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Join @UpTeam

At UpTeam, we’ve built a global technology accelerator where great engineers and software developers can do their best work together, side by side with others just like them. Our global reputation and track record means we work on the frontiers of both software technologies and development practices. Our project teams collaborate hand-in-hand with top engineering experts from top technology companies: from giants like Amazon, Microsoft, GE to a broad spectrum of the latest venture-funded startups out of Silicon Valley.

UpTeam welcomes professionals at different levels. We have grown by bringing together engineers who want to grow their professional future.

Our project teams are led by experienced tech and startup execs. These are projects that need both proven and high-potential devs to solve problems and figure out ways to turn new software ideas into reality in the long run. These are not temporary freelance gigs or invisible maintenance backlog tasks for old applications. 

Each successful project we complete grows into new projects and new opportunities. Your direct contributions to a prior product effort set us all up to work together to tackle the next one. As an UpTeamer, you grow your career by rolling forward into these new development initiatives. 

The foundation of our success at UpTeam is how we find and cultivate great devs and software engineers. We look for people who have solid English language skills and are driven to collaborate. We’re less concerned about where you live or what language you speak at home. 

People who thrive at UpTeam are committed to making the best of their career. They are committed and motivated to work with the biggest systems and the most interesting projects, working together as part of a worldwide team. We think that could be you. 

Ready to take on commitment? Think you have the talent, the drive, and the appetite? Let’s connect. Here’s how.

The Resume

Submitting your resume is the first step to joining us at UpTeam. We want you to give us a well-rounded view of you as a candidate. It helps us understand where your skills can be best applied, either for this role or the next. 

Everyone wants to put their best foot forward with your resume,  which we understand can be stressful. Let’s look at what we’ve learned to make your CV writing exercise productive rather than painful. 

  • Making it easy
  • Being specific and focused
  • Linking coding accounts
  • Principles and best practices
  • Transparency

Making it easy 

Your information should be presented in a detailed yet easy to find way to make sure that you stand out to our tech talent specialists, your technical peers, and hiring managers looking for  talent that best fits the team and the project. 

Let’s start with the basics of what not to do. Weak resumes are poorly formatted, have missing information, or are too vague and general in describing a candidate’s experience. 

Instead, let the document talk about you in a way that feels right to your most trusted colleagues . Your readers are technology leaders and software engineers (even our CEO is an engineer) and technical talent specialists. These are people who code themselves, understand every word you put in your resume, and in most cases are as familiar with the context of your work as you are. 

Being specific and focused

The twin pillars of any useful technical resume are skills and professional experience. Here’s how to make it solid. 

Skills: When creating your resume, it might seem like a good idea to list every technology, language, and skill that you’ve encountered. Not a great idea. It can come off as unfocused, and creates way too much clutter for any recruiters to want to read. Instead, make sure your key skills and technologies are included in your summary and past experiences. These are areas you’re comfortable in and want to work in, so make them transparent

Experience: Be specific about the development work that was actually done by you. Don’t just say “built a mobile iOs app”. Describe your team, your process, skills or languages you used, and try to include quantifiable measures in your descriptions. These additional details help add personality and give recruiters a sense of who you are. This also makes the interview a lot easier for you and the talent manager. By being detailed and specific, you’ve already done some of the prep work for your interview. Your interviewer can now use the points on your resume as a map to guide the interview. This will help ease some of those pre-interview jitters since it gives you some control over what happens in the interview. 

Link coding accounts 

Just like graphic designers use portfolios, developers can use Github, Bitbucket, and Stack Overflow accounts to showcase their talents. Got any of these in your work history?  We want to know if you contribute to open source projects, or have any kind of online presence that helps with your application, so be sure to add those links to your resume. If you don’t have any of these accounts, we recommend you make them and keep them up to date. We generally look to see some real examples of your code before scheduling an interview with you. 

If you have any apps that you’ve worked on in the app store, include the links to them. Same goes for any websites you’ve worked on (be sure to include working URLs!). Also, don’t forget to add a short description of what your role was and exactly what you did for these projects. 

Principles and Best Practices 

To help make yourself stand out, indicate how you’ve applied widely accepted best practices principles in your work (for example, SOLID). We want you to demonstrate that you know how to implement design patterns, lint your code, and share ownership. Any software engineering principles you have used, make sure they are presented throughout your resume. It shows the recruiter that you’ve developed good habits and that you have a more in-depth knowledge of software engineering. 

Transparency

When it comes time to decide if you are the best candidate for the position, we will combine your resume and the conversations we had during interviews to evaluate if you had the necessary aptitude for learning and relearning.

We have many open positions and we look holistically at each candidate, evaluating his or her value to the company long-term, both for your first project and the next. The conversation will be focused on team interaction and how well you can communicate about working and problem-solving.  

