A lot of people have asked us how we hire at Buffer and how to go about getting an interview for one of our open positions. I hope I can shine some light on it here!
Probably the most important element we look for is alignment with the 1o Buffer values. The way we go about hiring for Buffer is to primarily look for culture fit.
Then there’s entrepreneurial spirit: As a startup, we’re moving at a very fast pace that’s often hard to keep up with if you’re coming from a larger company (at least that’s what we found so far). So having successful side projects, having worked for another startup before, or being able to show us in another way that you’re comfortable with a fast pace is also a big plus.
Another quite important factor is usage and knowledge of Buffer, the product and the company.
Of course we need to know that you’ve got the skills and experience for the position in question, but that’s a secondary element for us. We look mainly for relevant experience to the particular role someone is applying, less for academic achievements. For example, Niel de la Rouviere, one of our awesome front end engineers, is completely self-taught. Of course, academic achievements are welcome to be mentioned.
The best candidates have all four of these attributes:
The main way we try to gauge culture fit in practice is by looking at the wording of each email and seeing how well it is in line with our culture. Especially since we’re a remote team, written communication gets a lot of weight and gauging emotions from it is important for us.
Secondly, we heavily rely on people’s Twitter accounts, how individuals Tweet and whether their postings are also in line with our culture. Would their posts fit on on our team Twitter list?
We know our formula isn’t perfect – we’ve made many adjustments along the way, and we’re still learning. The best advice I can give is to follow along with Buffer, get to know the company and the product and see if you align with the culture well (we found that our culture is very particular and often doesn’t work well for a lot of people). Once you’ve seen how we do things and you like how we go about running a company, get in touch.
We have 10 positions open right now – does one of them belong to you?