As Ethan Tandowsky reached the final round of the interview process with Adyen NV, his meeting took a unique turn. Chief Financial Officer Ingo Uytdehaage, who was interviewing Tandowsky back in 2016, paused the chat to check whether the payments company’s chief executive, Pieter van der Does, wanted to join the conversation as well, which he did.
Only four or five years out of college, Tandowsky wasn’t applying for an entry-level finance role, but he wasn’t vying for a particularly senior one either. And Adyen
with perhaps 450 employees at the time, wasn’t exactly a tiny startup. While the Adyen interview marked the first and only time that Tandowsky got to meet with a CEO in the hiring process, the high-level attention is standard at Adyen, which has required that all candidates, even the most entry-level, meet with a board member like the CEO or CFO before receiving a job offer. It’s a practice that executives say helps Adyen ensure it gets high-quality workers who fit with the company’s enterprising culture. Adyen has come a long way since Tandowsky’s 2016 interview. Now with more than 2,500 full-time-equivalent employees, the nearly €50 billion financial-technology company is the fourth largest public company in the Netherlands by market value, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Even as the company has grown, executives have sought to maintain their stamp on the hiring process, though board members have tweaked the inner circle a bit so they wouldn’t …