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What’s it like working as a developer at a fintech giant? These Capital One representatives fill us in

Capital One's Jay Michelini and Amanda Cronin give an overview of life on the product team at the fintech giant and what it looks for in new hires.

Capital One's headquarters in McLean, Virginia.

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When you’re courting work at a massive, 1,000-person-plus company, it can be hard to find exactly the notch you fit into.

What will the day-to-day look like? How will I know if I’m what they’re looking for?

Amid our conversations from Philly Tech Week 2022 this month, we asked some representatives from McLean, Virginia fintech giant Capital One to clue us in to their current product hiring processes and needs.

Capital One’s Jay Michelini, senior director of technology and Amanda Cronin, VP of product management, gave an overview of life on the product team in a Technical.ly Developers Conference session. At the moment, Michelini said, Capital One is honing in on customer engagement at scale. As such, mobile and machine learning engineers are some of the more in-demand skills because they’re some of the most common needs among customers.

But in general, the company is interested in employees looking to grow.

“We’re constantly searching for the right answer, so change is a fact of life here,” Michelini said. “I think a growth mindset is really something that’s required to thrive here. So, if I had to pick one skill [to have], constantly looking for better answers is one that comes to mind.”

Cronin agreed, adding that there’s no real secret to getting in at the company.

“We’re really just trying to get to know you,” Cronin said. “So it’s all about being real and being who you are and sharing that with us so we can get to know you and what roles might be the best fit for you.”

Hear more about the work of the Capital One product team in the full discussion:

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