There are five steps to our process:
- The application letter: Instructions for the letter are on our “Work With Us” page.
- Application review: Our Design Hiring Group reviews each applicant’s portfolio and determines whether an application moves to an interview. Roughly 1 out of 10 applications make it to the chat interview stage. This will take roughly between 1 and 3 weeks.
- One text chat interview: We set a time, and one or two Automatticians will interview you over Slack. We like to answer any questions you might have, and we try to get a sense for how you think. If you meet all of our standards and qualifications, you will move on to a trial. Roughly 1 out of 3 interviewees make it to the trial stage. Scheduling the chat interview usually happens within a week.
- A two- to four-week trial: We give you a problem to work on, and we count on you to solve it as if you were working at Automattic 20-hours per week (at an hourly rate of $25/hr—the rate is the same no matter how high you are in the company). We firmly recognize that your day job might make working an extra 20 hours difficult, and so we can extend the time-length of your trial by adding on more weeks if necessary. Roughly 1 out of 3 trial-ees make it to the final interview.
- The final interview: We send you on to chat with our CEO, Matt Mullenweg. There have been a few times when an applicant hasn’t made it past the “Matt Chat,” but if you make it that far, it is definitely a good sign.
The overall time it takes us to review your application is 1 to 2 weeks. And depending upon whether you receive an offer to interview with us, the entire length of time to getting a final offer can be anywhere between 3 weeks to 5 weeks (our average is 33 days for those who are hired as a designer at Automattic).