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5 tips on becoming a software developer at Gorrion

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Straight to the point

Show us everything you’ve got

Emotional intelligence matters too

Transparency in communication, from the beginning

It’s a match

The recruitment process at a software development company can be tough. Software developers see a job offer after job offer, going on for the in-person interviews and passing the multiple stages of the selection process. There’s so much unknown, different phases and tasks that you have to do – it can be a lot.

That’s why we decided to set straight our requirements and share 5 things about our recruitment process. Let’s get started.

Straight to the point

At Gorrion, we continually engage our technical teams in the process – whether it’s recruitment for a project manager, frontend developer or people manager – to ensure all the candidates are evaluated properly. Hence, our questions won’t be theoretical but more of a practical nature. Instead of time-consuming and unnecessary steps, we cut right to the chase.

Show us everything you’ve got

During the process, apart from questions, we always try to incorporate some practical tasks (assessment tests) to see how you’d handle them. Thanks to this, we get to see you and your abilities in action.

As for your CV, show us your experience – the roles you had, responsibilities you bore and technologies you worked in. A link to your Github page or freelance projects you handled can also give you a big advantage (especially if you’re a junior developer).

The same thing applies to the designers. Our creative team pays extra attention to the portfolio – how well it’s organized, the aesthetics, the research description and more. It also matters whether you worked alone or in bigger team, what were your responsibilities and areas of expertise (just UI, UX or maybe both) as well as the variety of projects. Everything matters here.

Protip: sometimes, in the candidate’s portfolio, we can find a whole case study – the research part, business analysis of the project and users needs, prototype. This allows us to check your abilities even further. Also, it’s an extra point for the impressive work. So the more detailed it is, the better.

Emotional intelligence matters too

During the recruitment process, we don’t only look at the technical skills. In fact, we value soft skills just as much as hard ones. As we work in Scrum, we care about being iterative, with good communication skills and efficiently organizing your work. 

We also appreciate creative thinking as we tend to engage developers from the early stages of software development. In that way, they get to know the idea, the business, and users’ needs in a much more comprehensive way. Thanks to this, they can propose suitable business solutions that would improve the product even more. 

Transparency in communication, from the beginning

We value transparency above all, especially during the interview process. That’s why, from the start, we tell you our requirements, describe your role and responsibilities, and a clear career path.

The communication is crucial for us from the very beginning. Starting from emails and CVs in which you need to include the most important information in a relatively concise form and as legible as you can make it. Thanks to this, we know that you’ll be able to clearly present your ideas to the team or client.

So, instead of writing a long cover letter, it’s better to describe your achievements, interests related to the position, technological news that you have recently discovered. During the recruitment process, you get additional points if you know a lot of industry terms, but you should also be able to explain your work in a simple way, so that everyone can understand it in a short amount of time.

It’s a match

Our company culture is pretty strong – we make presentations for monthly developer meetings and Gorrion Unplugged, go hiking together, and generally spend some time outside the workplace. So naturally, during the recruitment process, we also pay attention to the personality. Because, after all, we’re going to spend 8h a day together. Wouldn’t it be great if we had fun too? So yeah, our last point is about having the same vibe. 

As you can see, at Gorrion, we value self-development, transparency and teamwork. Plus, as a small software development company, we’re constantly evolving and changing for the better. So if you think that we can be your new company, join our team – check out the latest job positions and become one of the Gorrions.

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