We’ve been going through the process of hiring our next cohort for the Atomic Accelerator. It’s an exciting time! In the Ann Arbor office, I generally pair to conduct the hourlong interviews, and we open up with 5-10 minutes for Accelerator candidates to ask us questions. This has led me to reflect on some of the […]
I hate the idea that we might miss hiring an awesome teammate at Atomic Object — especially if we lose the opportunity for a stupid reason like an unintentional bias in our interview process. Several of us recently read Thomas Ptacek’s post about fixing broken developer interviews, which has spurred our efforts to improve our […]
As our CEO Carl Erickson wrote last week, we’re trying to build a more diverse team, focusing first on gender diversity. I was asked to look at how we market our job openings and find ways to reach more female candidates. One of the first things I discovered was the idea that job descriptions themselves […]
In the past few months, I have become very involved in the hiring process here at Atomic’s Ann Arbor office. We’re still relatively small compared to our Grand Rapids counterpart, and we’re actively looking to add people to our team. (Apply here!)
Atomic made a big hiring push this summer, a decision we knew would cause an uptick in the number of candidates we needed to review. In order to better share the load of reviewing applicants, we created a pool of employees that we dubbed “Fit Checkers.” Our Fit Checkers were a mix of junior and […]
When we’re hiring at Atomic, we’re obviously looking for people who have maker skills as a software developer or a designer. But that’s just the start. We consider your fit with our company’s consultant culture and values at least as much as your technical skills. Here are seven things you can do to win our confidence during the interview process.
For most of our history, Atomic has been hesitant to be too specific about the kind of developers we look to hire. Because our work and client base are diverse, we’ve stuck to words like “smart,” “generalist,” and “culture fit”—hoping to cast a wide net and bring in a lot of candidates. We’re embarking on […]
Much like working with our clients to design and build an application, putting together an interview process involves balancing competing constraints. We want plenty of time to get to know candidates, but keep time investment within reasonable bounds for everyone involved. We set up defined tasks and scenarios but also want to leave room for […]
At Atomic, we have a lot of pride in the software that our development teams build. So naturally, when considering potential future Atoms, we want to be sure that they can contribute to the success of those teams. We evaluate three areas to accomplish this: technical ability, communication skills, and cultural fit. If you were […]
Atomic is looking to add two talented designers to our Grand Rapids team. We are interested in talented junior or senior designers who take a user-centered design approach to their craft and are excited to participate in the entire product lifecycle from concept through implementation.