Searchlight's mission is to build the best teams by helping companies hire the whole person, beyond resumes and interviews.
Searchlight's intelligent hiring software creates a profile of a candidate's team fit, strengths, and areas of growth through the people who've worked with them before. Our platform then matches the candidate to unique team profiles to predict top performers. Our customers like Zapier, Discord, and Chainlink now have the data they need to hire efficiently and effectively.
We've raised $20M from investors like Accel, Founders Fund, and Soma Capital.
Last updated 16JULY.2021
Searchlight is creating a new category of data-driven hiring, focused on data infrastructure that closes the loop between recruiting and post-hire outcomes.
Fresh funding from top-tier investors like YC, Accel, and Founders Fund
Fast-growing team tackling an initial $140B market opportunity with a category-defining product
77 NPS with customers like Zapier, Udemy, and Coda
Women-led and mission-driven company, founders are Forbes 30U30 with backgrounds from Stanford, Uber, Google, and McKinsey
Opportunity for meaningful ownership, leadership, and autonomy
Recommended Reading: Using Data for Hiring at Zapier
We are looking for a teammate we can count on to:
Given an initial design and technical plan, consistently deliver an end-to-end new product feature
Collaborate with more senior members of the team to scope product requirements and write technical specifications
Be shockingly efficient and results-driven to deliver software improvements to our users
Produce high-quality, production-ready, readable, maintainable code
2-4 years of experience software engineering, preferably at a seed, Series A, or Series B company
Well-versed in at least one modern engineering framework, and has showed aptitude to pick up new frameworks quickly
Self-starter and fast learner
Sharp at problem solving, critical thinking, and systems thinking
Proactive communicator, both verbal and written, around technical decisions and project deadlines
Primarily motivated to deliver high impact solutions to users rather than by using the latest coolest technologies
Biased towards action and speed of delivery rather than quality
Initial Screen (30 min)
First Round Interview (1 hour)
Final Technical Interview (3 hrs)
Final Team Interviews (3 hrs)
Anna Wang - CTO/Cofounder
Within 1 week you’ll...
Onboard with our team
Ship your first commit on day one
Take on 1-2 small tickets to address bugs or make minor improvements. These will have both front-end and back-end components to help you gain familiarity with our codebase
Have 1:1s with everyone on the team
Go through a product orientation to get familiar with the different pieces of our platform
Within 1 month you'll...
Ship your first major project, which will involve scoping, writing the technical plan (ERD) with your onboarding buddy, submitting your ERD for team review, creating Jira tickets + estimates, writing unit tests, creating incremental pull requests, requesting code review, and finally - deploy!
Participate in code reviews for other members of the team
Shadow a few customer and partner meetings every week
Within 6 months you'll...
Work with the engineering team to scope and ship products
Help us grow our team by mentoring new engineers, writing internal tooling and documentation, and interviewing new hires
More about Searchlight
Companies with the best talent win. But the way that companies hire hasn’t changed in decades, and recruiting as a core business function has been largely left behind by technology innovations in other functions like sales, customer success, marketing, etc. Job descriptions are still written in silo-ed documents, recruiting metrics end at time-to-fill instead of quality-of-hire, and we have a devastating diversity problem. While these are big challenges, we see a huge opportunity for Searchlight to own a ton of whitespace in the recruiting tech landscape.
Searchlight's full-cycle talent platform gives companies the right data and infrastructure to assess candidates and scale winning cultures.
Remote through Sep 2021
Located out of the San Francisco, CA office beyond Sep 2021 with hybrid in-person and remote work
Weekly team dinners (remote) sponsored by the company
Salary range $120-140k
401(k), Unlimited PTO, Health Insurance (100% paid premiums)
What Hybrid Work Means to Us
We are a fast-paced, tight-knit team that enjoys quality time working synchronously during core business hours. We have a PDX office and will have a SF office by EOY2021. We encourage team members to come into the office 2-3 times a week.
Diverse and Inclusive Employer
We’re committed to providing equal treatment and opportunity to all applicants at every stage of the hiring cycle and throughout their life at the company. We don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status.
Note: Research says men tend to apply even if they only meet ~60% of the job qualifications, whereas women and other marginalized groups are hesitant to do so. If you don’t match 100% of the job qualifications but think you’d be a great fit, we encourage you to apply!
Exciting upcoming projects in our product pipeline: