Popularity

I have two interviews this coming week. One is the second interview from the phone interview I did a few days ago. I misunderstood when he said technical test – it’s actually a ‘collaborative’ coding/technical test thing done there and then inside the interview. That’s good as it really is time limited to 45 minutes, but bad because, well, I’ve never done that before in an interview setting. Which is funny. It’s a test designed to show I can do what I’ve been doing every day for the past decade, and I’m worried I might not be able to do well on it because I’ve never done it before.

The other interview is a phone interview. It’s come via the same agency – when she phoned me to tell me about the second interview, she threw this one in there and said “I’ll send you through a spec, and get back to me if you’re interested”. Less than two hours later, her boss emailed me to say “great news, they want to interview you! Are you free Monday?”. Well, I didn’t actually say I was interested and I haven’t looked at the spec yet, but…

I’m not sure about this one at all. I would have filtered myself out if I’d seen the spec published as an advert. They are looking for Umbraco experience, which I don’t have. I don’t get why they’ve written a spec saying Umbraco experience is a must, and then they see my CV and instantly want to interview me. The other thing is that the software they make is for online gambling. That’s a very exploitative industry. On the other hand, how many employers don’t exploit people?

I would have skipped it even if they hadn’t asked for Umbraco experience, though. Umbraco is a content management system (like WordPress) and if your technical problem looks like a CMS… Well, I’m not sure you’re going to keep me interested for long. But we’ll see

2 thoughts on “Popularity

  1. It’s nice to have options, & the interview practice will be useful. Are you calm about these ones?
    They’re taking the mick pushing your cv through without your consent though,

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    1. They are, but I can’t complain. I graduated in 2009 into the financial crisis, where nobody wanted to take on fresh grads with no experience. This is much better šŸ™‚ Also, it may have been a miscommunication between her and her boss – it was at the end of the day, so she might have updated him that she’d spoken to me about it and he misinterpreted it as meaning that I’d said I wanted to go for it.

      I feel calm at the moment… and I think the practice will be useful. I’m definitely treating the phone interview tomorrow as practice. Not sure about the other one (with the test), but it will be useful experience if the same format comes up again.

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