What is kaam.work?
  • kaam.work is a new-age, remote-first hiring platform where candidates (we call them KaamForce) validate their skills and have direct conversations with companies about full-time job opportunities. Once a decision to engage is made, we ensure seamless onboarding and steady-state engagement.
  • Currently, kaam.work is focused only Data Science and Software Engineering jobs.
How is kaam.work different from any other job portal?

Two fundamental differences:

  • Science to Validate Skills: All candidates in kaam.work go through a substantial multi-hour validation assessment designed by in-house experts and well respected industry professionals and academia to help objectify skills and relevance for job roles - this helps cut through the typical clutter of keywords on resumes
  • Seamless Remote Execution: You can hire candidates from any part of the world without the hassles associated with hiring someone not located in your city - our ability to seamlessly setup your remote office in whichever city or country the right talent for your role is located allows for the whole world to become your talent net
How Does it Work?
  • Candidates looking for a job and interested in our value proposition of (a) remote work from Grade A offices, (b) $-equivalent salaries (materially higher than domestic salaries in places like India), and (c) integration with global teams for cutting-edge work, spend minimum 3 hours validating their skills as well as mirroring themselves through videos and profile snippets.
  • Global companies browse through the profiles and initiate conversations with candidates matching their work needs - the validation assessment results and personal videos of candidates turbo-charge the hiring decision wherein 80%+ offers result from a 30-60 minute video chat through the platform
  • kaam.work facilitates the onboarding across: (1) data protection and privacy through employment agreements covering confidentiality and insurances, (2) complete office setup with Grade A infrastructure, (3) remote-first tools for efficient collaboration, (4) remote-readiness training for communication and soft-skills, (5) local mentorship for candidates hired through the platform (we call them KaamForce), and (6) full compliance setup including direct payroll and cross-border employment requirements.
Do I need to quit my current job to be listed on kaam.work?

No. You can actively meet with companies on the platform until you find a good match. You will need to resign from your current employment once you accept an offer through the kaam.work platform; we will be in touch with you through your onboarding process with your new employer.

How long does the onboarding process take?

The total time is ~3-4 hours, bulk of which is allocated to the technical skills assessment (Step 3).

Why can’t I simply upload my resume (like I do on other portals) and instead have to go through a 2-3 hour assessment process at kaam.work?

The idea behind our proprietary SkillMirror exercise is to create a true reflection of your skills and therefore the kind of roles you will most enjoy and thrive in - such a ground-up exercise, the results of which are available to companies, is designed to save you innumerable hours of interviewing individually with each company.

Why do I have to record videos in my profile?

While the skills validation exercise closely reflects your technical abilities, equally important for potential employers is to get to know you as a person. Videos are a great way for you to express yourself and give a window into your personality, communication style, and hunger for learning.

We also make the recording of your video interaction with us (the founder interview/meeting) to companies so they see how you interact and respond conversationally.

What is the founder interview or meeting?

The founder / industry expert interview, which is also recorded and posted on your profile, helps potential employers see how you interact in a live-interview setting and pre-answer a lot of the questions they might have. We've received great feedback on the interview videos as they are helping companies cut the amount of time they have to spend interviewing you individually. It's also good for you as you save time giving individual interviews to multiple companies.

I am done with the skills validation assessment through HackerRank but cannot see a link to move to the next step in the onboarding process.

The validation assessment takes upto 15 minutes to process and we also send you an email notifying when you can proceed to the final step of softskills video assessment. You can either click on the link in the email or simply logon our site and refresh the detailed skills assessment page (step 3) to see an option to move on to the Videos step.

How can companies setup video meetings with me?

We use a combination of two popular third-party applications to facilitate video meetings directly through your profile page: Calendly and Zoom.

Calendly is a third-party web-based calendar interface to facilitate setting up meetings. We will email you a Calendly link after your profile is published - the link has instructions on how to setup your account including linking your calendar (google, outlook, or whichever calendar you use) Companies can setup meetings with you directly only after you have set up the Calendly link.

Zoom is a popular web-based video meeting app and can be seamlessly integrated with Calendly to facilitate a one-click video meeting setup for employers from your profile page.

Why do I have to approve my salary before activating my profile?

Companies hiring on the kaam.work platform cannot make job offers unless they see your listed salary. We therefore ensure we list your profile on the platform only after you approve a salary figure to be listed.

Are salaries negotiable after I receive an offer from a company on the platform?

