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Join @UpTeam®

At UpTeam, we’ve built an international technology accelerator where great engineers and software developers can do their best work alongside experienced colleagues. Our global reputation and track record show our work on the frontiers of both software technologies and development practices.

Our project teams collaborate hand-in-hand with top engineering experts from renowned technology companies, from giants like Amazon, Microsoft and GE to a broad spectrum of the latest venture-funded Silicon Valley startups.

UpTeam welcomes professionals at different levels. We have grown by bringing together engineers who are eager to invest in their professional future. Does this sound like you?

Our project teams are led by experienced tech and startup execs. All projects need both seasoned experts as well as high-potential junior devs to solve problems and figure out how to sustainably turn new software ideas into reality. We want you to be at the forefront of viable development projects, investing into the long term. 

Each successful project we complete develops into new projects and new opportunities. As a new UpTeamer, you will  contribute directly to specific projects that build a foundation for future initiatives. All UpTeamers grow their career one project at a time. 

The foundation of our success at UpTeam is finding and cultivating great developers and software engineers – this is where you come in. We value solid English language skills and the drive to collaborate and are 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.

We welcome your interest in becoming an UpTeamer. Here’s how it works

The Resume

Submitting your resume is the first step to joining us at UpTeam. This is where you help us understand your skills so we can match them up with our available roles.The following guidelines can help you create the perfect CV: 

  • Keep it simple
  • Stay specific and focused
  • Link your coding accounts
  • Principles and best practices
  • Be transparent

Keep it simple 

Tell us who you are in a way that’s easy to read. Highlight the experience or knowledge that will make you stand out to our tech talent specialists. Your potential peers, and our hiring managers, are looking for talent that fits both team and project. 

Remember the basics: your CV should be easy to read (think about format). Include relevant educational and professional experiences as well as clearly explain why the combination of your knowledge and experience makes for a great fit. The people reading your CV are technology leaders and software engineers (even our CEO is an engineer), along with tech talent specialists. These are people who code, understand every word you put in your resume and in most cases are as familiar with the context of your work as you are. That means you shouldn’t be afraid to include links to relevant code repos where possible. 

Stay specific and focused

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

Skills

You don’t need to list every technology, language and skill you can think of. Instead, include your key skills and tech competencies in your summary and attached to your past experiences. This is the easiest way to showcase the areas you’re comfortable with and want to work in.

Experience

Be specific about the development work you’ve done. “Built a mobile iOs app” is too general. Describe your team, your process, the skills or languages you used and include concrete measures in your descriptions. These extra details help add personality and give recruiters a sense of who you are. By being detailed and specific, 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 your coding accounts 

Just like graphic designers use portfolios, developers can use Github, Bitbucket, and Stack Overflow accounts to showcase their talent. If you contribute to open source projects or have any kind of online presence that would help with your application, be sure to add those links to your resume. If you’ve worked on any apps in an app store, definitely include the link. If you’ve worked on a specific website, share the (working) URLs in your resume. And don’t forget to add a description of your role and your exact involvement in each project. 

If you don’t have an account that showcases your work, we recommend creating an account today and keeping it up to date. Seeing some real examples of your code increases the likelihood for you to be invited for an interview. 

Principles and Best Practices 

To help make yourself stand out, indicate how you’ve applied best practices 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. Make sure to highlight any software engineering principles you’ve used throughout your resume. This shows the recruiter that you’ve developed good habits and have an in-depth knowledge of software engineering. 

Be transparent

We have many open positions and we look holistically at each candidate, evaluating your value to the company long-term, keeping in mind both your first project and the next. This means we look at your resume as just one data point – we also look out for an appetite for learning and relearning. This means that interviews will be focused on team interaction and how well you can communicate.  

Last but not least: be transparent about your skills and experiences. We expect you to be knowledgeable about everything you put into your CV. 

We know that nobody knows everything – the best resumes objectively describe real time spent and real problems solved. That helps us understand what you’ve accomplished and what you can do, both when we read it and then when we discuss it together.

The Video Interview 

Once you’ve submitted your CV, you will hear back from us within a week or less. If you pass this review, we will invite you for an interview. 

Everyone’s first UpTeam interview is a video chat with one of our tech talent specialists. This is your opportunity to make a great first “real-life” impression. You’ll also learn more about the company and the position that you’re applying for. This will help us both understand if it’s a good fit. 

Here’s what to expect from the first interview: 

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

Our process

At UpTeam we are proud of the level of optimization in our hiring process. We like to take days, instead of weeks, and we appreciate candidates who are as responsive and decisive as we are.It really helps us with finding the best match. 

Remember: Even if you don’t get a second callback for the specific role you applied for, the answers you give during your interview may set you up with other roles in the future. 

All interviews are conducted via video calls. 

A proper environment

Choose an environment where you feel comfortable and won’t be interrupted or distracted. That means that a meeting room in a coworking space is better than Starbucks, and your bedroom is better than the common area if you live in a shared flat. We want to focus on you and your capabilities, not on your cappuccino or cat (as pretty as they might be).

