For style advice we always go to Zuzana, our Head of Customer Support, and we can always count on her honest opinion and insightful comments. She always wanted to be a singer, but instead, having lived in four European countries (France, Ireland, Poland and the Czech Republic), she became our office polyglot. In her free time she diversifies her wardrobe, and goes to the gym.
Q: How come you speak several different languages?
ZB: I studied translation and interpreting because I realized that the only things I can be successful in are fields that do not involve any mathematics! ;-) I was always very good at French and English so I decided to go for that. To those two add my mother tongue, Czech, plus Polish and German and we have five languages.
Q: You tried to make our developers more stylish. Did you succeed?
ZB: I gave it a try and I think I managed to make some changes, such as convincing some programmers not to wear socks in sandals. Certainly, my greatest success was to ban socks and sandals.
Q: What is your growth plan?
ZB: I am currently figuring that out; still looking for a goal to go after.
Q: What does your typical day involve at Codility?
ZB: I come early, and the first thing I do is to check my schedule. Then I take care of urgent customer queries and see what I need to check up on to make sure that the customers and candidates are happy. Currently we are recruiting another Support Specialist in the US, so I am also involved in that.
Q: What makes a good customer in your opinion?
ZB: I like all of the customers, really; they come from start-ups and modern companies and they are really easy to work with. We work in the B2B environment and the people we have the pleasure of dealing with are very professional, so I really enjoy working with them.
Q: Out of all potential employers, why did you choose Codility?
ZB: I wanted to work in a start-up because I was fed up with corporate processes and procedures and with the fact that a lot of things are done inefficiently. I wanted to find out what the start-up culture is like, and what is it like to have that kind of freedom. When I saw the job ad, I needed to do it. I wanted this opportunity to see what is it like to work in a place where you build things from scratch and test your capabilities.
Q: If you could give your position any name, what would it be?
ZB: The helper. I am the helper.
Q: In your opinion, what is the killer feature of Codility?
ZB: The whole idea of Codility. Greg was the first person to implement this idea, which came from experiencing the acute pain of tech recruiting. And he decided to solve this very difficult problem.
Q: What has been your funniest moment at Codility?
ZB: I was once nominated as Chief Style Officer by our CEO, Greg. What happened was that I was really working hard to make people stop wearing socks and sandals. It worked to the extent that, even if it was very cold and one of the developers was offered the opportunity to wear a pair of socks with his sandals, he refused, saying that I had forbidden it. There was another funny moment when one of our interns wore shorts and a T-shirt for his thesis viva and I could not help screaming: IN THOSE CLOTHES?!
Q: What’s your favorite pair of shoes?
ZB: BERTIE, that I bought on sale in Dublin: purple ‘snake skin’ sandals on a high hill. :-)
Q: You have a final 60 seconds. Brag about something.
ZB: This is a difficult one. Here we go: Once I came in second place in a French song competition. I sang Amsterdam by Jacques Brel. I am now Head of Customer Support at Codility. That was difficult; the process was very demanding. I also mastered a rabbit dish with cream sauce and knedliky; now it is my signature dish. :-) Recently I caught a bouquet at a gay wedding.
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