How we recruited an awesome front-end developer by competition

Esther Wieringa
Feb 4, 2015 · 4 min read

We need one now!

Good front-end developers are hard to find. And the years of experience don’t always say enough about the quality. Besides that, we wanted the process to go much faster. We needed someone who could start straight away. But how were we going to find someone good, if we needed to go through all those e-mails first? At this pace we wouldn’t have selected someone in 2 to 3 months. So, why not do it completely different this time?

The competition

The assignment for the competition was set up in a way we could test their skills which they would need when working for Angi Studio.

Do we have mail yet?

In the first week of the competition we got no mail at all. We were all a bit scared this competition would become a huge failure. Did we ask too much? Did people even see our competition?

CV vs. code

When selecting candidates you see lots of CVs and notice the lack of experience of some. You want to put them on the side. But that’s how you overlook that talented front-end developer that’s eager to start knocking out code.

And the winner is...

After a selection procedure of only 5 weeks there was a winner!
Actually, there were 2. We offered them both a job and they started in Oktober 2014. It was really exciting to see if our new way of recruiting had worked. We were really happy with the our two new colleagues. But like any other recruitment process, you never know how it turns out. We had to part ways with one of the two because the way we work at Angi Studio was not a good fit with her. But we are really happy with the developer that stayed. Jorinde: our new front-end developer. A girl who fits our team and is extremely motivated to become the best front-end developer she can be.

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Thanks to Andre Jilderda, Anna Botsvine, and Matthijs.

    Esther Wieringa

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    Product Designer & Design Sprint Facilitator @ Angi Studio

    Angi Studio

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