One of our big goals at Automattic is to cover support 24/7. Our customers span the globe and we want to always be there for them. Since we’re distributed that means we also seek to hire great people from around the world.
Hiring like that helps us be around 24/7 without necessitating graveyard hours. And right now we’re keen to hire more team members throughout Asia-Pacific.
As part of that Deborah and Pam from our hiring team will be in Australia and New Zealand next week. If you’re interested in Automattic or if you just want to chat about how we handle support you can find them in a few places.
They’ll be in Sydney March 8th and 9th, including at the local WordPress meetup. Then they’ll be in Auckland, NZ from March 10th through 12th, including at the local WordCamp. And finally they’ll be in Melbourne March 13th and 14th where they’re hosting a local event.
And if you’re in Asia-Pacific and reading this, we’re hiring.
We Hire The Best. Solid article about building better hiring processes. One of the takeaways: the later in a process you consider diversity the bigger the problem you face.
How to Hire and Build a Remote Team. Zapier’s co-founder writes about how they interview, trial, and hire people. There are a lot of commonalities with how we approach things at Automattic.
They’re Watching You at Work. A look at how people analytics are affecting hiring practices within companies.
The person they’ll become:
there’s a lot of future perfect people. People who have the potential to become the perfect person in the perfect role if just given the right opportunity.
The Biggest Recruiting and Talent Acquisition Mistakes:
What impact can ignoring your Anti-Hires have? Well, if you are only aware of your false positives, you’ll tighten your screening criteria until you’re convinced that there are “just no good candidates out there”. Sound familiar? But is it really true? Not likely. It’s a big world out there. It’s only by knowing who you shouldn’t have missed, overlooked, or rejected that you can fully understand what constitutes a good candidate, how to identify them, and where to find them.
How to hire. Really smart post about hiring and how to approach it.
How to hire good people instead of nice people. Fantastic post about hiring and the processes Brooke Allen uses. I really liked this bit:
I won’t get between you and your dreams. If you have a dream, I need to know what it is so we can figure out if this job gets you closer.
Interesting idea from Micah Baldwin about hiring. Essentially, their rule at Graphicly is:
If we are hiring you because you are awesome, then you have 30 days to do something awesome. And awesome is simply defined as me (or your supervisor) thinking to him/herself, “man, that’s awesome!” just once.
Hiring Engineers, a Process. The tips for successful interviews are particularly interesting. I also like the way Eran summed it up at the end with:
A job interview goes both ways. We interview you, and you interview us. We want great talent and respect is the first step.