Yes, we are hiring developers! But before that, it would be great if you know a little background about Interviewstreet, the growth and what you can expect working with us.
Who are we?
We are Vivek & Hari. We are very nice guys. Okay, if that hasn’t satisfied you, here’s a traditional answer:. To help us move forward, we are backed by some of the most awesome and inspiring people in the startup circuit
Vivek graduated from NIT, Trichy in 2008, worked for Amazon and now at Interviewstreet. He takes care of the selling.
Hari graduated from NIT, Trichy in 2008, worked for IBM and now at Interviewstreet. He takes care of the coding.
We applied to a bunch of startup accelerators programs, liked Morpheus a lot (they also liked us!) and said ‘Yes, we would quit our jobs and work on Interviewstreet‘ at IIM-B in June ’09.
The story so far..
We started off Interviewstreet as a platform for conducting mock interviews for students to help them in campus placements. But soon (9 months) found out that there was something wrong with our business model (or) our execution methods were flawed. Bottom-line, we were on the wrong path. Looking back, I really don’t know where from we got that itch to move on, keep moving on until we latch onto something. But we never gave up!
We made about 10K INR (in revenues) in the whole of 9 months when my mom asked me ‘When am I thinking of getting married?‘ – a funny moment in my life.
We morphed the idea into a platform to help companies hire / screen programmers. We built a codechecker which would evaluate a candidate’s code on correctness and optimality judging his programming skills.
We launched the new version of Interviewstreet in late July. The 1st cut looked ugly, complaints and bugs all over, but we still had one customer who said ‘I really love your product!‘ – that gave us a big kick! We did a marathon, sat all night, fixed bugs, wrote selenium scripts and made it better. And then more demos, more coding, more features (of course more stability) has led us to an impressive set of customer base featuring some of the big names like Amazon, Cleartrip, Flipkart, One97 etc. (a couple of really big companies are using our product in trial mode right now!)
Our working style
We want to work only with rockstar engineers and we really mean it! We got a lot of resumes but refused to settle to anyone except a real stud – we hired Anand! Incidentally he was our 1st customer for mock interview business – connecting the dots.
The initial months are a struggle in any startup but we have just hatched and understood ourselves better. We are NOT these code monsters who sit in a black room with a coffee maker by the side – no weekends, no movies, etc. We have a life, outside work and expect you to have one too.We take off on weekends.
I make short films, my 1st movie is in it’s post production stage (to be released soon) and have started shooting for the next one. Hari typically spends his weekends with his friends (predominantly the fairer sex). Anand vanishes during weekends back in Coimbatore!
We don’t have an office space, no VP of sales,etc. and completely transparent. We are very stubborn on providing awesome customer service!. We pay well (cash + equity)
We work at our home, eat mom’s food (who wouldn’t love to!), wake up at HH:MM hrs and start working at HH:(MM+10) hrs. No waste of time in traffic / travel, etc. just work.We really don’t care whether you code in the Marina beach or Maldives islands, as long as you ‘git push’ before the deadline, we are okay!
But just in case if you need an office space, we have booked one in Chennai overlooking A.R.Rahman’s studio
We are not fascinated by building a business which would have a 50 member sales team, 100 member engineering team, etc. We want to build a 37signals out of India – we would like to remain small in employee size but big in revenues. Everything would be engineer driven and believe strongly in Inbound marketing which is the best way to scale!
There is complete transparency in what we do.None hides anything from anyone and you are free to ask any questions you like. You are free to comment on any aspect – ‘Why are we doing this?‘, ‘Why are you taking a big salary‘ , etc. if you feel my salary is low, feel free to tell that too!
This is an open challenge – you can ask any of our customers about our service and none would complain! We are agile, extremely agile that one customer called me up to ask if we guys have robots working at Interviewstreet? Our SLA’s are in hours when there’s a complaint and in fact most of the cases, it’s in minutes!
Type of work
Two words that describe our work:
– Extremely challenging
This has become a cliched term but we really are working on exciting and challenging stuff. Figuring and implementing ways to scale our application, make the codechecker faster (Anand is working on milliseconds optimization on codechecker currently!), etc.
We are very quick and ruthlessly productive, yes that’s the word. You become very fast in building things and I can guarantee that your effective work per unit time would shoot by 10x!
I asked Anand to share some of his thoughts and this is what he had to say…
- Get exposed and work on the latest awesome cutting-edge technologies
codeigniter, memcached, varnish, jquery, foostack, selenium, blueprint, cross domain iframe hacking (embedabblejs one).
git, tuning apache -mysql, scalling issues.
Some hardcore c++, exposure to various languages while adding support to them in codechecker.
- Fun gyaans from vivek
- Incredible code architectural knowledge from hari
- Exposure to the startup environment .. (this tops everything!)
- 95% exciting work … (rest 5% is css, blah blah, though I turn it back to hari most of the times)
- Always open to new ideas and methodologies ( the FIFO idea , the named pipes implementation )
- I get a book every month related to startup / web from Interviewstreet!
You would be exposed to all aspects of programming – back-end, CSS / HTML / PHP, writing test suites, etc. And of course, you are free to join any demo / investor meetings, etc.
We are really NOT looking for resumes and definitely not those which have these kind of lines at the start
“Looking for a place where my experience and my personality will add value to the organization and we can mutually benefit and have a healthy growth, etc.”
We have created a buzz already, but would like to make a dent in the universe, are you game? While that may sound dramatic, we really want to be BIG – big in terms of customers, revenue and the value created. We would like the customers to have no other option but to just love us and our product!
If you are pumped up to join us , drop an email saying “hi” to firstname.lastname@example.org and we would love to talk to you!