Product Design at Harver

When You Have too Many Applicants

UX challenge: Design a scalable back-end UX for the hiring app in order to prepare it for the next investment series.

Team: Product Owner, SCRUM Master, Business Analyst, IT Architect, Off shore development team Israel

The Harver adventure started when an old friend, who just started as the CTO, brought me in to have a look at the SaaS (Software as a Solution) that needed to be build within 6 months to scale up the already successful Harver formula to make it to the new investment series.

By going through a series of online tests and games candidates are pre-selected in order to get to an ideal fit and not waste precious time on interviewing non-suitable candidates. The existing technology had proven itself but wasn’t scalable now that the company was upscaling. Adding a new account or new vacancies was time consuming and error prone. Hence the choice to replace the existing system with an easy to scale SaaS system in the Amazon Cloud. 

Candidate info module – Personal info

UX Challenges

As the UX lead of this project, I wanted to create a visually attractive user interface different from the usual IT-ish techy dashboard designs you see in most backend CRMs and other IT driven projects. The target back-end audience is HR people who are in the people business, hire human beings and aren’t programmers or another kind of tech lovers.

As an extra challenge there wasn’t time to start with proper wireframes. Within 6 months the MVP must be online for a next investment round.  

Design Solutions

The first wish that came from the client was a powerpoint alike interface that would allow the vacancy creator to build up a vacancy like you add slides to a presentation. To make the order of the vacancy content even more clear I chose to use a timeline like left index. This made the screens instantly more attractive looking and very easy to understand. 

When time is pressing

By making effective use of Sketch's Symbols, I instantly wire framed all the screens in a design ready for development status.

To speed up collaboration I was constantly printing updates to the wireframes and taped them on the glass walls of the office in order for people to discuss, understand the flow and write on them. Finished parts were documented and went instantly into Confluence and Jira to enable the developers to build the screens with the javascript framework Angular.

Specific tools and experience

Sketch, Invision, Atlassian(Jira, Confluence)


  • Design system creation based on in house designed MVP.
  • Scale up situation where we rebuild the existing system within 6 months (developing while designing)
  • Creating a very detailed functional description in Confluence to collaborate as quick as possible with the developers. 
  • Working with developers in Israel.
  • Gained in-dept knowledge of hiring process of bigger corporations like Zappos, Netflix. 
  • Worked closely with the CEO, CTO and Product Owner.  

Koen van der Veldt
is a product & information designer