Hiring unicorns for the world's biggest ed-tech platform - Kahoot!
Kahoot! is an educational platform that makes learning fun, inclusive, engaging, shareable, and ‘magical’. The platform is created by an international team located in Oslo, London, and Austin. Kahoot! is used by 70 million users monthly, across all countries, with more than 60 million games created within the platform.
First Engineers entered the picture in fall 2017, when Kahoot! needed to strengthen the engineering and product teams with new talent to spearhead the company’s growth. We’ve helped Kahoot fill positions in their Oslo Headquarters in the Engineering, Product and Design teams such as Frontend Developers, Backend Developers, Product Managers, UI and UX Designers and Head of Design. Our role has been to guide candidates throughout the entire process – from sourcing to negotiation and offer stages.
Positions: Frontend Developers, Backend Developers, Product Managers, UI and UX Designers and Head of Design and Product Manager
As most of our clients, Kahoot! has requirements and desires for new employees. The main challenge here was finding exceptional unicorn talent in a market starving of available skilled professionals. Candidates needed to have experience in both end-to-end product development and high-traffic/usage product as well as be able to manage the technical challenges that naturally arise in these fields. At the same time, the strong culture at Kahoot! required candidates invested in the cause and mission of improving education and learning.
The process started out with an extensive role-specific analysis, on which we built job ads and optimised the campaign. Part of this was close monitoring of job platform performance in respect to each role. Through identifying groups and forums we additionally ensured efficient job ad distribution across social media platforms.
Given that we were looking to fill positions that required exceptional talent, we first created position-based recruitment strategies for each role and recruitment process. All throughout the collaboration with Kahoot, we continuously gathered significant amounts of data in order to constantly improve our strategy and approach in the market.
During the sourcing period we implemented both local and international teams, which each covered region-specific talent acquisition. These teams also represented our recruitment offers at meet-ups in Poland and Norway.
The recruiters and co-founder Jørgen Iversen are highly skilled professionals with a focus on delivering qualified candidates and a good candidate experience. I appreciate the data-driven approach and the customer-oriented attitude First Engineers has in their recruitment process and these are important skills to bring in a very competitive market where every company is looking for the same kind of profiles. They always work hard to deliver good results. I’d highly recommend First Engineers to other companies.