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"cultural fit" has become a dirty phrase because in Silicon Valley that tends to mean "someone just like us" (and "us" is mostly young, white, single, male brogrammer), but I think cultural fit -- in the proper sense -- is very important.
For us, it means being sensitive to the cultures of our very diverse members -- and our staff reflect that: about 50% women and folks from all over the globe. Right now, our IT team is a bit "white male" which frustrates me but we were more diverse for a while (we're a small company: folks sometimes leave for more upward career options at bigger companies).
The way resumes are handled here is: very basic screening by HR then into JIRA for tracking, resume review by one or more members of the team, promising candidates get an HR phone interview (covering cultural fit, work habits, why they want to work here, what they look for in a job, etc), based on notes from HR, we either move to a first one-on-one IT interview (the mind map) or reject -- and HR follow-up with all candidates and explain why we rejected them (and sometimes we recommend a candidate re-applies in a year or two). Based on the IT interview, we may reject (again with HR follow-up) or move to a team interview, and on to an executive level interview (for most positions), and then discussion of offer and, hopefully, onboarding.
We have a JIRA workflow for this whole process to ensure that at any stage where a candidate is rejected, HR will reach out to them, and also so we can make sure we move forward in a timely manner on all candidates.
Actual 'culture' tends to hings more on the values and philosophies you hold as a team.
A tourist (B1 I guess) can open a company, using that I would be able to work, remotely?
Depends on the specific visa. When you said "tourist", I assumed visa waiver or whatever it's called these days.
ive done it but i also have an SSN assigned from a visa I was on. I guess you could use an ITIN in place of SSN.
hardest part is getting a bank account because it seems like banks want you there in person to open it
I came over on an E-2 (Executive Transfer) but prior to that I was employed by the UK office and was visiting the US office for short stints (up to three months).
you dont even need a visa to open a C corp in the USA, but you may need to get what’s called an ITIN which is a tax identification number from the IRS.
@jgh No, I was just on regular business trips from the UK, working remotely in our US office. Paid in sterling into my British account and paying British taxes.
@rcustodio tbh the visa situation in the US is pretty messy right now. They could do with cleaning it up.
The funny thing was when I transferred on the E-2 and switched to US payroll, I called up the UK Inland Revenue one morning and just told them I was now being paid and taxed in the US and asked what would happen to my UK taxes -- they just took me at my word and and said "Oh, no problem sir! We'll just make a note on your file and you won't be taxed in the UK any more"... and that was what happened!
I see, I will go there and see what happens… But with ITIN I will be able to make some money
@rcustodio no itin is literally just an identification number for filing taxes. You need an SSN for employment. And if you’re on a visa your SSN card says “not valid without DHS authorization” so you need a valid work visa.
A friend said that I can change my visa to student, and ask in the school to work, if they allow it (normally they do), then I get permission to work
@rcustodio You'll definitely want to keep a close eye on legal issues around visas and work permits and so on -- the current administration is very happy to deport people and if you got deported, getting back in would be next to impossible 😐
starting companies is the way a lot of illegal immigrants get by, so if you’re planning on doing that it’s a tried and true method of staying mostly above-board. But you’re still in the country illegally
ROW is rest of world…they have weird quotas on green cards. So like India has its own line, China has its own line, Mexico has its own line..there are a couple more and then there’s “rest of world” which is everybody else
So they give free green card… and those who wants to go there really work.. its a hard chance
well.. i can try that in 6 months… make some company fall in love with me… and maybe they do that
you’ll want to do more reading on the american visa system, it’s not like a lot of countries where you can kinda just show up and ask for a visa at a police department
Yeah.. I’m doing a lot of studies about that, maybe I will go after an immigrant lawyer
im trying to get one of those new french entrepreneur visas now…been waiting 2 months so far for the visa processing, my lawyer thinks itll be another 1-2 months 😛
the rhetoric about it is a complete lie too because people who are picked for the lottery have to do an interview 😛