Hiring Process

Your time and effort are important to us.

We aim for our application and interview process to be as enjoyable as possible—including offering asynchronous video interviews in many categories. We will keep you updated on the hiring process as we’ve been job seekers, too! So, we know that being informed throughout the hiring process is important.

Since most of our work requires skilled expertise, we may ask you to complete a practical exercise to get an idea of how you work, communicate, and solve problems. It could be a coding challenge, a quick task or presentation, or an analytical report. It also allows you to see how we work, what we do, and to understand our challenges.


Introduction call


Meet the team


Hiring process


We have stringent processes when hiring analysts, and the evaluation mechanisms vary depending on whether you are a security, collection, or technical analyst. You may be expected to complete a short skills and writing test.


You will be expected to present your portfolio and be part of a design exercise with up to two designers in the technical design interview.


We follow industry-standard practices when hiring engineers and data scientists.

Engineering Hiring Process

You will be expected to participate in a technical coding test. We use an external company for the technical coding tests to ensure a fair process to hire the best engineers.

Data Science Hiring Process

We may ask you to complete a coding test. We will ask technical solution questions as part of the hiring process to test your technical knowledge.


We have many exciting opportunities in the linguist team, ranging from translation work that helps build machine-learning language models to specialist linguists who work alongside analysts.

Translators For Machine Learning

We often hire flexi-time staff for translation work relating to machine learning within a specific country. You’ll be expected to have access to your own computer and a stable internet connection, as well as be able to complete a simple language test. The hiring process may vary depending on geography and specific language requirements.


Any further questions?

After sending you an offer, we will conduct a security check. The exact process will depend on your location. Still a bit unsure of what to expect? We’ve compiled a few FAQs below.

Do you work with recruitment agencies?

We have a great in-house team that helps us find the perfect team members.

Do you offer internships or work experience?

Yes, we run periodic internship programs, which could include data scientists, political science students, economists, lawyers, and designers. Internship programs are advertised on our regular hiring webpage.

Do you offer full remote or hybrid roles?

Yes, many of our roles are fully remote. Staff can visit any of our offices, such as in Cape Town, for in-person meetings, trainings, or to participate in co-creation workshops.

Do you offer flexible working hours?

One of our values is strategic flexibility. With team members all over the world, we nimbly work across time zones. So, you may need to flex your hours depending on your team’s projects and needs.

Due to the nature of our work, you may be required to work shifts or weekends.

More questions? Please ask for further details during the hiring process.

What makes up my security check?

Checks may include but not be limited to a criminal record check, biometric processing (including fingerprint checks), and other security procedures depending on your position and location.

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