How long does the recruiting process take?

It’s not always straightforward to say how long the entire process takes from the point you submit an application and get accepted to the point you’re booking flights and finding a flat.
However, as a rule of thumb you should reserve at least 4 months for the entire circus.
As Kate’s case will showcase, the recruiting funnel might be a one-week show, while for others the journey can reach up to a month or two (it really depends on how eager the startups are willing to reply to you).
 

“Every time we added Kate on a profile list for a certain position, she would get a notification about it through email.”

 
Kate Dorrer got accepted to Startuplifers talent pool in fall 2017 but was actively added on listin from early spring 2018 on. Every time we added Kate on a profile list for a certain position, she would get a notification about it through email.
In the case of Crowdmade, it took only three days for them to look up Kate’s profile and asking her through us for an interview. After asking her for the permission, we introduced Kate to the company and they proceeded to setting up an interview a few days later. The interview took place on a Wednesday. Next Tuesday she received an initial offer.
*Note: Kate’s case was special as she only had one call with the company. In most cases, the candidate has at least a few interviews before an offer is made.
 

 
So yeah, she had one single interview. First, she’d go through her background with the CTO of the company. Right after, she conducted a couple technical assignments that were commented and discussed live as she proceeded.
Task 1: basics of algorithms and data structures, string manipulation
Task 2: working with the system that was about to come (like how to structure database tables for a new business need)
 

“The interview took place on a Wednesday. Next Tuesday she received an initial offer.”

 
In the end, the contact person promised to return to her right after he’d had talked with their CEO. Once he did, Kate took a couple of days to go through the contract with the Startuplifers team and accepted the offer.
After signing the contract, Startuplifers introduced her to the Kilroy team and our lawyer who started walking Kate through the paperwork, like the language tests and filling out the training plan. At the time of writing this blog, she still has to go to the Finnish Embassy for an interview.
Kate’s internship as a Full-stack Engineer Intern begins on June 1st. By then, she has been in our talent pool for 9 months.
 
Even though the actual recruiting process took no longer than two months, we highly recommend to apply to the talent pool way ahead your desired starting time. This is for two reasons:
1) You’ll increase your chances of being added to lists. Every day you spend outside the talent pool, interesting opportunities will be missed.
2) You’ll get invaluable practice in job interviews. The remote technical interviews can be confusing for first-timers. Hence, you need to practice, practice, practice.
 
Soooo…. Why not take the chance and start your own process by applying right away!

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