Hiring iPhone developer, researcher

Ramit Sethi · July 21st, 2010

1. I’m looking for a researcher to dig into some projects. You must be extremely anal about finding every single piece of data, and be able to think laterally when I give you a high-level question. If you’re interested, please fill out this survey.

2. Quick 5-second survey: Which magazines do you read?

3. I’m looking for an experienced designer to re-skin an iPhone app we’re currently developing. Please email your portfolio, featuring past app designs, to charhoehn AT, with the subject line “Ramit’s iPhone app.”

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  1. Smart use of a survey to find a researcher AND gather data.

  2. I’m a big fan of you, Ramit, but your survey for a researcher looks like an attempt to get free work. I understand that you want to make sure your potential candidate is up to the task, but it looks like you’re trying to get candidates to actually _do_ the work for you without paying them. Feels like you could ascertain competence based on one of the questions (or at least filter to the few candidates you wanted to interview).

    Then again, this is a blog about saving money and that includes you!

    [Ramit’s comment: I understand, but it’s actually a filter to screen out people who don’t know how to do real research — and you can’t just do that with one question, as I’ve discovered before. It’s a good thing, too, since most of the responses so far are simply people’s opinions, rather than ACTUALLY doing research and sourcing data to answer questions.]

    • This would make for a cool follow up post on your results for this position. If it works then it’s basically a case study in how to find a skilled worker online. In your case you have a large reader base to pull from (and can leverage your reputation in exchange for applicant effort), but something similar could be done using oDesk, eLance, etc.

      The bar seems high here considering the amount of work required. Number of applicants, number of legit applicants, etc. would be very interesting to see.

      [Ramit’s comment: Yeah! I’ve already successfully hired many people via this blog, including some who have made $100k+ from our work together. Definitely agree about the high bar.]

  3. Kierthi

    When does the survey close?

  4. I was wondering the same thing as Kierthi. I just saw the blog post. Would love to apply for the researcher position but when does it close?

    • Ramit Sethi

      I would probably fill it out today if you’re interested. Thanks.

  5. Hmmm, i think I will fill this out today in case you haven’t chosen anyone yet.