Last but not least (please don’t be insulted, but this is really important): be completely transparent about your skills and experiences. If you put on your resume something that you can’t present to our tech experts, it will cast shade on the rest of your great experience.  

Nobody knows everything. The best resumes describe real time spent and real problems solved in objective terms. That helps us understand what you have done and what you can do, both when we read it and when we discuss it together.

First UpTeam interview 

You’ve submitted your resume and heard back from us that we want to talk. Great! Let’s get ready  for what’s next.

Your first UpTeam first interview is a video chat with one of our tech talent specialists. We want to tell you a bit more about the company and the position that you are applying for. This will help us both understand if this is a good fit. 

  • Our process
  • Remote interviews
  • A proper environment
  • Prepare video & tech setup
  • Dress for success
  • Example questions

Our process

UpTeam’s hiring process differs from other companies as we’ve sped up the process from weeks to days. We appreciate candidates who are responsive and decisive as we work through the process together. It really helps us with finding the best match. Even if you don’t get a second callback for this role, the answers you give during your interview may set you up with other roles in the future. 

Remote interviews

Making a great first impression is not reserved for on-site interviews. The process itself is essentially the same as in-person interviews, and staying engaged through the video call is a great indicator of how quickly you can adapt to our work culture. Discussing qualifications while demonstrating good conversation skills and strong levels of confidence are all still essential.

Pick a proper interview environment

It’s important to be in an environment where you feel comfortable and are able to focus with no distractions. Find a quiet place where neither you nor your interviewer will be distracted by your environment. 

We don’t suggest doing your interview in a crowded place like a Starbucks, or in a common area where your interviewer can see your housemates making themselves lunch in the background (In the long run it’s inevitable to have an interruption in a conference call, but do everything you can to avoid it during the interview process).  

Prepare video & tech setup

Video calls are our default with pretty much everyone we work with, inside or outside the company. At UpTeam we use Zoom, Slack, and GMeet. So our tech talent team and hiring managers are used to meeting candidates via video calls. 

We recommend using the camera on your laptop instead of a phone or tablet. When preparing for the interview, double check that you are well-lit and can be seen in your front-facing camera. During a remote interview, it can be difficult to keep eye contact with the interviewer, so make sure that the interviewer can clearly see your full face. 

You really want to avoid that last minute scramble before your interview when you realize your setup is not ready for live broadcast.  Make sure you have the following:

  • Good WiFi
  • Clear video quality
  • Good quality headphones with a built in microphone (to minimize echo) 
  • Your computer is charged or charging
  • You are registered for Zoom, GMeet, or whichever digital platform your interview will be conducted on

Dress for success

Even though you may be doing your interview from the comfort of your own home, avoid getting a little too comfortable, by wearing pajamas or an old t-shirt. Dress the same way you would for an in-person interview. It will make you feel more prepared and professional.

Example questions 

OK, now you’re ready. What are we talking about? 

  • Could you describe your work experience with {technology XYZ}? 
  • Briefly describe the architecture of your last project. What worked well and what could be done better.
  • Can you give an example of a tough technical challenge you faced and how you solved it?
  • Have you worked remotely in past positions?
  • What are you looking for in a new role? 
  • When would you be available to start?
  • What range of salary are you looking for? 

We can’t promise that there will be no unexpected questions in this first conversation, but we’re not here to spring surprises on you. Practice and be prepared, and it will be a good experience. 

UpTeam Technical Interview Prep

Congratulations, you’ve made the shortlist for the UpTeam Technical Interview! To help ease your interview nerves (don’t worry, everyone has them), we’ve created a few simple guidelines to follow when preparing for your technical interview. For general remote interviewing tips, check out Preparing for your First UpTeam Interview above.

  • Interview structure
  • The UpTeam exercises
  • Practice
  • Do Your homework 

Interview structure

Here’s how the process works at UpTeam. 

  • You’ll be assigned a series of short exercises,  and will present your responses by Zoom video conference. This process assures authenticity and provides you with the opportunity to demonstrate your presentation skills. 
  • Be prepared for several 1-2 hour video interviews with the hiring manager as well as peer development experts. 

Each technical interview is conducted by a professional like you who has been through the Upteam interview circuit before. They know what it’s like and are ready to have an open and friendly conversation with their future colleagues. At any point during the interview don’t hesitate to ask for a 5 minute break. Chances are, your future colleagues will appreciate it as well! 

Also, you should expect to interview with more than one technical peer or technical manager.  It’s a good idea to take some notes right after each interview, for your own reference while it’s fresh in your mind, about other things you might want to think about for the next interview. 

Complete the UpTeam exercises 

For any position you apply for, you’ll receive a series of exercises to complete before the interview. These aren’t meant to be arbitrarily complicated or time consuming brain teasers, but are an important part of our process here at UpTeam. Expect something more like a set of open questions or small coding exercises that take anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes to complete. 