No. Salaries are pre-approved by you before your listing goes live and companies will make an offer taking the listed salary figure into account.

Where will my office be located?

You will be based out of a Grade A co-working space in the city of your residence. In most such locations, you will also have other members of the KaamForce working with other global companies as colleagues.

Why do I need to come to an office if the jobs are remote?

Two primary reasons: (1) Grade A infrastructure such as uninterrupted high-speed internet, quiet meeting rooms for video calls, and a generally professional environment is most conducive to effective and efficient remote work, and (2) coming to an office also allows you to build relationships and feel connected with other members of the KaamForce community, all like-minded individuals working remotely for global companies - we believe that the community bond is a potent mitigant for otherwise typical feelings of isolation associated with remote jobs

What if I have questions about the company and the offer made to me?

You can ask your questions directly to the Company and/or the person interacting with you on the Company’s behalf if you have an active message channel open or even reach out to kaam.work directly through the My Kaam chat window

Is kaam.work only for remote jobs?

Currently, yes.

However, we don't like the word 'remote' to describe jobs on the platform, all of which entail meaningful and core work through direct connection and integration with global teams.

When is my profile visible to companies for hiring?

Your profile is visible only after you have approved a salary figure to be listed on your profile. This typically is the last step after you have completed the onboarding process and also completed all key elements of your profile. You get an email notification when your profile is visible to companies on the platform.

What is the public version of my profile?

By default, all profiles created on kaam.work are public, meaning they will be crawlable by search engines to maximize visibility and searchability. We do ensure that all sensitive elements such as your current availability, listed salary, assessment results, and interview videos are locked and accessible only to companies registered to hire on the platform.

You can choose to disable the listing of your public profile in the Account section on your dashboard.

Do I need to setup a meeting before getting access to candidates on the platform?

Short answer: No. Simply register for access.

However, we'd be happy to chat to (1) share best practices for engaging candidates who have gone through hours of skill validation and (2) address any of your questions about the platform. You can block time here.

How does pricing work?
  • kaam.work does not have any upfront charges or recruiting fees. The total cost you see for candidates on the site includes two components: (1) salary and benefits of your hire which comprise 65-75% of the total cost; and (2) services including sourcing, skills validation, onboarding, office infrastructure, salary processing, compliance, and the kaam.work platform maintenance fee.
  • So to take a specific example, an annual list cost of $60,000 consists of $45,000 actual salary and benefits (paid directly by the company account to the candidate through kaam.work banking setup) and $15,000 for all services mentioned above.
  • You pay monthly; so in the above example, you pay the total cost of $60,000 in $5,000 monthly payments.
  • We do collect one month equivalent amount as a retainer cum security deposit with the first month’s invoice - this amount is adjustable against the last month (notice period) once you decide to disengage
How does billing work?
  • You will receive a monthly invoice on the 1st of each month payable by the 15th of the same month - this allows us a few days to process payroll in the last week of the month
  • Our payments are powered by Stripe; you can pay via credit card or wire transfer
  • We can also work with you to setup other payment processing mechanisms as preferred by your internal payment teams
You use HackerRank for validation? We have used HackerRank in the past and its only good for initial screening plus their questions are leaked on the web - how do we trust this process?
  • HackerRank has two components:
    1. Coding Question Bank
    2. Testing Infrastructure for setting timers, proctoring, and reporting
  • We recognize all the comments you made in your question vis-a-vis HackerRank’s question bank and have therefore created our own validation questionnaires to meet global blue-chip talent bars working with well-respected professionals and academia but do utilize HackerRank’s testing infrastructure to process the assessments themselves.
My company requires me to enter into Master Service Agreements (MSAs) before using any service or job portal like kaam.work - how does that process work?
  • kaam.work has signed MSAs with several companies where internal protocols require specific agreements and processes to be completed before hiring can begin through the platform
  • Please contact us at info@kaam.work and we shall be glad to comply with any and all of your internal processes before you start engaging and hiring on the platform
Do you also provide in-person interview services?

Not explicitly. However, every candidate you see on our platform has gone through an interview round typically with one of the founders, the video recording of which is available in the Videos section for each profile.

Can I have candidates on your platform go through our Company’s own interview process?

Yes. You can schedule interviews directly with candidates and make an offer through the Hiring channel on your dashboard in case of a hiring decision

Can I only hire data scientists and software engineers through kaam.work?

The online web platform is focused on the Data Science including data analysts, data scientists, data engineers, and machine learning engineers and software engineering including frontend and backend engineers.

