Honeypot is a developer-focused job platform, linking screened tech talent with approved companies. The idea of the platform is to switch the power dynamic of traditional recruiting. You create a profile and companies apply directly to you with transparent job offers. The entry criteria on both sides creates a transparent and efficient marketplace, open only to those pre-approved, allowing talent and companies to focus on finding the right fit.
Demand for skillsets varies. Currently we are seeing a strong need for mobile development and for frontend and backend web development. We also have positions in devops, for data-scientists, for CTOs and more. Experience in startups is a bonus, though not a prerequisite. A good level of English is important for most jobs too, though some positions may be advertised in different languages.
Signup to Honeypot and create a profile. Before becoming visible to companies, we will check your code and have a quick call with you to establish your salary and tech preferences. Once this is complete and your profile is fully filled in, you will enter a batch. Batches start every Monday and run for three weeks and during this time you are visible to companies. This creates urgency for companies who are motivated to move fast to send you interview invites. You accept the interviews for the positions which interest you, interview with those companies, and choose the role that's closest to your ideal.
A Talent Rep is your personal guide to Honeypot. They will lead you through the entire process, from sign up to job offer, answer any questions you have along the way and help you navigate company profiles, interview invites, and job offers. Your Talent Rep is experienced in tech and startup recruitment so feel free to ask for support when you need it.
Honeypot is a completely free service for job seekers! You don’t have to pay a fee at any time on the platform.
Aside from the basics like name, contact information, experience and skills, you can add your salary expectations, prefered location and contract type, and desired roles. We also provide plenty of space for a personal summary plus room to fill in links to your work as demonstrable on platforms like GitHub, Behance, StackOverflow and others. And don’t forget your Talent Rep is there for support if needed.
You can include your earliest start date in your profile. Companies offer you interview invites with this in mind.
We block your current employer by default. You can add other companies you may wish to block through the privacy tab.
You can sign up to Honeypot when you decide you are ready to enter the job market. The hiring process usually goes pretty fast once your profile becomes visible so be sure you have enjoyed your final student days before joining! While Honeypot is geared towards experienced developers, we also recognize fresh graduates have big potential. If there are some experience gaps on your profile we ask you to complete our code challenge. If you prove what you know we let the other entry criteria slide.
Resist that familiar temptation to simply cut an old bio from elsewhere and paste it here. Companies really do read the personal summaries and generally use it as a complement to your tech skills to judge cultural fit. A well-written summary should be between 50 and 200 words long and answer three important questions: who are you, what do you want from your next role, and what demonstrates your ability to progress to that position. Tell us what excites you as a developer and what you would love to do. Don’t forget your Talent Rep is on standby to help when needed.
This part is all about your technical expertise. Include programming languages, frameworks and important tools with which you are familiar. You should be comfortable with the skills you list, meaning you don’t necessarily need to be an expert, but you do need to have more than a basic knowledge. If you feel your soft skills also deserve a mention, we encourage you to incorporate them into the ‘About Me’ section of your profile.
This depends on you, though you should try to be realistic in your assumptions, taking into account your own level of experience as well as living costs in the city to which you are applying. The ideal salary is used as an indicator for companies and is not necessary a fixed criterion.
Yes, you can choose as many locations as you like from the listed areas for your ideal position. You will receive job offers from companies situated in all of these locations. But please don’t select a location unless you really intend to relocate there. If you want to work remotely please select the remote option. However, we do not currently have companies hiring for remote positions.
Yes, you are still welcome to join Honeypot. If you fancy relocating then mark the cities that interest you. If you don’t want to relocate then add a city in the ‘other’ section in your ideal position. We are expanding rapidly and will keep you updated on our movements. The final option is remote positions, though we do not currently have companies hiring for remote positions.
English is the working language of many of the companies using Honeypot, so it shouldn’t be a problem.
Many companies on our platform do sponsor relocation visas. They will take care of the paperwork and the cost involved. Because your work authorization is included in your profile companies who send you interview invites are those who are generally willing to help you resettle.
Some companies will offer a relocation bonus for candidates but few will organize accommodation. We recommend you discuss these points directly with the company once you accept the interview invite.
After you complete your profile, submit it for review. Your Talent Rep screens your profile to make sure we have jobs and companies which fit your skillset. They will email you to let you know when you have been accepted.
Submit your profile and your Talent Rep will usually complete a review within one to two working days, or in very exceptional cases longer. Incomplete profiles delay the process.
To be accepted you must have a complete profile plus a certain level of demonstrable experience in your given field. If you cannot demonstrate your experience we will ask you to complete a code challenge.
