I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at JSI Telecom in July 2013.
Interview Details –
Was contacted via Recruiter, who pitched the job at JSI. Sounded too interesting to pass up.
First interview was short, mostly a chance to see the office, and meet the manager. Mostly questions about past employment. He explained that this was a sales pitch for both of us, this interview was mostly him selling me on JSI. He hit most of the initial questions I had. I was given one technical question.
Then there was a "Take home" exam, I was given 3 hours to complete, which covered a variety of technical aspects, algorithm, data modelling, technical writing, testing, etc. I handed this in, and the next day was contacted to schedule a 2nd interview.
The second interview was significantly more intense, which consisted mostly of going over my answers to the take home exam. While I didn't complete the exam, nor were all my answers correct. I was given the opportunity to explain what my thought process was, I was able to complete one of the questions I didn't get finished on a whiteboard.
I was contacted with an offer the next day.
The most unexpected thing about this interview was, while they did test similar to most interviews, they never assigned a grade to it. Seems like they were more interested in seeing how you work, how you tackle problems, and how you work with others to find better solutions. The fact that the testing they did was very close to actually working on a team rather than picking the few with this highest scores was the biggest factor that sold me on JSI.
Interview Question – You and your friends are starting an online casino. Your task is to generate completely random "decks" of cards. How would you implement this? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Negotiation was fair, letter of offer was better than what we agreed on in the verbal offer.
I applied through a recruiter and the process took 1 week - interviewed at JSI Telecom in May 2011.
Interview Details –
The interview process was long. JSI has only a 3% voluntary employee turnover ratio (not that there is a lot of involuntary turnover either), so they like to have multiple interviews with multiple people to make sure the fit is right (both ways). Most of the developers hired in the last couple of years had to write a take home exam, although I didn't.
The office was pretty nice. Some developers had single offices, but most were two developers to an office. There were no cubicles and most of the double offices had windows. Each developer had two, 24" monitors and I was told that JSI would give us whatever equipment we needed to be efficient at our job.
The developers are all smart, so the interview was challenging. Developers help with the interview process.
I was told that I needed to be able to be secret cleared (resident of Canada for the last 10 years, no criminal issues, no drug use) in order to keep the job.
Interview Question – The next stage in the interview involves a 12-hour take-home exam. But, we only give you three hours to write it. Are you still interested enough in working for JSI to give up three more hours of your time? Answer Question
Negotiation Details – Vacation is non-negotiable at JSI, but their time-in-lieu policy makes that a non-issue. Based on my interview and others I have talked to, the salary offer was fair and there is clearly little room for negotiation. JSI is one of those employers that likes to see what you can do and then give you more significant raises in the first couple of years once you have proven yourself.
Pros: The best reasons to work at JSI are an environment that is willing to change and listen to all the people in the organization. They are now an agile shop committed to making that happen. The work is technically challenging and the co-workers are… – Full Review
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