Recruiting 21 top level employees
in 8 months seemed like a challenge?

So we did it in 6 months!

The customer

Chicago, Illinois
Founded in 2013

Raise is the leading digital prepaid and retail payments platform founded in 2013 and based in Chicago, Illinois.
It helps shoppers save money and earn rewards while making online purchases. The innovative solutions offered by Raise increase customer loyalty, engagement, and retention.

Their customers


Quicker than estimated

Developers at a senior level with at least
5 years of work experience

Lower incurred costs

Appropriate level
of security

What is Raise, in a nutshell? The Most Rewarding Way to Pay.

The Challenge

A lack of candidates
on the local market.

8-month deadline to recruit all the employees.

Our task consisted of building the whole tailor-made team of over 20 people from scratch. We had to cherry-pick the best specialists that would meet the customer’s expectations in terms of software development skills in the field of microservices, web, mobile app development, and testing.

Other Challenges:

Team members working at different levels and positions.

Team members using various types of technology.

Adapting the customer to the new recruitment market in terms of legal and tax-related issues.

Making sure that we and the client are on the same page when it comes to the technical experience.

Working with a team based in a different time zone.

Developing a recruitment process, including the tech screening procedure.

The team to recruit

As we have already mentioned, the customer entrusted us with the task of recruiting a team of 21 members consisting of:



Golang, Postgres, MySQL, GRPC and Kafka, REST, GRPC and HTTP, Grafana, ELK stack, datadog, TDD with at least 5 years of work experience.



Golang, Postgres, MySQL, GRPC and Kafka, REST, GRPC and HTTP, Grafana, ELK stack, datadog with at least 4 years of work experience.



AWS, Kubernetes, Chef, Ansible, SaltStack, Puppet, or Terraform, Docker, Jenkins, Gitlab, infrastructure as code with at least 5 years of work experience.



React, TypeScript, Cypress/Selenium with 3-4 years of work experience.



With an excellent grasp of Flutter and Realm database with 3-5 years of work experience.

The solution

If you are reading this case study, it means that we have successfully managed to meet the customer’s expectations and, as a result of a thorough recruitment process, formed a tailor-made team of 21 experts in the area of software development – all of them with the required skills and the ability to work according to a specific methodology. The important question that needs to be answered is:

How did we manage to do it?

Firstly, we have carefully developed and designed the whole path of the recruitment process: starting from creating a profile of the perfect candidate, then headhunting potential employees matching the profile, and, finally, conducting an introductory interview.

It consists of several stages:

Pre interview

The interview based on questions prepared by a developer.

Technical interview

Where a candidate’s knowledge is evaluated by one of the Hireone experts accompanied by a homework test that is a jumping-off point for the interview with our expert.

As a result,

the customer received a set of carefully selected potential team members whose technical and linguistic abilities had been verified thoroughly.

If we were to create a Road Map of the whole process, it would be split into 7 stages:


Agreeing on terms and conditions and signing the contract


Project onboarding (collecting detailed information about different jobs)


Project implementation – the customer received the first candidates


The most important positions were filled


Checking with the customer whether we were moving in the right direction


The remaining positions were filled


Project completion

The conclusion

We managed to get ahead
of schedule – the project was
completed in 6 months!

We did our best to simplify
the process for our customers-
- all they need to do is to conduct the
final interview with the candidates.

We recruited the whole team
of 21 developers at a senior level, with
at least 5 years of work experience, which are tough positions to fill.

We provided the customer with
an appropriate level of security
by adapting Raise to the Central European market when it comes to
legal and tax-related issues and the fact that the team works in a different time zone.

Raise has still, until this day, remained the customer of Hireone!

Customer’s opininion

The implementation time was quicker by 25%

“With HireOne we managed to quickly, smoothly and safely enter the Central European market. The implementation time was quicker by 25% compared to our local market. HireOne is definitely worthy of recommendation. We keep moving forward together ????”.


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