To complete them, feel free to use any online materials you like. When we talk, what’s most important for us is to understand your approach. We care more about understanding your thought process rather than focusing on perfect compiled code or prize-winning algorithm optimization.

What matters most  is that the exercises give us a common subject to talk about during the interview. We want this to be an experience that feels like colleagues discussing technical problems. Small talk is fine as an ice-breaker to get the conversational juices flowing, but we want to make the best use of your time and ours.

Practice out loud

One of the ways to combat pre-interview jitters is to practice. Practice talking in depth about how you can solve a problem. Try to find someone to practice with who is a good listener. It almost doesn’t matter if they are more technical than you. When answering a question, feel free to pause for a few seconds and prepare what you’re going to say. We want to see how you think and how you might explain your solution to a technical peer. 

You can even practice by recording yourself going over the exercises and playing it back to get an idea of things to improve before the actual interview. This will also allow you to test your tech to avoid any technical problems during your actual interview. 

Do your homework

Don’t forget that remote technical interviews are still the same as in-person ones. Interviewing advice still applies, and we encourage you to prepare for a virtual technical interview the same way you would for an in-person interview. Set up in a comfortable environment for both you and your interviewers, and be prepared to code. Do your research before the interview. 

Just as in your first interview, remember to dress professionally to put yourself in the right state of mind for your remote interview.

We recommend preparing a list of questions in advance so you have one less thing to worry about during your interview. Don’t be shy. We want to know what you want to know because it’s a good indication of your fit for the team.

Join: FAQs

A lot of UpTeam applicants have had the same questions you may have, so we’ve compiled a list here. Have other questions or comments? Send it to us here, and out tech talent specialists will answer them as soon as possible.  

  1. If I applied for a certain position, how quickly should I expect a reply? 
  • We typically reply to applications that are submitted within three business days.  We’ll either let you know if we think you could be a fit for this position with scheduling follow-on interviews.
  1. What’s it like to work at UpTeam? 
  • Take a look at the descriptions of our UpTeam centralized/remote culture. Read up on what we do to put trust, collaboration, communication, and the company-wide support of shared goals.
  • At UpTeam there’s plenty of ways to make progress on career development, developing your professional skills, and leaning to career momentum.
  1. What should I prepare? 
  • CV. Take a look at the sections above on what we recommend including in your resume to make the hiring process smoother for both you and our tech talent specialists. 
  • Cover letter, etc. We value hearing from you about why working at UpTeam would be interesting for you and what your expectations are. We want to get to know our applicants to help us build conversations and make the recruiting process easier for both you and our talent team.
    • Video. In place of a cover letter, upload a short introductory video telling us about yourself and what you are looking to gain from this position. Feel free to take full creative control, we’d like to get to know you better!
    • Introduction. We want to “start a conversation” with you! Describe your dream job as well as what you would like to achieve in 1 year. 
  • English. Get ready to speak English with tech colleagues. When your level of English allows you to participate in conference calls with US colleagues, you will feel comfortable being part of our team. Most of our colleagues come from different countries where English is their second language, so don’t worry, you don’t have to be Shakespeare!
  1. How should I prepare for UpTeam’s remote interviews?
  1. What happened to my application for the UpTeam community? 
  • We are always looking to expand our team and constantly have new positions opening up. Whether our conversations end in a job offer or not, we definitely want to stay in touch. Whenever a matching position opens up, our tech talent specialists will reach out to start the next conversation with you. 
  1. I got an offer! How do things work once I start?  
  • Congratulations! Once you join UpTeam, our onboarding process gets you up to speed within the first three months. Here’s a quick overview of our onboarding process:
    • Paperwork. After you sign your offer, we start our internal procedure for preparing formalities (registration, adding you to payroll and benefits,  providing hardware, etc.) 
    • Pre-Onboarding Chat. This is a quick 30 minute video conference with your Project Lead and Team Lead where they’ll give you some details about our stack, share what’s useful to review before studying, and answer any questions you might have. 
    • First Day Welcome. Your first day at UpTeam is when you get introduced to a bunch of things: your team, our processes, communications, our leadership team, professional opportunities, future plans, etc. 
    • First 90 days. Intros are done, time to get to work! You’ll connect you up with the project, your deliverables for each sprint, day to day problem solving,  stand-ups,  commits,  pull requests, taking part in discussions with the client you work for over daily video concalls, and more.
    • Interim Syncs. As a new employee, you’ll have monthly meetings to get up to date and resolve any issues or questions you may have. Feel free to reach out to your team members with questions at any time! 
    • Graduation. After your first 3 months, you’ll get the chance to sync with us and share detailed feedback, discuss ideas, professional development, and do a general overview of your onboarding process.

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