Lexi Ross, Manager, Talent Acquisition
October 11, 2017
Name: Lexi Ross (New York)
Position: Manager, Talent Acquisition
Are you a dog-person, a cat-person, other-animal-person, or just not an animal-person? I’m 100% a dog-person. I’m counting down the days until I live in an apartment big enough to get a Golden-Doodle. I’m actually pretty scared of cats.
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for? I’m really good at listening to songs and figuring out which movies they’re from. I’m open to all suggestions for monetizing this talent.
What is your proudest accomplishment in life, not necessarily at work?
My proudest accomplishment is a decision I made after moving home to Minneapolis to take over my mom’s Orthodontist practice. I realized I wasn’t doing what I wanted to want to do, and I was neither motivated nor happy. So, I took a risk and interviewed with a small start-up ad-tech company, and three weeks later, I was on my way to New York to work at The Trade Desk. I haven’t looked back since. (Major shout-out to my mom and all orthodontists, though. My second proudest accomplishment is my great set of teeth!)
What does The Trade Desk do to contribute to its employees’ professional development?
They listen. A year and a half into working as an Account Manager, I realized that my real passion was in recruiting. I approached my COO and my boss to let them know that I wanted to play a larger role in maintaining our culture and helping The Trade Desk scale as a company. They kept an open mind and gave me a shot at recruiting. With their support, I was able to turn my passion into a life-long career, and help the company I love along the way!
When you’re recruiting people for The Trade Desk, what is the first think you look for within the first 5 minutes of speaking to a candidate? Describe why this trait is so important right off the bat.
A key skill I’ve learned as a recruiter is to try not to judge people I’m speaking with in the first five minutes of our conversation. Maybe they’ve had a terrible day at work or they had to bring their sick Golden doodle to the vet, who knows. That being said, one thing that always turns me off is ego. If someone gives me the impression that he or she thinks highly of themselves in those early moments of the conversation – let’s just say they’re probably going to have a hard time coming back from that. Another quick turnoff for me is lack of passion. I can often tell pretty quickly into an interview whether someone is truly passionate about the role they’re interviewing for, and passion is crucial for an all-star team like ours.