The RippleMatch sign-up flow is intended to capture the holistic profiles of candidates on our platform. The information we collect not only reflects their resume, it also reflects career preferences and workplace values. This data allows us to pair candidates with opportunities that match their preferences and qualifications, providing our company partners with interested and relevant candidates. To collect all of the information we need to match candidates with their ideal opportunities, our sign-up flow looks a bit different than other job platforms. Here’s how it works from the candidate’s point of view. 

Basic Information

To get started with RippleMatch, students sign up through our homepage. Upon signing up, users receive a confirmation email which prompts them to complete their profile. Once their profile is complete, candidates will be matched with opportunities. 

Students start by providing basic information such as university, graduation year, major, GPA, and work authorization status.

Supplemental Information and Past Experiences

To create a holistic reflection of our student users, students provide their status as a varsity athlete, SAT and ACT scores, involvement in campus clubs, and previous internship experience. 

Students can select the kind of club (Academic, Cultural, etc.) they participated in as well as the leadership level they achieved in the organization.

Students can also provide three of their most important work experiences. This includes their employer name as well as the type of experience, such as research, data analysis or software development.

Career Preferences

Students provide information on their career preferences. Students can select up to five industries of interest and weigh their interest in each selected industry. 

Students also select their location preferences.

Next, we ask students to gauge their interest level in working at a startup, as well as their expected first-year compensation range.

Students can also upload a resume, a profile picture, and provide further demographic information to help companies comply with Equal Employment Opportunity. 

Candidate Values and Personality

Matching candidates to their ideal opportunities doesn’t come solely from their past experiences and skill set – it also comes from workplace preferences and personality traits.

Here, students weigh the importance of compensation, company prestige, social impact, professional development, community, work-life balance, upward mobility, and job security when evaluating the quality of a job. 

Candidates also describe their personality along 6 character traits: introversion vs. extroversion; desire to work in a client-facing role; team-orientation vs individual-orientation; competitiveness; creative vs analytical mindset; and tendency to challenge the status quo.

Closing information

Students can provide links to their personal site, LinkedIn, and GitHub profile. Finally, candidates write the headlines that recruiters will see when they review candidate matches.

After the Sign-Up Flow

Once a student’s profile is complete, our matching process begins and typically matches a candidate to an opportunity within 48 hours. Students receive an email notifying them when they have been matched with a potential opportunity. If they confirm their interest, their profile is pushed to recruiters for review. If a candidate is approved by a recruiter, our team sends an email introducing the candidate to the recruiter and the candidate can now be brought into a company’s interview process.

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