Why You Should Apply to’s Summer Squad 2016

Elli Leppisaari Mar 01 2016 8 AM | 3 min read

The first ever Summer Squad is on a search for its members! We’ve collected a few questions and answers on Summer Squad that you might have been pondering. Hope you find these useful and they provide an extra pinch of motivation to apply.

What do Summer Squad members do? Do I get to do something besides making coffee?

Summer Squad will be doing pretty much the same stuff as other Smartlies. All Squad members work as part of our teams in Engineering, Service Operations, Customers and Marketing, depending on their background and interests. You might find it useful browsing through our different job ads to get a better grip of the daily work.

The tasks will be very hands-on, solving actual challenges we face daily. Prepare to plunge into product development, bug fixing, customer communications, or blog writing for example. Also, everyone at does customer support regularly, and so will the Summer Squad members.

On top of working within teams, squad members will be responsible for certain internal development projects. When it comes to making coffee, every coffee drinker in is responsible for making it. :)

Will I be doing something with the other Squad members?

Sometimes. Most of the time you’ll work with your functional team. Summer Squad members might have some shared development projects, and they’ll have an onboarding camp together in the beginning of June. There will also be different unofficial activities, where you’ll get to know and hang out with other Summer Squad members and Smartlies.

Where will I be working?

Summer Squad will work in’s office in Ruoholahti (Itämerenkatu 1), Helsinki. Working can include travelling.

Are applications processed as they come in?

Yup. We’ll proceed with the applications as we get them, so you might get instructions for homework assignments or invitations to an interview before the deadline. We’ll try to reply all applications within 2 weeks.

How can I get hired to Summer Squad?

The Summer Squad recruiting process is very similar to how we recruit in general. We expect a doer attitude, a drive to develop your skills to new levels, an ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and technical skills.

If you have a programming background, Coding Lane is the way for you. The first step is to crack our Fast Track, after which we’ll hold a technical onsite interview, and finally there’s an onsite coding exercise.

In the Business Track, which can lead to a position in our Customers, Service Operations or Marketing teams, your ability and motivation to learn fast is the key. After reviewing your application, there will be two homework assignments to complete. The next steps will include a Facebook advertising interview and a’s sales demo.

Our recruiting process is tough – but so are you!

Could I end up working for after Summer Squad?

Joining the Summer Squad is a great way to land a permanent job at We always hire people who we’d see joining the team beyond summer. That’s also why our recruiting process for Summer Squad is so similar to our standard recruiting steps.

Why should I join instead of a consulting firm? Or another startup?

Our mission is to maximize learning for our people: we believe that is the place where you can learn and grow the most during a summer. As a Summer Squad member, you’ll get to carry out actual work, solve challenging problems and be in contact with our customers. It’s also a great opportunity to see what it is to work in a growth company serving a global market. And of course, you’ll get spend time with some nice and bright people, enjoy our biweekly saunas, monthly sports, not to forget weekly breakfasts and beers!

Any other questions on our Summer Squad?

Find the instructions to apply to Summer Squad. Check out our Instagram for some moments behind the scenes. And don’t forget to apply before 13th of March!

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