However, you can email us at info@kaam.work and we can work with you offline to fill requisitions across a variety of roles including (but not limited to) all technology, marketing analytics, graphics, and finance.

Why are most of your candidates based in India?

India and particularly Bangalore, has a rich talent pool for whom the kaam.work value proposition of global salaries, direct integration into global teams, and remote setup including access to the KaamForce community is a significant pull factor towards the platform. Most importantly, the accumulation of talent meeting global vetting bars is probably the highest in Bangalore after the Bay Area.

As such, you can access a wide pool of qualified candidates eager for your job offers and onboard them in days.

I have worked with remote teams in the past; not easy to make it work - why will be hires through your platform be different?

Some of the key problem areas holding remote or distributed work back from becoming mainstream:

  • Communication: typically, building trust when not co-located requires a fundamentally different flavor of communication - general proactiveness, ability to deliver bad news timely, ask questions, engage in a core and not transactional format
    • Our sustained remote-readiness training conducted by global experts with significant experience with distributed teams address these communication topics in a remote-first approach
  • Sense of Belonging: if you have a small remote team sitting in another city or part of the world even, how can they feel connected, or part of something larger? Who do they go to when stuck in the middle of the night your time?
    • The KaamForce community and in-locale mentorship panels help engagement and motivation to mitigate feelings of isolation
  • Face-to-face connect: we encourage and facilitate travel both ways to spend time together, not just on work topics but also to build personal trust and rapport - in all cases where travel occurred within the first quarter of engagement, the transition to making remote feel almost like in-locale was significantly faster than otherwise.
Can I negotiate salaries with candidates directly?

No. Candidates have accepted a salary level before listing their profile on the platform. Our platform is completely transparent at both ends.

The perception of remote jobs is typically tied to freelancing type work - how do I know this is not transactional work?

We believe ‘distributed’ or 'globally integrated teams' is a better way to describe jobs on our platform - locationally you are remote since you are not in the same location as your colleagues but the work itself you do is not detached or transactional and very much core to the team or company’s objectives. Companies have chosen to fill their full-time requisition through kaam.work because they get seamless access to you - so their starting point itself is ‘our team members’ as opposed to ‘let’s get a remote worker to do this piece of work’.

General

What is kaam.work?
  • kaam.work is a new-age, remote-first hiring platform where candidates (we call them KaamForce) validate their skills and have direct conversations with companies about full-time job opportunities. Once a decision to engage is made, we ensure seamless onboarding and steady-state engagement.
  • Currently, kaam.work is focused only Data Science and Software Engineering jobs.
How is kaam.work different from any other job portal?

Two fundamental differences:

  • Science to Validate Skills: All candidates in kaam.work go through a substantial multi-hour validation assessment designed by in-house experts and well respected industry professionals and academia to help objectify skills and relevance for job roles - this helps cut through the typical clutter of keywords on resumes
  • Seamless Remote Execution: You can hire candidates from any part of the world without the hassles associated with hiring someone not located in your city - our ability to seamlessly setup your remote office in whichever city or country the right talent for your role is located allows for the whole world to become your talent net
How Does it Work?
  • Candidates looking for a job and interested in our value proposition of (a) remote work from Grade A offices, (b) $-equivalent salaries (materially higher than domestic salaries in places like India), and (c) integration with global teams for cutting-edge work, spend minimum 3 hours validating their skills as well as mirroring themselves through videos and profile snippets.
  • Global companies browse through the profiles and initiate conversations with candidates matching their work needs - the validation assessment results and personal videos of candidates turbo-charge the hiring decision wherein 80%+ offers result from a 30-60 minute video chat through the platform
  • kaam.work facilitates the onboarding across: (1) data protection and privacy through employment agreements covering confidentiality and insurances, (2) complete office setup with Grade A infrastructure, (3) remote-first tools for efficient collaboration, (4) remote-readiness training for communication and soft-skills, (5) local mentorship for candidates hired through the platform (we call them KaamForce), and (6) full compliance setup including direct payroll and cross-border employment requirements.

Candidate Specific

Do I need to quit my current job to be listed on kaam.work?

No. You can actively meet with companies on the platform until you find a good match. You will need to resign from your current employment once you accept an offer through the kaam.work platform; we will be in touch with you through your onboarding process with your new employer.

How long does the onboarding process take?

The total time is ~3-4 hours, bulk of which is allocated to the technical skills assessment (Step 3).

