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Many an awesome engineer, designer or all-round useful person have applied with MetaBroadcast across the years to discover that interviews and tests are not industry-standard (if there is such a thing). Most of these fine people, as well as those who hover round our inner circle and know our ways, have commended us for said process, so we've decided to publicly describe it in its full glory.
Assuming you sent us a good combination of CV and cover letter answering the question *why you?*, or that we've already spoken briefly at an event/ in a pub (we welcome partners & friends to our MetaBeerTalks), we'll take you through the steps below, which either of us can break at any point—no harm done:
- Meet the owners
This will always happen over a coffee/ tea (Skype if you cannot come to London), and be extremely informal. Chris and I want to see what else drives you in life, and give you an opportunity to ask a lot of questions about the company and ourselves :) On a couple of occasions, we had no answer, so you're hereby warned that we don't have a favourite movie, band, dish or, for that matter, technology, gadget, and typeface—sorry! Note: if neither of us will be your team leader, than s(he) will very likely join us in this meeting, too.
- Complete a test in your own time
There is a test for any position, and where you're looking to craft a particularly novel position for yourself, we'll customise the test for you or come up with a whole new one. If applying for an engineering or design position, we often require that you work with an API or product we developed. We expect tests to take 2 hours of your time, but how fast you get to them depends on your available time—we had tests returned over the night, across a weekend and even a couple of weeks. It's your time, so the last thing you need is us adding pressure. Ultimately, all tests attempt to show us how you think and how you solve a challenge, while giving you a realistic glimpse of what working with us is like.
- Spend a day working with us
Again, this is function of your time and the previous commitments of our team, but it's never been delayed for more than a couple of weeks from the previous step, and it often happens within a single week. What you end up doing that day depends on what we're working on in that given period and what new technologies, toys, and hacks excite us. This is highly tailored, and generally puts you in a position to produce something usable by end of day, with help from several team members here. We like doing this on a Friday, as the winner of the team's votes that week picks the grub and we all chat over lunch in our cafe. After work the full team goes to a nearby pub and everyone gets a final chance to show their true colours and ask questions.
By the end of our day together, we would have taken a decision and before we part, you will receive an offer if all went well. The package includes: the offer, a contract including the starting day we already agreed, a long list of benefits, a short list of what you should bring with you on your first day at MetaBroadcast, other readings and a couple of surprises. Simples!
The recruiting process described above developed organically throughout the years. We don't claim it's perfect, unique, or in its final incarnation. But we are keen to put quite a bit of effort in the early stages, while at the same time ensuring that you're protected, any existing friendship with a team member is protected, too, and so is MetaBroadcast, ultimately.
Further reading (trust me, this is only the tip of the iceblog):
Update, October 15th 2013: We have just updated this process and blog post to its version 4.0, stripping it to the core and reordering what was left. As usual, feedback is more than welcome. But not from agencies ;)Download as PDF