I didn't have a good experience with these people. I didn't feel that their testing process reflected my skills well at all, and they completely ignored my other work experience. We look for people that are good problem solvers, have well rounded backgrounds and those that are eager to learn.
So, yes. Expect tests.
Interesting, as what kind of designer did you apply and what test did you feel did not reflect the skills needed to do a good job? I had a great experience, was very nervous about the tests at first but as long as you have enough expertise its definitely worth it as it makes getting new clients a lot easier.
So did you get through Christoph? Curious to know how good it's been as a way to get in freelance project
Yep I got trough. and since then it has been nothing but a blast. Sure it takes some time to get trough the application process, but its worth it with the time you save getting new clients. I have had short term and long term projects since then and as the clients are also selected and briefed on what to expect you rarely have a bad experience ( I never had one)
To be completely transparent, its more like the top 3% of designers who apply... I think the value prop is a bit misleading.
Not sure if it's changed since your comment - but their tagline is now "Hire the top 3% of freelance designers"
My point is that the communication implies that ALL the best freelancers are available on this site. This is however, not the case because the top 3% of the best freelancers in the world don't need this service and are not represented in their portfolio of designers. So already you are starting with a group of people who are not in the top 3% (what does that mean anyways?). They can only vet the designers who go through the application process. Who knows how that group stacks against the rest of the world! IMHO its probably not the top 3%.