Interviews are conducted via Slack – they’re text-only. That’s how we work day-to-day, so we want to interact with you in that medium. The initial interview is a 90-minute chat (which we’ve found is the equivalent of a 60-minute face-to-face interview) with an engineer, which covers subjects like motivation, technical depth, problem solving, and managing complexity. You’ll have plenty of opportunity to ask questions, too.Source
I think this is neat for three reasons:
- Many companies communicate mostly via writing (Slack, email, Google Docs, PR comments, etc.) but their interview processes don’t test writing communication skills. This fixes that.
- Interviewers can’t always tell if someone’s doing badly because they’re nervous or because they’re bad. Most people aren’t as nervous over Slack which levels the playing field.
- Some people (like me) need a minute or two to ponder a question instead of immediately spouting off some brilliance. With Slack, you don’t have to hit enter until you’re satisfied.
Running the whole interview over Slack feels like a mistake; you need some face time. But I think Slack based interviews may have their place too. I’m wondering why it isn’t more common.
Anyone have experience or thoughts about this? Email me.