Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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Senior Web Developer Interview
I applied through a staffing agency. The process took a day – interviewed at MRM (Causeway Bay (Hong Kong)) in February 2011.
Very typical interview session that the supervisory managers introduced their own business and structures.
Seeking a passionate, confident, technically sound, hands-on developer with a focus on implementing visually appealing web interfaces, on top, senior developer role is required to lead junior developer - distributing tasks rationally.
They stress on candidates must possess ability to work in very fast paced environment and those who love chasing technology development - latest cutting edge web, quality back-end, meanwhile agile to make code sustainable - a typical formal development environment that do QA/unit tests, issue management (Jira), source/release control (SVN), with technology focused around C#, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC, jQuery UI, ExtJS.
Also requiring candidates having exposure / strong concepts and hands-on relational database (SQL).
Often there's no strict right/wrong answers to questions but seeking candidates to explicate their reasoning, problem solving direction and communication skills. Making things sensible, reasonable is more important than returning a technically precise/correct answer. Fluent to native verbal English is definitely required - to work in an environment where colleagues are from all around the world.
A technical written test which lasts for slightly more than an hour time is required after interview, covering N-tier services architecture, ASP.NET, ASP.NET MVC (syntax!), SQL, C#, OOP - typical questions that you can find when you go apply to investment banks IT developers, with a single exception - no multithreading.
Called for a second interview a week later, with a development lead. Surprised the second interview was indeed yet another test session - practical technical test this time. Given an internet connected laptop with Visual Studio 2008 and IE installed but no additional debugging tools, candidate is required to build a simple ASP.NET MVC v2 based website with a textbox that provides autocomplete facility like Google search page does. Autocomplete data source is hardcoded on server side. Also required to implement a simple save button to save user selections on server side. The test was successfully completed within 50 minutes.
Nice people, working environment is acceptable but office located at a slightly inconvenient location.
- If you rate yourself from 0 to 10 for C# skills, how confident you are? Answer Question
Reasons for Declining
I believe if a firm tests candidate so comprehensively and assuring candidate got solid knowledge on technologies they adopt before on boarding, there really isn't much learning opportunities left - particularly technology side.
Although permanent position, given bonus is discretionary, compensation is still slightly below other offers.
Although managers spared no efforts to make things happen, still see MRM Worldwide is a cost conservative firm.