Goodlord hired a Senior PHP Engineer by building their Talent Pool with Haystack

Goodlord hired a Senior PHP Engineer by building their Talent Pool with Haystack
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Location
London, UK
Company stage
Scaleup
Company size
101 - 200 Employees
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The Background

Goodlord is an award-winning property technology company, founded in 2014 and based in London, with a  mission to streamline the lettings process for letting agents, landlords, and tenants.

Goodlord has raised £30 million in its Series A and Series B funding rounds. When announcing their Series B funding of £10M, they stated that the additional capital would be used to invest in its engineering, product, and customer-facing teams. Hiring for engineers in a tech business is of particular importance and Goodlord has built a tech recruitment process that is fast, fair, and stress free.

“A good engineer for Goodlord might not be the right engineer for Goldman Sachs or for Google - there are other factors that are important to us as a company.” 


The Challenge

Goodlord’s challenge is to grow their engineering team in line with the rest of the business operations over the next 12 months as they continue to scale, hiring effectively and efficiently. Thirty-five percent of Goodlord's workforce, which has rapidly grown to 200 employees, is made up of their engineering team.

As a tech company, Goodlord is always ensuring they’re using the latest technology in everything they do. Whether it’s engineering practices, or trying out new processes and tools to make their worklife easier.

We spoke to Sam Mullaly, Talent Acquisition Manager at Goodlord about her experience with Haystack so far to help expand their talent reach.

“Everyone knows it’s very difficult to hire engineers, and as a business we are committed to creating a great place to work from a culture perspective, both in the projects that the team work on and using the latest and/or best technology to achieve our delivery and learning goals. We hold ourselves to a high bar and want to attract the best team members who will thrive in Goodlord’s environment.”

The Solution

Goodlord discovered Haystack through a Slack channel for those working in talent acquisition, where someone flagged Haystack as a new tool.

“When I saw Haystack I thought it was a bit different and that would appeal to engineers; it’s mobile based which is interesting; it wasn’t expensive and I thought it was worth taking a punt on it.
“We use Haystack in conjunction with other platforms, so as a company we are making sure we are attracting as much talent as possible.

After an initial onboarding call, Goodlord was live on the Haystack app for them to share information on the company, the culture, engineering practices and job adverts.

“I always feel the Haystack team are super responsive, genuine and honest whenever I speak to them. They’re very good at managing expectations of what is or isn’t possible within the platform.
“Since using Haystack we have hired 1 individual who was a Senior PHP Engineer and we have taken a further 5 or 6 individuals through to the interview stage. At the minute, Haystack is by far the most cost effective tool we’ve used and has given us a very healthy ROI so far.”
“I’m a big fan of Haystack. I like that engineers have the control on the platform and so they’re more likely to engage if they know they aren’t going to get bombarded by recruiters which I think is key.”
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