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Application Process

Here's a step-by-step guide on what to expect throughout your application process.

Step 1 - Email

Our first contact will be over email. You send us your resume (ideally with links to your portfolio) and we’ll get the process going. These questions make sure we don’t waste each other’s time by uncovering showstoppers that would prevent us from working together.

Step 2 - One Hour Interview

The next step is a one hour interview – often on-campus for students or over the phone for experienced people. We’ll mostly talk about you – what you’ve done, what gets you out of bed in the morning, and what your aspirations are. There’s no sales pitch here - we’re happy to talk about any part of SEP that helps you figure out if we should be working together.

Step 3 - Full Day Interview

If it makes sense to continue the conversation, we’ll move on to a face-to-face interview. These are full day affairs, with several key activities throughout the day:

THE TOUR

Come see us in our natural environment. More than just whiteboards and desks, we’ll try to give you the flavor of SEP – history, philosophy, current projects, and culture.

THE DEMO

You doing your thing – coding, designing, etc. These are interactive sessions at a board or a computer, working with our engineering and leadership team.

THE LUNCH

Keeping our strength up! We’ll get out of the office, get less technical, and talk through any questions you have.

THE VALIDATION

This is a chance to talk privately with someone who’s not on the recruiting team and validate things you've learned. You pick the demographic and we’ll try to find someone who most closely fits.

THE DETAILS

You’ll get a detailed rundown of next steps, our benefit programs (ex. health insurance, retirement programs, how time off works, etc.), and an estimated timeline for our decision making process.
Step 4 - Decisions

Based on the full day interview, we’ll either:

  • Respectfully part ways
  • Make you an offer
  • Need to explore more with you to get clarity for a decision

We’ll respond as promptly as we can. If offering, we’ll conduct a background check and let you know that we intend to offer, pending the check. Once the paperwork is done, you’ll get the formal offer via email. The offer will have a deadline - if timing is a concern, just let us know.

These interviews are conducted by several people from our engineering and leadership teams. Meeting a broad cross-section of SEPeers helps make sure we're right for each other. It’s also a good idea to do your homework and check out the rest of our website – you can learn a lot about us from the blogs, videos, and project portfolios.

Ultimately, we want you to have the information you need to decide if working together makes sense for you, and we are deciding if working together makes sense for us. If you realize at some point during the interview that SEP isn’t right for you, please let us know, and we will do the same. Our decision process basically looks like this - to respectfully part ways, make you an offer, or have further discussions.
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