important as the Dublin office is one of the only LinkedIn offices globally that has every single function.

“We have 39 different nationalities on-site and we speak about 29 different languages,” she said.

What skills do I need to work at LinkedIn?

So, if you’re interested in applying for one of the jobs on offer at LinkedIn, what kind of skills other than languages would help?

“On the data science side, it’s obviously analytics,” said Murphy. “From a sales perspective, it’s enterprise sales and SMB sales, and being able to do solution selling.”

‘Culture is the core of LinkedIn’

Outside of technical capabilities and skills, Murphy said the company also looks for cultural fit. “Culture is the core of LinkedIn,” she said.

“We hire people that are authentic, that are agile in their learning, always wanting to learn more and better themselves as professionals.” She added that they are seeking nice people that treat others with respect.

Murphy also discussed LinkedIn’s recruitment process. As a data company, it measures everything and strives to improve things all the time.

“We have this score called NPS (net promoter score), which is what a lot of marketing companies would use for their products.”

LinkedIn asked its candidates if they would recommend the recruitment process. Murphy said they strive for 100pc, not only from candidates who were successful, but also from those who didn’t get the job.

“We’re close to 90pc in our NPS for people who didn’t get the job because they had such an amazing experience the whole way through,” she said.

Before you apply for a job at the company, are you worried about your own LinkedIn profile letting you down? While you should definitely make it the best it can be, try not to worry too much.

“Do we see profiles that need a bit of work? Yes, absolutely, but that doesn’t mean that we discount those people,” said Murphy.

“During the interview process, we coach them on how to make their profile better and what would make them stand out versus another candidate.”

What’s in it for me?

Murphy said that LinkedIn prides itself on its diverse workforce. “Diversity is a huge area of focus for us, as it is for most companies in the tech space,” she said.

“But what’s been quite unique about LinkedIn is that we’ve added one word to the narrative, which is ‘belonging’.”

Murphy said they’ve created an environment that ensures everyone feels like they belong in some way, shape or form.

LinkedIn also puts a lot of resources into wellness, such as giving every employee one ‘InDay’ per month to focus on themselves. It also offers each employee €1,200 per year to spend on something wellness-related, which can be anything from a spa day to emergency babysitting.

Murphy said LinkedIn have also partnered with external company Mumager, which is all about helping mothers return to work. “We’re doing some more exciting things around families first and flexible working,” she said.

All available jobs in Dublin can be viewed on LinkedIn’s site.

Jenny Darmody
By Jenny Darmody

Jenny Darmody became the deputy editor of Silicon Republic in 2020, having worked as the careers editor until June 2019. When she’s not writing about the science and tech industry, she’s writing short stories and attempting novels. She continuously buys more books than she can read in a lifetime and pretty stationery is her kryptonite. She also believes seagulls to be the root of all evil and her baking is the stuff of legends.

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