The main challenge was that the client was specific that experience working on autonomous vehicles, embedded systems or AI projects is a huge advantage. So we’ve contacted everyone in Belarus who had relevant experience - basically executive search, circulating around 5 companies, same teams involved in automotive or IoT projects. Then we widened it and excluded only candidates with only web testing experience (the majority).
The two technical interviews that required in-depth understanding of code patterns and math algorithms also eliminated a lot of candidates, even those with a lot of relevant experience.
Also two of the candidates that received a job offer faced 2 counter-offers from their current companies, tough competitors, well-known in Belarus. Before the company became the part of China-Belarus Industrial Park and was able to employ the selected people, we also were supporting and negotiating with candidates to make sure they’re not headhunted.
To satisfy the request of Innoviz we’ve searched on the markets of:
- Belarus, Russia and Ukraine: candidates from all these countries were all present at the final interview in Minsk.
- Germany: we presented 5 CVs of Senior Computer Vision Developers, all English speaking, for the Munich site of our client. Our interviews with them were via Skype. As the result, one candidate received a job offer. There we were successfully competing with 3 other German and UK based recruitment agencies.