Why can’t I simply upload my resume (like I do on other portals) and instead have to go through a 2-3 hour assessment process at kaam.work?

The idea behind our proprietary SkillMirror exercise is to create a true reflection of your skills and therefore the kind of roles you will most enjoy and thrive in - such a ground-up exercise, the results of which are available to companies, is designed to save you innumerable hours of interviewing individually with each company.

Why do I have to record videos in my profile?

While the skills validation exercise closely reflects your technical abilities, equally important for potential employers is to get to know you as a person. Videos are a great way for you to express yourself and give a window into your personality, communication style, and hunger for learning.

We also make the recording of your video interaction with us (the founder interview/meeting) to companies so they see how you interact and respond conversationally.

What is the founder interview or meeting?

The founder / industry expert interview, which is also recorded and posted on your profile, helps potential employers see how you interact in a live-interview setting and pre-answer a lot of the questions they might have. We've received great feedback on the interview videos as they are helping companies cut the amount of time they have to spend interviewing you individually. It's also good for you as you save time giving individual interviews to multiple companies.

I am done with the skills validation assessment through HackerRank but cannot see a link to move to the next step in the onboarding process.

The validation assessment takes upto 15 minutes to process and we also send you an email notifying when you can proceed to the final step of softskills video assessment. You can either click on the link in the email or simply logon our site and refresh the detailed skills assessment page (step 3) to see an option to move on to the Videos step.

How can companies setup video meetings with me?

We use a combination of two popular third-party applications to facilitate video meetings directly through your profile page: Calendly and Zoom.

Calendly is a third-party web-based calendar interface to facilitate setting up meetings. We will email you a Calendly link after your profile is published - the link has instructions on how to setup your account including linking your calendar (google, outlook, or whichever calendar you use) Companies can setup meetings with you directly only after you have set up the Calendly link.

Zoom is a popular web-based video meeting app and can be seamlessly integrated with Calendly to facilitate a one-click video meeting setup for employers from your profile page.

Why do I have to approve my salary before activating my profile?

Companies hiring on the kaam.work platform cannot make job offers unless they see your listed salary. We therefore ensure we list your profile on the platform only after you approve a salary figure to be listed.

Are salaries negotiable after I receive an offer from a company on the platform?

No. Salaries are pre-approved by you before your listing goes live and companies will make an offer taking the listed salary figure into account.

Where will my office be located?

You will be based out of a Grade A co-working space in the city of your residence. In most such locations, you will also have other members of the KaamForce working with other global companies as colleagues.

Why do I need to come to an office if the jobs are remote?

Two primary reasons: (1) Grade A infrastructure such as uninterrupted high-speed internet, quiet meeting rooms for video calls, and a generally professional environment is most conducive to effective and efficient remote work, and (2) coming to an office also allows you to build relationships and feel connected with other members of the KaamForce community, all like-minded individuals working remotely for global companies - we believe that the community bond is a potent mitigant for otherwise typical feelings of isolation associated with remote jobs

What if I have questions about the company and the offer made to me?

You can ask your questions directly to the Company and/or the person interacting with you on the Company’s behalf if you have an active message channel open or even reach out to kaam.work directly through the My Kaam chat window

Is kaam.work only for remote jobs?

Currently, yes.

However, we don't like the word 'remote' to describe jobs on the platform, all of which entail meaningful and core work through direct connection and integration with global teams.

When is my profile visible to companies for hiring?

Your profile is visible only after you have approved a salary figure to be listed on your profile. This typically is the last step after you have completed the onboarding process and also completed all key elements of your profile. You get an email notification when your profile is visible to companies on the platform.

What is the public version of my profile?

By default, all profiles created on kaam.work are public, meaning they will be crawlable by search engines to maximize visibility and searchability. We do ensure that all sensitive elements such as your current availability, listed salary, assessment results, and interview videos are locked and accessible only to companies registered to hire on the platform.

You can choose to disable the listing of your public profile in the Account section on your dashboard.

Company Specific

Do I need to setup a meeting before getting access to candidates on the platform?

Short answer: No. Simply register for access.

However, we'd be happy to chat to (1) share best practices for engaging candidates who have gone through hours of skill validation and (2) address any of your questions about the platform. You can block time here.

