Hire by trialing for a week.
I've never had any other job than running 3drops. I started it right after high school while I was still in the refugee camp in Sweden. At that time, I didn't really have much of a plan but just wanting to do something useful with my time. As a refugee in Sweden, you are not allowed to go to University and work is very limited so there wasn't much of a choice.

Or, well, between you and me, I did work (paperless) for a few days, at a tiny hamburger shop next to a nightclub. I would go there around 11 pm to serve awful hamburgers (I did my best) to drunk people (they didn't notice the taste anyway) until 4-5 am for just a few bucks. I thought it would be a fun experience to tell one day. Like today. :) So check. ✔︎

So in that way, I've never really had a job before 3drops. I never worked at an agency, nor at any other company to learn how to do things. So simple things like how to estimate projects, send proposals, hire people, invest in new ideas, all of these things I learned by failing. A lot. Until I figured it out. And because I had nothing to lose, I never feared failure.

This led me to experiment with all kinds of processes to find what worked for us. One of those things was how we find the right match for our team. Be it a new team member or a client, within a few days, without any long meetings, we know if that person/company is the right match for us or not.
With a simple, paid test project for no longer than a week.

So once we get a good portfolio or a good startup on our radar, we get the basics out of the way first. For members, we care about:
- remote experience,
- your side projects,
- and communication skills.

For clients, we care about:
- Founders experience
- Their understanding of design impact
- Reasonable timeline with a budget over $120K

If you meet these initial requirements, we move on to the second phase: scoping a small portion of the project to test for a week.

For members, we pick a small portion of a real project, that plays to your strength to experience your best work. It can be a piece of client work or one of our own startups.

For clients, we look for the core challenge to focus on for a week. For most clients, it's either the navigation system of their product or one of their key flows that hold them back.

The expected outcome at the end of the week, for both members and clients, is a prototype that solves the challenge.

During this test week, we value:
- Speed
- Quality
- Communication

For members, that means:
- The time it takes to go from an abstract idea to a prototype
- Finding those hidden opportunities to prioritise
- Transparent communication throughout the work

For clients, that means:
- The time it takes to provide feedback on the work
- An open mindset to explore new ideas/opportunities
- Transparent communication throughout the work

To keep a transparent process from start to end, we invite members and founders to our Slack and schedule three, 30min-1hour video calls. One on Monday for the kickoff to review the scope and approach together. Another one on Wednesday to discuss the progress and last one on Friday, we review the results together.

If the work checks, we can carry on the work knowing it's the right fit from the start. And if it doesn't, we separate ways, knowing, we weren't right for each other. Either way, we didn't waste any of our time, attending meetings after meetings, asking and answering questions, wondering if it would work out. Just give it a try, for a week, and you'll know.
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