If you’ve spent any time in the Whitepages Seattle office, you’ve likely seen a fast-paced recruiter running around on her phone or happily greeting candidates at the door. Meet previous Duck Tales fan, coffee lover and Whitepages recruiter, Katie. Katie spends most of her day screening, interviewing and hiring full-time employees and interns. The roles she hires for could range from “Software Engineer” to “Sales” on our B2B Whitepages Pro team.
Psst… we’ll give you a hint, if you happen to run into Katie at the office make sure to wear an extra big smile… she’s the person you’ll want to call or email if you want a job here!
Which office are you in?
I work in the amazing downtown Seattle office.
Why did you join Whitepages?
A Whitepages recruiter reached out to me via LinkedIn and I really didn’t know anything about Whitepages, so out of curiosity I met her for a coffee to learn about the team, the role and to get an overview of the company. After hearing about the company and the opportunity, I was 90% sold. Then she invited me up to meet some members of the team and to see the office space – that took me to 100%. The rest is history.
What’s your hometown?
I was born and raised in Kelso, Washington. Go Hilanders!
What’s your favorite snack in the kitchen?
My favorite thing this week is to add chocolate covered raisins in with my bowl of mixed nuts. Next week I may switch to yogurt, you never know. I absolutely LOVE the variety here!
How do you take your coffee?
Anyway I can – coffee is my thing. I drink black coffee in the morning when I get ready for work and in the afternoon it depends on my mood – it could be an unsweetened iced coffee, quad grande two-pump white mocha, one-inch steamed soy Americano or a caramel macchiato.
What do you listen to at work? What’s on your playlist?
I normally do not listen to music at work, but when I do it varies. I proudly state that I am a Taylor Swift fan – yes, she’s awesome, don’t hate. I recently have been listening to Tori Kelly (thanks Kristine Delossantos) and the new Mumford & Sons.
What was your very first job?
I babysat for some family friends on weekends and in the summer. My parents had me go through a Babysitting Certification Program when I was eleven years old. “Heck yes I’d like to make $3 an hour” said pre-teen Katie.
Describe your first computer.
It was big and it was awesome. I do not remember what it was exactly, but I do remember playing Classic Concentration on it for hours and hours. I always tried to win a Chrysler LeBaron at the end, since it was the most expensive car on the game.
What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?
Duck Tales (woo-ooo!) and Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers. The shows played back-to-back after I got home from school. Gadget Hackwrench was my favorite character.
Fill in the blank: If you really knew me, you’d know _______.
I played soccer for 15 years then my senior year of high school I switched to tennis. I should have played tennis all along.
What are you most proud of?
My family. My family is truly amazing and I smile when I think about them – from the cousins (40+) and the aunts/uncles to the grandparents, parents, and siblings. Some of them are my family by marriage and some others I have known since birth; they are all strong and inspirational human beings and I am grateful to be in their lives.
What do you do when you have 30 minutes of free time?
Now that it’s almost summer and glorious in Seattle on a daily basis, if I had thirty minute of free time I would read my book on my rooftop deck. I’ve determined that the deck no longer receives direct sunlight after 6:52 PM thanks to the building next to my place, so I try to make it home before then.
If you had 10 extra dollars what would you buy?
I’d put it in the bank then would spend it the next day on coffee or a new vinyl album.
What’s your go-to karaoke song?
It’s a toss-up between Toxic by Britney Spears and Like a Prayer by Madonna. My sister and mom love to sing, so we occasionally bust out the karaoke machine during family gatherings. They are better than me, but I try.
What’s the last vacation you went on?
We just went to Victoria, BC for Memorial Day weekend. Yes, we drank High Tea at The Empress and spent the afternoon at Butchart Gardens, but my favorite activity was riding scooters up the coast. It was a blast.
What’s your signature gelato flavor?
Talenti’s Pistachio or Salted Caramel
Two things you can’t live without?
Seattle summers and Pinot Noir. I probably could live without them, but it would be a tough life.
What is your favorite question to ask potential candidates?
I really like to hear the different reasons why people want to work for us. It’s refreshing to hear the amount of information they know about our products/services and press that drove them to apply. Yes, we are on the 100 Best Companies to Work For – Seattle list!