ThoughtWorks Interview Questions in Sydney, Australia

Updated Apr 12, 2015
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    Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
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    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at ThoughtWorks (Sydney (Australia)) in February 2015.

    Interview

    I was approached by TW recruiter. The interview consists phone screening with HR. Then we arranged an interview day at the Sydney office that lasted the whole day and consisted culture interview with 2 sales lead, a competency interview with 2 BA, two timed paper based lateral thinking, logical test, and run a client workshop simulation session

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    • Describe an experience when you made a controversial statement   Answer Question
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    Graduate Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
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    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at ThoughtWorks (Sydney (Australia)) in October 2014.

    Interview

    Sent in my resume; had a phone screen and then did a code assignment. They liked the code so I then went in for a 'Wonderlic' and logic test followed by a pair coding interview. The pair coding interview was pretty tough. The interviewers pushed me on how I'd extend the code. I hadn't written any tests (good idea to use TDD for the code assignment) and didn't really know how to do it so struggled with this part. Somehow I made it through anyway and was invited back the next week for another set of interviews.

    In this session, there was a cultural interview where they asked questions like my opinion on how to improve gender disparity in IT. To prepare for this, you might want to look at ThoughtWorks' areas of interest for social impact. After the cultural interview, I had to give a (pre-prepared) presentation on a topic of my choice. There were about 5 people in the room for this so practise public speaking if you're not comfortable. Finally, there was a consulting interview that tests your ability to ask the right questions. (Hint: ask lots of questions, especially 'dumb questions' about basic assumptions and write everything down)

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    Graduate Quality Assurance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
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    No Offer
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at ThoughtWorks (Sydney (Australia)) in June 2012.

    Interview

    ThoughtWorks take the time to get to know their candidates and they encourage you to get to know them (some employers see recruiting as more of a one-way thing). This is the best interview experience I have had at any company to date.
    Applied on website
    Initial phone interview - about 30 minutes
    Homework assignment - took me about 3 hours
    Wonderlic aptitude test & non-technical coding logic test - about 2 hours
    Interview day: group problem solving activity, presentation, cultural interview, consulting role-playing exercise, technical interview

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    • Even for an entry-level role, they put you into a top-level consulting role-play i.e. you are meeting the client for the first time, establishing that relationship and beginning to understand their needs   Answer Question
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    Senior Business Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Declined Offer
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    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at ThoughtWorks (Sydney (Australia)) in May 2008.

    Interview

    ThoughtWorks had a very thorough interview process that spanned a number of days. It was slightly frustrating because one had to take out between 1 and 2 hours over 3 days or go in and spend a whole day with them (choice is yours)... but I appreciated and respected the thoroughness of the process.

    Initial Phone interview with HR: went on for over 45 mins. The interviewer asks you questions designed to test your thought process and makes notes of your answers. Some of the questions are definitely off the beaten part E.g. what do you think of the future of facebook? There was also an opportunity to ask after the culture of the company and other questions that the candidate might have.

    Testing: Two tests that took about 20-30 mins each. They call you in to their premises. For a BA role, the tests were (i) general aptitutde and (ii) comprehension (if i remember correctly)

    Panel Interview: An interview with two contemporary BAs. We did a role play session where they played stakeholders and put me in a mock requirements gathering situation. I storyboarded stuff on a pencil and paper. It seemed to go down well with them. You can also ask them questions about the work culture, why they like the place etc.

    1:1 Interview: I don't remember who this was with but it was with someone high up. This is just an opportunity to clear out the final details: he'll ask you what your career plan is, why you think you'll fit in well etc. You can ask him what sort of growth you can expect etc.

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    Reasons for Declining

    I took a higher paying, less interesting contract job. I've always thought of going back because I was greatly impressed with the people and their processes.

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    Graduate Developer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sydney (Australia)
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ weekinterviewed at ThoughtWorks (Sydney (Australia)) in October 2007.

    Interview

    There are a few steps in the interview process, ranging from the initial questionnaire which offers your the opportunity to be creative with your answers through to the presentation style interview - where they ask you to speak either on a particular topic or a topic of your own choosing. As a graduate, they're really looking for how well you present yourself (because you clearly won't have the same level of experience as your potential colleagues) - and clearly express your point of view. My first perceptions of the work culture was that it was relaxed, friendly and fun. The place seemed casual and even now, they express to candidates that they should dress in what makes them feel comfortable. The most difficult part of the interview was the role play.

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    • Now we are going to role play. I will give you very little information, and I expect you to just follow along. You are a consultant.   Answer Question

    Negotiation

    All graduate packages are fixed.

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