Your trial

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already chatted with a human and are gearing up for your trial. This page will provide you with some general information about your trial and what you can expect along the way.

The Basics

Most Human Made employees came on board via a trial project. Engineering trials usually last 40-60 hours, while other roles are occasionally longer. The usually last for 1-6 weeks and we pay a flat rate of $25 per hour (USD) throughout the trial.

You’ll join one of Human Made’s pre-existing teams. We’re very flexible on how you do the work and it’s normal for trials to fit around other jobs or commitments. Or you can approach it full-time. It’s up to you.

Once we’ve decided to go ahead with a trial, we need to get a project lined up that suits your skills. If no projects are suitable, we may have to postpone until one comes up.

When we decide on a trial project, we’ll send you over details of the project along with a contract. When it’s all signed we’re ready to get started!

Getting started

When you start your trial, we’ll set you up with everything you need to work on your project:

  • you’ll be introduced to your trial buddy, someone on the company who isn’t on the project, but who’ll be available to you for support and help throughout your trial. They will be responsible for onboarding you and giving you access to all of the tools you need.
  • you’ll be added to our Slack team. Feel free to jump into different rooms to get a sense of how the company works. Update your Slack bio so people across the company know who you are and what position you are on trial for.


Every week we report back on what’s happened over the week, and what we’ll be doing next week. A reminder is posted to 🔒 updates every Friday and you should post your report by Wednesday of the following week at the latest. This is a good opportunity to share any successes or problems you’ve been having, and also for you to stay up-to-date with what other humans are doing.

Weekly updates are usually written in a narrative format, which tends to make for a more interesting read than just providing a list. Feel free to include as many details as you want. You’re also welcome to provide updates on anything going on in your life that you’d like to share with the rest on the company. Photos are always welcome!

Here are some great examples of weekly updates;

We ask that everyone who is on trial post a weekly update.


You should keep track of your working hours while on your trial. You don’t have to track your time to the minute or provide details of what you did during those hours on the invoice. Invoicing can be done on a weekly or monthly basis. Simply send an invoice to at your desired frequency.


Half way through your trial:

  • Siobhan will gather feedback informally from your buddy and anyone who you are working with.
  • Siobhan will check in with you to see how the trial is progressing from your perspective. There’ll be no structured feedback at this point, unless there is something specific.

As the end of the trial approaches:

    • Siobhan will ask everyone for feedback again, including as many people as possible (your project team, Joe & Noel, your buddy).
    • Siobhan will schedule a call with you to wrap up the trial. You’ll get open and honest feedback, both about what went well and what didn’t.
    • Tom will discuss potential salary.

After the trial

If we decide not to go ahead:

  • we’ll be up front about the reasons why we’ve decided not to offer you a job. It may simply be that we just don’t have a position that’s a good fit at this time

If we decide to move forward:

  • you’ll receive a job offer (yay!)
  • Siobhan will arrange your contract
  • you’ll be starting soon, so time to move on to your first day 🙂