How to Get a Job at Indeed
Remote Work: Yes
Benefit Rating: 7/10
Entry Level Jobs: Yes
Indeed Details & History
Indeed is a job listing and searching platform that aggregates results from company career sites, job boards, newspapers, and other sources. Indeed was launched in 2004 by Rony Kahan and Paul Forster, and has since grown to become one of the most popular job listing websites in the world.
A little-known fact: Indeed is owned by Recruit Holdings, a Japanese Company (CEO: Hisayuki Idekoba) that owns job-hunting media platforms all over the world. Recruit Holdings also owns Glassdoor, which makes Indeed and Glassdoor sister companies.
Indeed offers a plethora of features to help candidates find the right job, including the ability to search by location, title, and company, as well as a straightforward tool offerings like a resume builder and salary aggregator.
On the employer side, Indeed provides a robust platform to post job openings and screen candidate resumes. They also offer sponsored job listings and various recruitment tools.
Indeed Office Locations
Despite being owned by Recruit Holdings, we're going to focus this specifically on Indeed. Indeed is headquartered in Austin, Texas, but also has US offices in New York, San Francisco, San Mateo, Seattle, and Stamford (CT). They have a strong international brand and presence, including office locations in Dublin, Düsseldorf, Hyderabad, London, Paris, Sydney, Tokyo, Zürich, and Toronto.
Indeed's Primary Competitors
Indeed's primary competitor is Linkedin, for semi-obvious reasons. They also compete with Monster, ZipRecruiter and Handshake.
Indeed Hiring Details
Top Indeed Departments for Entry-Level Roles
- UX Design
Diversity at Indeed
Indeed self reports on diversity and inclusion on an annual basis, including things like updated goals and progress made. Women make up 42% of their overall workforce, and 36% of their leadership team. They're also very transparent about pay gaps, and have an extremely close differential between men and other groups. We loved this aspect of their report.
They list several other diversity factors in the report, but it's important to call out that 46% of their workforce in 2022 self-identified as non-white.
Is remote work allowed at Indeed?
Yeehaw, yes it is. In addition to their several offices, Indeed supports a full time work-from-home policy.
Does Indeed have good benefits?
In a word, yes. We've ranked their benefits package a 7/10. Some unique perks besides healthcare, 401k match (5% of base), and remote work:
- Unlimited PTO and sick time (a pro or con, depending on your stance)
- $80/month in cell phone reimbursement
- 16 weeks of maternity, and 6 of paternity
- Random "spot bonus" program for high performers (up to 60% of base!)
Indeed Interview Process
Who is Indeed looking to hire?
Indeed values people of all backgrounds to create community in their workforce. They especially seek out those who demonstrate their company values.
Indeed Company Values
- Jobseeker first
- Pay for performance
- Inclusion and belonging
Indeed Interview Process
The interview process for Indeed heavily depends on what position you're going out for. Expect a completely virtual process that lasts around 3 rounds and 4-6 weeks. If you're going out for a technical role, expect to have a coding challenge as part of round 2.
Round 1 Interview at Indeed: Recruiter Screen
A recruiter screen is extremely normal for larger companies to vet you for the role you're applying for. They will ask some "screener questions," often written by the hiring manager, to try and weed out the applicants who are not qualified to save everyone time. Expect to talk about previous experiences that mimic the wording in the job description.
Round 2 Interview at Indeed: Hiring Manager Interview
There will be a mix of technical and behavioral questions in this round. They'll be looking for things like critical thinking, thought processes, problem solving capabilities, and teamwork styles. If it's an engineering role, expect a couple coding challenges.
Round 3 Interview at Indeed: Presentation to Team Panel
After getting past the hiring manager, you'll move on to the final interview and presentation. This one is a little different if you're interviewing for a non-technical role. You'll hop on a call with the hiring manager and they'll give you a case study assignment. Then you'll have an hour or two to think about a solution to the particular prompt. After your time is up, you'll get on another call with a panel of potential team members to present your work and insights. There is a Q&A portion to work through your thought processes and any other additional findings.
We know live brainstorming can be a little scary, but we much prefer this to a non-timeboxed take-home assignment. If it's not a good fit you're only out ~3 hours, and everyone's time is respected. We applaud you for this innovative process, Indeed!
Indeed Internships & APMs
Indeed Internship Program
Indeed does offer an internship program for undergraduates, but they don't give a lot of information on their internship site.
- They have two major program categories-- one for business, and one for tech.
- Internships last the summer, and are open to anyone enrolled full time at a college or university.
Indeed Associate Product Manager (APM) Program
Indeed has a super robust rotational associate product manager program that lasts a little more than 2 years. The program is highly competitive and open to recent graduates within the past year. APMs at Indeed will kick off their program with 3 months in Indeed University, then spend a year in each rotation with dedicated mentorship and hands-on training.
Our favorite thing about Indeed's APM program: if you show you're competent before your 2 rotations are up, you're promoted out of the program and on to mid-level product management right away.
Head over to Indeed's dedicated page to learn more about their APM program.
How You Can Get a Job at Indeed
We have a tried-and-true process to help our Bridged readers get hired. It's 5 primary steps, but the meatiest is finding ways to get specific experience. Read on for recommendations.
Identify Your Target Role
Do your research, through Bridged or another company, to identify roles that may align well with your interests and core competencies. You can start here with our review of Best Entry-Level Tech Jobs to explore some options.
Explore Ways to Get Experience
There are lots of ways to gain job experience without being on the job. Bridged gives several recommendations in our Job Guides for each job, but you can start by exploring programs like Coursera or Udemy to get valuable, resume-ready certifications from reputable sources.
Use Jobscan to Optimize Your Resume
We've written a whole article about this, but you'd be surprised how many resumes NEVER see the eyes of a human! That's because of a pesky-little thing called an Applicant Tracking System (or ATS for short) that scans and ranks resumes based on their matchability to the job descriptions. Unfortunately, a lot of these programs are outdated, and won't pick up the best candidates! Jobscan helps you get around this with comprehensive resume scanning and improvement recommendations. Get our full review writeup here.
Use Linkedin Premium or Indeed to Find and Reach out to Indeed Recruiters (is this repetitive?)
Roles these days, especially entry-level roles, are pretty competitive. There's no getting around it. However, showing you have the chutzpah to reach out shows wonders.
Premium subscriptions allow you to view more profiles and send more Inmails to locate and reach out to a recruiter that works on an area that hosts your target roles. Be funny, and emphasize the work you've done to match with their company. Mention Indeed's values, and how you'd relate. A little human connection works wonders.
And Finally: Be Patient
It's a weird world out there in the job market. Everyone is getting rejections. Don't let it get to you, and keep upskilling in the process. Someday you'll see you're exactly where you need to be, and on the right path. Good luck!
Indeed is a great target company for an entry-level tech role. Be persistent, and keep applying. You've got this.
Here at Bridged we are huge fans of stacking micro-certifications to achieve desired career results. We're building a product to make your career planning fun and affordable, and we'd love to talk to YOU! Was this article helpful? Did you land an interview at Indeed?
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