How I got a job in the Bay Area from Finland

Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA.

A little bit about my background

I’m not a Finnish citizen. I was born and raised in another country. I came to Finland for my bachelor and master’s study. During my study time, I worked for a couple of IT companies in Finland.

Startuplifers — connecting Nordic Talent With The Best Startups

For those that don’t know about Startuplifers, as stated in their website, they are “a non-profit organization connecting talented tech, design and business students and graduates from the Nordics with the best startups in Silicon Valley and beyond”.

What type of visa does the program use

The program uses J1 visa, an Exchange Visitor Visa, which is a nonimmigrant visa type for individuals approved to participate in exchange visitor programs in the United States.

How is the interview process

The application and interview process was pretty standard. However, you will need to do an additional HR screening round with Staruplifers so that the organization can understand you better before selling your profile to companies.

  • Screening interview with Startuplifers (non-technical).
  • Screening interview with company HR (non-technical).
  • Live coding with an engineer (could be several rounds).
  • Take home challenge.
  • Additional screening interview with VP of Engineering / Tech lead.

My personal experiences

San Francisco, CA.

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