The process

Small Axe is a pretty unique place to work and learn. We appreciate that joining us could mean a big transition for you, whether that's geographically or career-wise. You'll be joining a team that works closely together. So our process is designed to help us and you make sure that we're the right fit for each other. 

We know interviews are imperfect, that’s why we give you every opportunity to show what you can do, not only how well you present yourself. 

That means we’re able to take a chance on a wider pool of candidates initially, narrowing down as we move through the stages. This an an important part of our approach to improving representation, and it gives you the chance to get a clear understanding of the role and team.

The process includes the following stages and can take up to 4 weeks.

If you have any questions about the process or available roles, email

A 15-20 minute video screening, where candidates are asked to record responses to pre-set interview questions.

2. In-person interview & task

A conversation with two members of the team which gives you the opportunity to share more about your experience, achievements and ambitions, and to learn more about Small Axe. This is paired with a practical task which lets us see you in action.

3. In-person paid trial

A half day collaborating with the team on current projects and real-life challenges. This is a chance for you to get a better sense of how we work and what would be expected of you in your role. 

You’ll have conversations with various team members during your time to learn more about Small Axe.

We usually invite 2-3 people to this stage.

Our tips

We are looking for an attention grabbing Cover Letter and a clear CV. There are also some questions to answer before you submit your application on Workable which we'd encourage you to take your time over. 

Here are some tips on writing a great cover letter: