This tech company wants to hire you—and all your friends
Mobile payments startup Stripe is experimenting with letting job seekers apply as teams.
The job search can be a lonely process. But Stripe, a Silicon Valley-based mobile payments startup, is taking steps to correct that.
Calling the hiring initiative BYOT, or Bring Your Own Team, Stripe is allowing job candidates apply for IT jobs as teams. Stripe engineering manager Avi Bryant describes it as a way of bringing out the best in job candidates.
“You’re stronger as a team than you are apart,” he wrote in a blog post. “Working together, each of you has a valuable advantage—you could call it a network effect—over anyone who works alone.”
The unique move is more of a reflection of the intense demand for IT talent than a concession to frustrated job seekers. Here’s how it works: You round up between two and five of your software engineer buddies, each with an individual resume as well as some description of A) How you know each other, B) How you work as a group and C) Ideally, an example of something you’ve built together. From there, you’ll go through the interview process collectively, and if Stripe makes an offer, it’ll be to the team as a whole (although applicants are still free to accept or decline individually).
It’s an interesting idea, although (as Business Insider points out) it’s not without potential drawbacks. The mechanics of salary negotiation take on an added complication when you’re applying as a team, and then there are the touchy social implications of hiring en masse.
What if Stripe only likes one or two of you, for instance—does it still extend the offer to full team? Do the proceedings devolve into an early Beatles-type situation, with the decided Pete Best of the group finding himself replaced by a slicker, flashier Ringo Starr?
These are valid questions for job seekers to ask, and Stripe seems to recognize the potential hurdles of the approach. “This is an experiment and we’ll tweak it as we go,” wrote Bryant. “We’re excited to try it out, though—the industry has always focused on hiring atoms; we’d like to try hiring molecules.”
Curious? Check out Stripe’s job openings on Monster—and bring your friends.
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