We hire all of our employees on a contract basis, and all go through a trial. They can do the work at night or over the weekend, so they don’t have to leave their current job in the meantime. We pay a standard rate of $25 per hour, regardless of whether you’re applying to be an engineer or the chief financial officer.
This is a great article by Automattic founder Matt Mullenweg regarding how we go about hiring new employees. Hiring isn’t done based solely on interviews and looking at past work, we actually put the potential employee to work doing the very job they’re interested in to see how they perform. It’s a great for Automattic as a company to see if the person is going to be a fit, but also for the applicant to find out if the job is really a fit for them as well. I imagine more companies will adopt something similar to this in the future to try and improve their hiring process and get the best people onboard.
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