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Recruiting Startup of the Year Nominee: Relocate

With Relocate, technology companies can reach beyond their local market and attract a large pool of international talent, all of whom are ready to, you guessed it, relocate.

Meet the companies vying for the title of Recruiting Startup Of The Year (RSOTY) at Hiring Success 18, in San Francisco, March 12-14. Register here!  Your vote determines which six are flying to California to pitch their ideas to 1000+ Talent Acquisition leaders and puts them in the running for the grand prize.

One of these six will be selected by a group of C-Suite experts and industry analysts for the ultimate prize of a Gold Sponsorship to Hiring Success 19, worth $10,000, which includes a branded booth and dedicated demo-room for potential customers to interact with their product.

Since 2012, Relocate has supported hundreds of developers across the world – from Australia to Sweden, Brazil to the Netherlands, France to the Czech Republic – in their job-seeker and relocation efforts by providing a source of truth for the ‘need to knows’ of  visas, work permits, insurance, cost of living, schools , and all those other fun details.

We talk with founder and CEO of  Relocate, Andrew Stetsenko to understand how running a tech recruitment site led to him creating a job relocation platform for software developers seeking long-term employment opportunities abroad.

What’s your company’s elevator pitch?

Job relocation made easy.

Seems nice and simple! So tell us, how did it strike you that people needed help relocating?

We learned from experience. After running the tech recruitment agency Relocateme.eu for five years time and again we saw that many companies, didn’t provide relocation support to international candidates they bring on board.

Though it’s actually quite common for tech firms to relocate candidates, there still isn’t a system to provide accurate information to these new or potential hires – especially from a single source. That’s where Relocate comes in.

How do you envision your idea changing the talent acquisition landscape?

Relocating for a job isn’t something new. Moving is difficult on its own, but adding the challenge of finding companies that offer visa sponsorship/relocation packages makes the process truly overwhelming.

Relocate encourages the global exchange of ideas from an employee standpoint through providing pertinent information about relocating and on the employer side through promoting the concept of relocation packages as central to the hiring schemes.

What does ‘hiring success’ mean to you?

Providing a more streamlined experience for both parties: for software developers, willing to land a challenging new job abroad; and for tech companies, trying to attract international talent.

What is your favorite interview question and why?

One of my most beloved interview questions is, ‘what’s your favorite book and what are you reading now?’

I always try to ask questions that go beyond a someone’s professional traits. It’s always interesting to find out what they do outside of work –  do they play sports, do they volunteer, do they like to travel? These questions give me a sense of a candidate as a whole person beyond just checking off skills.

What’s the role of technology in hiring?

The right technology reduces hiring costs and shortens your time-to-hire. The challenge is selecting the technology that will work for you from all the thousands of options.

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