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Meet our people
Adam is a developer at Reaktor in New York. He has not been able to find good coffee at the office yet.
Hannu is the Creative Director at Reaktor New York and has a multidisciplinary background of over 10 years in the field. Starting as a graphic and book designer in the cultural sectors he has brought the same core principles to digital product design: beautiful, meaningful and most of all user-centric design that starts with why. When not perfecting your product Hannu does pushups and works on his pour-over coffee brewing. He is a cliché.
Ellu is a make-it-happenizer, user interface design student and hobbymaniac. She thinks the coolest thing about of her job is turning technological solutions into services for humans.
Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation
You’re hired! In other words: how to get a job at Reaktor
There seems to be a prevailing belief that it’s difficult to get a job at Reaktor. Well, ok, the recruitment process is without a doubt intense, and yes, we only want to hire the people with most potential. However, the pitfall often seems to be that many qualified applicants just don’t know how to promote themselves in the best possible way or include the right content in their CV.
We honestly want to attract as many candidates as possible who are a perfect fit for us. So, I thought I’d put together some tips to help you get a grasp of what we’re looking for. Especially seeing that some of the career guides online aren’t that spot-on from our perspective.
Think of the interview as a conversation, not an interrogation. The whole point is to talk to each other and get to know one another. Mutually. It’s perfectly OK to be a bit nervous. Most of us are. Rest assured: the people on the other side of the table have seen nervous before, so they can see your true colours through it.
Keep your CV nice and compact (rule-of-thumb: less than two pages). The same goes for your cover letter (a one-pager). Include a brief description of each of your previous jobs in your CV. Tell us about the cool things you’ve been up to, and what your heart desires in the future. Avoid major overlapping and repetition between your CV and cover letter. Also avoid cluttering your application with too much glitter and candy. We want it elegant and clear-cut. Remember: never send your application in an open format like doc/x, but rather as a pdf, for example.
Be yourself. Don’t put up an act. Pretending to be someone you’re not probably won’t get you through the first interview, let alone the first few weeks in your new job. Show up wearing comfortable clothes, something that you usually like to wear. Don’t dress up as someone else. We want to meet the real you, the person we’re thinking of hiring.
Tell us about who you are and what you’re into. We’re honestly interested in getting to know you, because we want you to be a part of our company and its culture.
Don’t worry too much about whether you’re good enough or not. We promise we’ll figure it out together. Many of the current Reaktorians didn’t know whether they’d cut the mustard either – and it just so happened they got hired. There’s nothing to lose.
Make sure you show what you know. We really value hard-core know-how, and of course the newest technology trends get our attention. In advance, figure out what it is you’re really good at, and let us know it too. On the other hand, be open about the things you still need to improve in. All of us have something we’re not that big on.
Got people skills? Perfect. Yes, it’s important to be a top-notch professional, but social skills shouldn’t be undervalued either. At Reaktor, it’s a big plus that you work well with others. Sometimes a social talent even outweighs a professional talent. Reflect on what kind of communities and work cultures you’ve been a part of, and what kinds of set-ups ring true to you.
Don’t pigeonhole yourself. So, you’re a java wizard from 9 to 5, but when you get home you like to spend time taking photographs? That’s great! Everything counts, even the things you potter around with when you’re off duty. You just might be the multi-talent we’re looking for.
Don’t let fear or nervousness stop you. You can keep brushing up on your skills forever, but you know what? You can also keep developing while already in the job. We don’t need you to be perfect – we need you to have a burning desire to learn. The potential in you is the juiciest bit.
Yes, the recruitment process might feel a tad suspenseful, but we promise you’ll only be dealing with humans (much like yourself!). No monsters involved. And if it’s a no-go this time, you can always apply again later. In the end, a job interview is always a very educating experience. Why not apply right now?
Best of luck, see you soon!
What we believe in
Structures, contexts and businesses change as they may, but our spiritual foundations stay the same. These five entities are the cornerstones of our biggest asset: our culture.
Getting shit done
We focus on results. That means that we keep the ball rolling and are genuinely passionate about taking our clients’ businesses to the next – no, third – level. Concrete and tangible beats well-planned every time, because a working prototype is worth a hundred meetings. That is also why the client is always an essential part of the team.
Freedom and responsibility
Our teams direct themselves. That way, they have the power to make quick decisions and can react to changes fast. With great freedom comes great responsibility: we trust that our people know how to make good use of their time and the clients’ money. All reaktorians are devoted to both making projects succeed and keeping our business profitable.
We set our sights to year 2200. All our decisions are based on sustainable grounds – we are in this for the long run. Curiosity, experimentalism and iterations are in our DNA. We view our own work critically and are constantly willing to improve – both as individuals and as a company. Failures are regarded as opportunities to learn.
Our company is a flexible network of top notch professionals. The best want to work with the best, and we encourage each other to succeed on a daily basis. Basically, we’re a community of people who want to make the most out of their skills by constantly learning new things. We work in multifunctional teams of technology, design and business experts.
We don’t take ourselves too seriously – our work speaks for itself. We like to pull positive stunts to surprise our colleagues, clients and the whole industry: take HWO or Kids’ Code School, for example. Djuizzz is the character that make us special, bold and just a tiny bit twisted. We behave in a way that reflects our driven attitude and healthy self-esteem.
Children’s Coding School
Sometimes the best ideas come accidentally – like with the Children’s Coding School.
It all started when Juha started teaching his 4-year-old daughter the basics of computing. To keep track of the lessons, he founded a blog called Girls Can’t Code which got surprisingly popular.
The word about the lessons spread among Reaktorians and soon Juha was asked to teach also his colleagues’ children. All sessions were packed with enthusiastic kids.
Juha wondered if other kids would want to learn the essence of coding too. He organized the first public session in January 2014 and it got fully booked in a few minutes. At that point he realized no one could match the demand alone and started asking for help from other IT companies. Luckily, they were happy to participate.
Since 2014 there has been dozens of sessions which have involved several IT companies, public libraries and hundreds of enthusiastic children.