During the approval process your Talent Rep adds a headline which summarizes your profile for companies. You have full control over the headline and we can edit it if you aren’t happy. Occasionally, your Talent Rep will also clean up some aspects of the profile to better showcase your skills. Don’t worry, it's just a matter of rejigging for maximum impact, we won’t delete any important information.
If your profile isn’t accepted your Talent Rep will send you an email to explain why. They will be open to answer any questions you may have.
New talent becomes visible in batches. This allows companies to track and organize to whom they have sent interview invites. Once your profile has been reviewed and accepted, your Talent Rep will email you telling you the date of the next batch. Your profile will automatically be included and from that point you are visible to companies. If you want to delay entry to the batch, contact your Talent Rep.
Just send your Talent Rep a quick email explaining your requirements and they will sort it out for you.
When you are accepted onto the platform your Talent Rep will email you directly. You can use that email to contact them whenever you need help or advice. If you have lost your Talent Rep’s email you can contact them at [email protected]
Companies search for candidates by filtering for specific criteria, such as skillset, location, work authorization, and contract type. This brings up profiles of candidates to whom the companies can then send interview invites.
An interview invite is a request from a company to interview you for a specific role. It indicates that a company likes your profile and is interested in talking to you about a position. Accepting an interview invite does not bind you to the company and you may accept as many interview invites as you like.
Interview invites list role-specific information. You can think of them as a more transparent version of a traditional job posting. They include regular items, such as a role description and skill specification, but also salary and other benefits plus a personalized message from the CEO, CTO or hiring manager, depending on the size of the company. For more company specific information you can click into the company profiles.
Each company on the platform has an individual company profile. It is a detailed overview of tech credentials and work culture and is accessible through the interview invite. Company profiles include information about the development team, products, tech stack, hiring procedure, as well as a timeline of major developments and a direct message from the CTO, CEO or HR manager, depending on the size of the company. You can use company profiles as a resource to decide which companies are most appealing to you.
The salary listed on the interview invite should be taken as a ballpark guide. If the figure is within a 20% range of your desired salary then we recommend you accept the interview invite and negotiate directly with the company. Your Talent Rep can help with negotiations.
Sure you can, but don’t overdo it either. You want to leave yourself enough time to properly prepare for each interview.
The interviews are arranged directly between you and the company. Companies are generally flexible to the schedules and requirements of talent. Common interview formats are face-to-face, Skype/Hangout, phone and online pair-coding.
Yes, most companies are happy to interview talent by phone, over Skype/Hangouts or by other such means.
You should fully understand the role that you are applying for by revisiting the interview invite and company profile. Identify the skills the company is looking for and have a clear link to your own profile. Its also helpful to think about which direction you want your career to go in and how that aligns with the future plans of the company. Check out our blog for information on interview tactics.
Yes, you will be eligible to receive interview invites from multiple companies until a paper offer for a job role is signed.
In the unlikely event that you get no interview invites we suggest you contact your Talent Rep.
Yes, if interview invites are not interesting for you, you can decline them. In these cases you can also specify why the invite was not interesting.
At the point when you decline an interview invite you are offered the option to block the company from sending future invites. Alternatively, click on the privacy tab in your account settings and add the unwanted company to your list of blocked companies.
We encourage you to fully evaluate interview invites before declining them. If you change your mind after declining an invite get in touch with your Talent Rep. In some cases the role may have already been filled and hence the interview invite is void, in other cases it may still be open. If it is still possible to interview we will help in whatever way we can.
The referral bonus is €512 and is distributed once the person whom you referred has been hired. You will receive an email notification upon hiring and we will transfer the money to you on their first day.
First of all, congrats on getting hired! Drop us an email to let us know and we will hide your profile. You will no longer receive interview invites.
There is a “rebatch” option when you go on your profile “Click here” to be visible again. Your Talent rep will contact you and let you know about the next steps before being live again.
We are currently working with 1000+ companies in Europe! There are a multitude of industries, such as companies in eCommerce, Marketing, Service, FinTech, Travel, Apps, Software, Health...
First make sure you checked your spam folder, from time to time, recruiters’ email can end up there. You can also contact the recruiter through our Honeypot chat! You can access it on your profile, in the inbox section. Otherwise you should definitely contact your Talent Rep to let him/her know, so as to solve the miscommunication as fast as possible.
Honeypot is an invite-only developer-focused job platform, linking screened tech talent with approved companies. Tech talent are vetted for skills and experience and only upon meeting certain standards are eligible to join. The entry criteria on both sides creates a transparent and efficient marketplace, open only to those pre-approved, which cuts sourcing time, allowing talent and companies to focus on finding the right fit.