How does pricing work?
  • kaam.work does not have any upfront charges or recruiting fees. The total cost you see for candidates on the site includes two components: (1) salary and benefits of your hire which comprise 65-75% of the total cost; and (2) services including sourcing, skills validation, onboarding, office infrastructure, salary processing, compliance, and the kaam.work platform maintenance fee.
  • So to take a specific example, an annual list cost of $60,000 consists of $45,000 actual salary and benefits (paid directly by the company account to the candidate through kaam.work banking setup) and $15,000 for all services mentioned above.
  • You pay monthly; so in the above example, you pay the total cost of $60,000 in $5,000 monthly payments.
  • We do collect one month equivalent amount as a retainer cum security deposit with the first month’s invoice - this amount is adjustable against the last month (notice period) once you decide to disengage
How does billing work?
  • You will receive a monthly invoice on the 1st of each month payable by the 15th of the same month - this allows us a few days to process payroll in the last week of the month
  • Our payments are powered by Stripe; you can pay via credit card or wire transfer
  • We can also work with you to setup other payment processing mechanisms as preferred by your internal payment teams
You use HackerRank for validation? We have used HackerRank in the past and its only good for initial screening plus their questions are leaked on the web - how do we trust this process?
  • HackerRank has two components:
    1. Coding Question Bank
    2. Testing Infrastructure for setting timers, proctoring, and reporting
  • We recognize all the comments you made in your question vis-a-vis HackerRank’s question bank and have therefore created our own validation questionnaires to meet global blue-chip talent bars working with well-respected professionals and academia but do utilize HackerRank’s testing infrastructure to process the assessments themselves.
My company requires me to enter into Master Service Agreements (MSAs) before using any service or job portal like kaam.work - how does that process work?
  • kaam.work has signed MSAs with several companies where internal protocols require specific agreements and processes to be completed before hiring can begin through the platform
  • Please contact us at info@kaam.work and we shall be glad to comply with any and all of your internal processes before you start engaging and hiring on the platform
Do you also provide in-person interview services?

Not explicitly. However, every candidate you see on our platform has gone through an interview round typically with one of the founders, the video recording of which is available in the Videos section for each profile.

Can I have candidates on your platform go through our Company’s own interview process?

Yes. You can schedule interviews directly with candidates and make an offer through the Hiring channel on your dashboard in case of a hiring decision

Can I only hire data scientists and software engineers through kaam.work?

The online web platform is focused on the Data Science including data analysts, data scientists, data engineers, and machine learning engineers and software engineering including frontend and backend engineers.

However, you can email us at info@kaam.work and we can work with you offline to fill requisitions across a variety of roles including (but not limited to) all technology, marketing analytics, graphics, and finance.

Why are most of your candidates based in India?

India and particularly Bangalore, has a rich talent pool for whom the kaam.work value proposition of global salaries, direct integration into global teams, and remote setup including access to the KaamForce community is a significant pull factor towards the platform. Most importantly, the accumulation of talent meeting global vetting bars is probably the highest in Bangalore after the Bay Area.

As such, you can access a wide pool of qualified candidates eager for your job offers and onboard them in days.

I have worked with remote teams in the past; not easy to make it work - why will be hires through your platform be different?

Some of the key problem areas holding remote or distributed work back from becoming mainstream:

  • Communication: typically, building trust when not co-located requires a fundamentally different flavor of communication - general proactiveness, ability to deliver bad news timely, ask questions, engage in a core and not transactional format
    • Our sustained remote-readiness training conducted by global experts with significant experience with distributed teams address these communication topics in a remote-first approach
  • Sense of Belonging: if you have a small remote team sitting in another city or part of the world even, how can they feel connected, or part of something larger? Who do they go to when stuck in the middle of the night your time?
    • The KaamForce community and in-locale mentorship panels help engagement and motivation to mitigate feelings of isolation
  • Face-to-face connect: we encourage and facilitate travel both ways to spend time together, not just on work topics but also to build personal trust and rapport - in all cases where travel occurred within the first quarter of engagement, the transition to making remote feel almost like in-locale was significantly faster than otherwise.
Can I negotiate salaries with candidates directly?

No. Candidates have accepted a salary level before listing their profile on the platform. Our platform is completely transparent at both ends.

The perception of remote jobs is typically tied to freelancing type work - how do I know this is not transactional work?

We believe ‘distributed’ or 'globally integrated teams' is a better way to describe jobs on our platform - locationally you are remote since you are not in the same location as your colleagues but the work itself you do is not detached or transactional and very much core to the team or company’s objectives. Companies have chosen to fill their full-time requisition through kaam.work because they get seamless access to you - so their starting point itself is ‘our team members’ as opposed to ‘let’s get a remote worker to do this piece of work’.