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Voted one of the best places to work in the UK. It lived up to the hype, I had a great experience at the office. No pressure but you must stick to your targets.
Sales team can become complacent and not enough initiative to work harder.
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Keep on going with the great work
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Softwire (London, England (UK)) in September 2015.
Overall, I found the interview process a mixed bag. You agree during the interview process not to disclose any information about their tests, so I won’t give the details of those away, rather just discuss the interview experience itself. The positives were that you meet a fair few people, most of them friendly and interesting to talk to. Most of the tests are quite interesting and mentally stimulating. It does genuinely come across as a really good place to work if you get a job offer. There were a fair few things I didn’t enjoy about the process though. The first couple relate to the tests I did in the morning in a meeting room. Unfortunately, on the day I went in, there was building work going on coupled with a lot of talking/commotion outside. As a result, it was pretty noisy in the room which wasn’t at all soundproof – as you can imagine it was pretty distracting. The test software itself was certainly quirky – I kept scrolling down to keep the question I was answering at the top of the screen, but it kept scrolling the other way whenever I selected an answer! The lights in the room are controlled by a motion sensor, and they turned off halfway through the tests. I moved about a bit but they didn’t come back on. I stayed in the dark until the next break in the test when I wasn’t so worried about the time and got them back on with some more intense movements. Admittedly, it was somewhat amusing. During the tests you may not be moving much other than your hand on the mouse so it’s not really a surprise the lights can go out. A lot of the people I met didn’t really introduce themselves which I thought was atypical for an interview, especially compared to others I’ve had in the past. I also had a delayed response at some stages of the process. One of things that annoyed me the most was when I gave the answer to a question as log(A)/log(B). The interviewer asked me, ‘What base?’ (to which I naturally said, it doesn’t matter). The interviewer then indicated I wasn’t right and the answer was log(A) in base B. He thought I had forgotten how to use logarithms, but of course his answer is exactly the same as mine. It might be there was a breakdown in communication here but this kind of thing simply shouldn’t happen in an interview. My advice to Softwire is: • Put a pair of ear defenders in the meeting room so candidates can use them if they want. It might seem odd having them there but I’d rather have them than noise. • Make sure all important parts of the assessment have at least two interviewers in them. It helps avoid misunderstandings and gives a fairer assessment of candidates. • Do something about the motion sensor in the meeting room. • Make sure all the test instructions are crystal clear. It’s hard to imagine how candidates are equally assessed otherwise. I can’t say here what test in particular I’m thinking of but it was my least favourite one. • If you’re going to state you get back to 99 per cent of applications in two working days, candidates will expect a response in two working days. If there’s a delay for some reason, just let candidates know, rather than leave them wondering what is going on. If you’re applying: • If you have any burning questions throughout the process just ask them as it wasn’t clear when there’d be opportunities to ask questions. • If you’re experienced and are asked to write code, write it as you would for a production application. • Don’t be put off by any of the above – I’d have taken the job if I got it. I’m sure they’ll take some of the above on board and make some improvements – that’s the main reason I’m posting here. • Good luck!
Softwire is a privately owned software development company based in London, UK. We are specialists in the delivery of software consultancy and bespoke, custom-built software solutions. Softwire focus on providing an exceptional level of service to a manageable number of customers. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is second to none - not least because repeat business is an important source of our revenue.