How we interview at Gemography

Our mission it to enable great developers to accelerate their tech careers. And that mission is not complete isn't complete if we miss on the great ones.

What's also true is most existing hiring methodologies are broken, that's why early on, we had to rethink every step of the process and make it work for developers not against them.

Here's what to expect when applying to Gemography. As we're always iterating on our process, these steps might look different for you. The job position you're applying to might also contribute to that.

To give a little bit more context on what happens behind the scenes, when you're applying to Gemography, you're actually applying to multiple startups and tech companies across continents, and by going through one hiring process, you're able to skip 80% of the hiring process at the tech companies we've representing.

Online Screening

Unlike a lot of companies out there, we're not making initial decisions based on your resume anymore.

Judging tech skills based on a CV solely is not accurate nor fair, especially to self-taught developers.

And in a way every good developer is self-taught even if they hold a degree from a prestigious university or engineering school.

Both the platform on which you take the quiz as well as the quizzes themselves were built from scratch by the Gemography teams. We’ve also made all quizzes have only multi-choice questions. That way it’s quick and you can even take it on your phone.

1st Round Interviews

There are two interviews in this round, the 1st, a technical interview, the 2nd one, a culture-fit interview.

The technical interview takes 1-hour long and centers mostly on questions around past projects & experiences, technical challenges you faced and how you resolved them as well as deep dive questions around frameworks & technologies you're already familiar with.

The culture-fit interview In contract centers mostly on questions around your values, beliefs as well as communication and collaboration skills. The goal here is to see whether you'll be able to work in a high-paced startup environment and successfully collaborate across teams to create great products and user experiences.

Matchmaking

Once you successfully pass the first round of interviews, the Gemography team will look at your strengths and career plans to match you with one of the startups behind the engineering teams we’re representing.

Also during this stage, you’ll receive all the details about the potential job offer you should expect, everything from compensation, benefits as well as the expected start date.

2nd Round Interviews

Since this round happens after you’re matched with a one of the startups we represent, all the interviews you’ll be having will be conducted by team members from the startup you’ll be working with once you join.

On average there is one interview in this round.

To help you make the best out of this round of interviews, our experienced team of interviewers will coach to help you prepare for any potential interviews you might take.

What we look for

These traits are not all we look for, nor all we care about. But here are some of the things that interviewers base their decisions on:

Passion for tech: A common denominator between all great developers is their obsession with staying at the top of their craft and making sure they are continuously honing their skills and improving and learning all the times. This includes continuously reading blog posts, attending events (online or offline), consuming audio podcasts and watching video series.

Knowledge of best practices: regardless of which framework or programming language you’re familiar with, a lot of the questions will center not on how to achieve certain trivial things (you can always google that), instead we’re curious about the best practices you knows, the conventions you’re familiar with and how you leverage them as well as the anti-patterns you always try to avoid when writing software.

Communication: it’s one of those things that is Very important but often overlooked. By communication we don’t just mean proficiency in english or french, although that’s important.

What’s even more important is the ability to explain fairly complex ideas in a simple way without forcing the interlocutor to ask too many follow up questions to clarify. The lack of this strenght alone is possibly the biggest roadblock to making distributed teams function properly and that’s why interviewers will pay a lot of attention to it.

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