Hiring Full Stack Engineers for Katana MRP


Domain: manufacturing ERP

Founded: 2017

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The company

Katana is a cloud manufacturing software that streamlines accounting, inventory, and production workflows. Katana provides an end to end solution with open API functionality: they map out the areas that customers use and tie them all together.

Katana team

Tech stack

Katana tech stack

The project

This was a long-term project to help Katana scale their engineering team by hiring top Full Stack Engineers in Estonia or helping them relocate there. We worked together through the time Katana transitioned between Series A and Series B rounds, following the company's high-paced growth.

Read our interview with Kadri Alekõrs, a Talent Acquisition Partner at Katana.

Hiring process

This project was a “marathon”: we learned how to work long-time on the same role in the same geography. One of the main takeaways for us was establishing a long-term relationship with the candidates in the pipeline. Read about our thoughts on recruitment marathons in this article.

This is how the interview process looked like:

🐝 A 30 mins screening call with Bee’s Knees:

  • Pitching Katana to the candidate

  • Questions to the candidate about their experience

  • Questions to the candidate related to their motivation and cultural fit

  • Questions to the candidate related to salary, availability, notice period, relocation if applicable

1️⃣ A 30 mins call with Katana’s HR representative

2️⃣ A homework: preferably to be done in Typescript, backend heavy. The candidate has 1 week to complete, but can be given more time. A review takes a couple of days.

3️⃣ Tech interview with the engineering lead

4️⃣ A casual team chat to get to know each other.


🎯 Hires: 8

🧑‍💻 Roles filled: Full Stack JavaScript Engineers

📍Location: Estonia

Client’s feedback

“All the candidates Bee’s Knees have sent through until now and whom I've met are such a great fit to Katana! I'm so happy about our collaboration and deeply appreciate everything that they are doing!”

Kristi Schumann

Head of People & Culture, Katana Smart Manufacturing Software

Also see their review on Clutch

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