After your company is approved to join Honeypot, we create a company profile for you based on the information you submit. Once the company profile is finalized you can immediately start searching for talent using specific parameters and keywords. To contact talent directly for a job role you send an interview invite, which they can accept or reject. As soon as candidates accept an interview invite, the recruitment process proceeds as per your company’s internal procedures.
Any company with tech needs to fulfill can sign up to Honeypot. We require that companies on Honeypot are transparent in job offers. HR managers tend to lead the process though we also strongly encourage involvement from the tech team, in particular the lead developer or the CTO, in screening candidates.
We are currently active in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK, namely in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Stuttgart, Munich, Amsterdam, Rotterdam-The Hague, Eindhoven and London. Watch this space closely though as we’re continuously expanding!
Honeypot is an invite-only platform. Talent comes through direct-invite, referral and community events. Direct-invite talent is sourced by our talent acquisition team. We have a strong pipeline of referrals through talents which have been successfully placed. And finally, we focus on building strong local networks which inspire talents to proactively request invite to the platform.
Talent submit a profile which is screened by our Talent Reps. We do a first assessment of their background and experience and check their coding skills. No engineer gets accepted without some code being reviewed by us. This can be from projects which they have worked on or through an internal code challenge. The code challenge allows us to evaluate candidates who don’t have demonstrable experience. If talent do not have sufficient experience or skill with code they are not accepted onto the platform.
We charge a commission based on the salary of the talents we place. For pricing get in touch [email protected]
We match companies with pre-screened tech talents who are actively looking for new employment. Every week you have access to hundreds new candidates on our platform.Our mission is to get every developer a great job. Our success depends on the success of the users, which is why in addition, we support the developer community with events, blog articles, and even care packages. ;) We like to think of ourselves as the go-to platform for tech recruitment, but we have no intentions of locking you down! Searching for talents on our platform is free, so why not just give us a try?
Talents on Honeypot come from all over the world. On average more than 50% of candidates are from from the EU with 20-25% German speaking talents and approximately 10% Dutch speaking talents.
Instead of using a classic database we work with a smart batch style system which makes candidates live for a fixed amount of time, during which they are actively looking for a new position and are highly responsive towards interview invites. Currently we batch over 140+ new candidates every week for a total of +400 candidate. Be sure to check Monday morning for new talents.
Yes we are. Every developer on Honeypot indicates clearly in their profile which sort of contract they are open to. Most developers, however, are looking for a full-time position.
We are very open to international tech talents and proud to have placed a considerable number of international tech talents in Germany, Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Nevertheless, we always have at least 50% or more European talents active on the platform and at least 20% German speaking and 10% Dutch speaking candidates.
Honeypot tech talents speak all sorts of languages depending on their background, but all candidates are screened for their English language skills.
Since Germany and the Netherlands are our key markets, we aim to have as many local candidates as possible. Currently we aim to have at least 20% German speaking talents and 10% Dutch speaking talents. Companies with local language requirements can apply the language filter when searching to find the right candidates.
Yes! Honeypot was the first platform to offer free visa support for international talents. We want our clients to have access to the best gloabl talent and hence takes care of the whole visa process!
The profiles are filled in by the developers themselves but our Talent Reps help them along the way and provides tips and suggestions for the headlines.
Your Customer Success Manager is experienced in tech recruiting and has a firm understanding of the different programming languages and frameworks. They are happy to help with any questions.
An interview invite is a personalized request to tech talents to interview for a specific role. Tech talent can accept or reject your interview invite and you can send out multiple invites for the same role.
Interview invites combine elements of a traditional job posting, such as a concise job description and skill requirements, with some extra elements to encourage greater transparency, such as salary and a personalized message from you to the talent.
Yes you can send multiple invites for multiple positions. But you can only send a maximum of one invite to any given candidate.
It is normal for some invites to be declined. All declined invites include a reason. In some cases you can re-submit the interview invite, altering some aspects, such as salary. In the unlikely case that all your interview invites are declined we recommend you contact your Customer Success Manager.
The interview process is organized between your company and the talent directly and can follow your usual internal procedures.
Within 3 weeks, tech talents either get a job offer with Honeypot, or through their own channels. In some cases we allow developers to participate in another batch in the future (rebatch)
If you have a great opportunity for a tech talent who didn’t indicate the city your office is in, you can still send them an Invite. Please be aware though that the chance of acceptance is low as this might be a hard requirement for the talent.
After a talent accepts your offer, please get in touch with your Customer Success Manager who will then direct you to our billing department and if necessary start the Visa process.
If you happen to split with one of our talents we offer a refund policy to reduce your risk entirely. This policy refunds 100% if the contract was terminated within 3 months of the starting date (exceptions to this policy are structural changes, such as downsizing)
Please check the terms of your contract.