Prepare video & tech setup

Video calls are our default tool with pretty much everyone we work with, inside or outside the company. At UpTeam we use Zoom, Slack, and GMeet. That means that 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. Double check that you’re well-lit and can be seen from your front-facing camera. Your interviewer will appreciate being able to see your face during the call, so avoid sitting with your back to your window. To avoid any last minute panicking before your interview, follow these recommendations:

  • Make sure you have access to high-speed WiFi;
  • Adjust the lighting for clear video quality;
  • Use high-quality headphones with a built in microphone, especially to minimize echo;
  • Use a fully charged computer, or plug it in;
  • Register for (and download) Zoom, GMeet or whichever digital platform your interview will be conducted on;
  • Dress smart, the same way you would for an in-person interview.

Example questions 

OK, so now you’re ready. But what are we going to be discussing in this first interview? These are some typical questions our recruiters ask: 

  • Could you describe your work experience with {technology XYZ}? 
  • Briefly describe the architecture of your last project. What worked well and what could have been done better?
  • Can you give an example of a tough technical challenge you faced and how you solved it?
  • Are you accustomed to working remotely? Would you like to continue working remotely or prefer a hybrid mode of work?
  • What are you looking for in a new role? 
  • When would you be available to start?
  • What salary range are you looking for? 

These aren’t all the questions we’ll discuss; they are simply a selection. We are genuinely interested in your experience – this is not a test and there’s not usually any right or wrong answer. Practice, be prepared and it will be a good experience. 

You’ll get feedback within three days of the interview, potentially with an invite to our tech interview. 

The Tech Interview

Congratulations, you’ve made it to UpTeam’s tech interview! To make your life easier, we’ve created a few simple guidelines to follow when preparing for your technical interview. For general interviewing tips, check out The Video Interview above. To help you prepare for this stage, we will describe a few relevant components:

  • Complete the UpTeam exercises
  • Still nervous? Practice out loud
  • Do your homework, not just the home task
  • Present yourself at the interview

Complete the UpTeam exercises 

Three days before your technical interview, you’ll be assigned a series of short exercises. Depending on the role you’re applying for, these exercises can be a set of open questions or small coding exercises that can take anywhere between 45 to 90 minutes to complete. 

Just like in real life, feel free to use any online materials you like. Above all, we want to understand your approach. That means we’re interested in your thought process more than a perfectly compiled piece of code or a prize-winning algorithm optimization.

Still nervous? Practice out loud

Many past candidates have said that practicing out loud helped them feel calmer before the interview. So find someone to practice with who is a good listener – even better if they can ask relevant questions about your experience. You’ll want to practice answering questions slowly but thoroughly. 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 or client. 

You can even practice by recording yourself as you go over the exercises, playing it back to get an idea of how to improve before the actual interview. Doing this on your computer, with the kind of setup we will have at the interview, will also help you to detect any possible technical problems before meeting. 

Do your homework, not just “contemplate”

We encourage you to prepare for a virtual technical interview the same way you would an in-person interview. Set yourself up in a comfortable environment that makes the conversation easy for you and your interviewers. Be prepared to code. Do your research before the interview. Dress appropriately, and be ready to ask your own questions. We want to know what you want to know because this is a good indication of your fit for the team.

Present yourself at the interview

Each technical interview is conducted by a professional who, like you, has been through the UpTeam interview circuit. They know what it’s like and are ready to have an open and friendly conversation with a potential future colleague. Nonetheless, we understand that this can be a stressful conversation. So if at any point you need a break during the interview, don’t hesitate to ask. Chances are that your future colleagues will appreciate it as well! 

Be ready to present your responses on a video call. This presentation assures authenticity and let’s you show off your public speaking skills. You can expect one or two video interviews that can last up to two hours with the hiring manager as well as with peer development experts. 

We want this to be an experience that feels like a group of colleagues discussing technical problems. Small talk is fine as an icebreaker to get the conversational juices flowing before we get right into things – we want to make the best use of your time and ours.

You can 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 everything’s fresh in your mind. Don’t forget to think about questions you’ll want to ask at the next interview.  

The Job Offer 

If you receive a job offer at the end of the interview process, congratulations! Our onboarding process here at UpTeam is dedicated to helping you get up to speed within your first three months on the job. Here’s a quick overview of what you can expect:

Paperwork

After you formally sign UpTeam’s job offer, we start our internal procedures for taking care of all the formalities. This includes registration, adding you to the payroll, integrating you into the benefit plan,  providing hardware and so on. Making sure that all documents are signed and returned promptly will make sure the process gets completed in a timely fashion.  

A pre-onboarding debrief

This is a quick 30 minute video conference that we set up with you, your Project Lead and Team Lead. This is where they’ll give you details about our stack, share what will be useful to review before starting and answer any questions that you might have. 

Welcoming you on your first day

There’s a lot to do on your first day here at UpTeam. We introduce you to  your team as well as in-house our processes, communication practices, leadership team, professional opportunities, future plans and more. We’ll make you feel right at home. 

Your first 90 days

Once all the introductions are done, it’s time to get to work! We make sure you’re connected with everything you need to engage fully with your projects. This is the period where you’ll become more familiar with your deliverables for each sprint, day to day problem solving, stand-ups, commits and pull requests as well as take part in discussions with the Client you work for via daily video concalls and more.

Sync up for support 

As a new employee, you’ll have monthly meetings where you’ll get up to date on all relevant processes 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 trial period, we meet with you so that you can share detailed feedback and discuss both ideas and professional development. We will also do a general overview of your onboarding process.

Welcome aboard!