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Collaborative Hiring

Great eLearning begins with strong teams. But what does that mean?

Finding the right person to be the next team member at NogginLabs requires more than reviewing résumés and checking references. It calls for recruiting with creativity and balance. At NogginLabs, we look beyond the résumé to find the perfect match for our dynamic, award-winning eLearning team. We seek out individuals who share the values our company upholds. We have a team-based structure at NogginLabs, so our values are built around the idea of collaboration. In hiring someone new, we foremost make sure that person plays well with others.

WHO ARE YOU?

When someone interviews at NogginLabs, we don’t just ask, “What did you do in your last job?” or “What made you want to leave?” Your previous work experience is important, but it’s not, well, you. Who are you right now? Who do you want to be? What do you like to do outside of work, and why? Learning whether someone has traveled, climbed a mountain, or run a marathon can sometimes tell you more about a person than whether he or she achieved employee of the month. A triathlete, for example, might be highly task-oriented, which comes in handy during crunch time. A world traveler, hungry for new experiences, might jump at the chance to learn more about our clients.

Another important question we like to as is “How do you cope with obstacles?” Candidates must show us how they are flexible and how they react to change. Just as the eLearning we create for our clients is unique and customized, so too is our process for finding great talent.

So what exactly are the values that drive our hiring principles and teamwork ethics? We promote NogginLabs as “smart, nice and funny,” kinda in that order. Let’s take a look at what that means.

Learning whether someone has traveled, climbed a mountain, or run a marathon can sometimes tell you more about a person than whether he or she achieved employee of the month.

SMART

When we say we’re looking for “smart,” we don’t necessarily mean poet-laureate smart or 1600-on-the-SAT smart. Those kinds of smarts certainly don’t hurt (especially if we need to calculate a circumference to an extremely high degree of accuracy during a power outage, which only happens once or twice a month here), but they’re not the only smarts we’re looking for. What really fires our neurons are employees who possess adaptive intelligence, which means they’re open-minded, empathetic, and flexible. They can see the big picture, anticipate client needs, and adapt to the ever-changing environment inherent in custom eLearning development.

NICE

Nice is a more difficult characteristic to gauge in the recruiting process. Sure, it means being professional and conscientious, but it’s much more than that. “Nice” also means supporting our company’s team structure, which empowers and guides everything we do. We want employees to not only be professional and kind, but also to have the ability to make those around them want to be better, to achieve more, to be stronger.

One of the unique qualities NogginLabs possesses is a diverse and balanced workforce. Behind the office titles, you’ll find gamers, writers, artists, comedians, parents, musicians, cooks, and travelers. This variety of experiences is critical to our success because we rely heavily on each other’s skills to gain knowledge and share ideas across the company. Writers learn from programmers, and visual designers sharpen the skills of instructional designers. Everyone we hire has that common thread of desire to learn the most they can for the benefit of the team, and the client.

We want employees to not only be professional and kind, but also to have the ability to make those around them want to be better, to achieve more, to be stronger.

FUNNY

A less obvious quality we look for is funny. We never underestimate the value of humor. It’s great to have plenty of jokesters on hand to keep office spirits high, but that’s not always the kind of funny we’re looking for. Rather, we look for employees who can find the positive side of any situation, who can turn a seemingly hopeless circumstance into something manageable. Not everyone can be a comedian, of course (since that would probably get old fast), but every Noggin’s sense of humor — wherever it lies on the spectrum — is an important facet of their personality, and an integral part of our office culture. So when we consider job candidates, it’s less about the responses the candidates offer, and more about how they deliver those responses. Is their general attitude in line with our culture? Do they have positive energy? Do they pass the office-dog smell test?

COLLABORATIVE HIRING

Our goal at NogginLabs is to create the best custom eLearning solutions for our clients. To do that, we foster an environment of positivity and fun collaboration. No one knows better what it takes to be successful at Noggin than those who work here, so our hiring process goes beyond the traditional human resource stages. Our employees play a crucial role in recruiting, interviewing, and selecting the right candidate for each and every opening. Typically, candidates interview with the team they’d be working with, plus a few other folks to get a sense for how the candidate might fit into the bigger picture. Since we have a modest-sized office and such a team-based structure, it’s crucial that everyone gets along and sees eye-to-eye since that’s what creating great products is all about.

After all, we believe all training should be built on a foundation of smart, nice, and funny. Who would expect anything less?

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