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Here you’ll find tips to help you with your next recruitment, but also a bit of gossip from small and large tech companies. From us, you’ll find out who’s hiring, who’s firing and much, much more.
Hello, World! Mateusz here, welcome to take a stroll through our market!
1. Get a job at Microsoft in 5 steps
If you think that recruiting for Big Tech companies is multi-step, difficult, full of recruitment tasks combined with screening candidates from head to toe, then… of course you’re right. This is best evidenced by the story of a programmer who described his path to a full-time position at Microsoft.
The 5-step process at the Redmond giant consisted of, among other things, an initial interview, a test in Codility, three rounds of assignments (60 minutes each) and an interview with manager’s, manager’s, manager’s, manager. As I mentioned, in the end everything went the candidate’s way, but it is worth mentioning that this was his third attempt at Microsoft. Well, three times a charm!
If you’re curious what tasks are waiting for candidates to Microsoft, take a peek at the original post. I am curious to know if you would take part in such a challenge. On the one hand, it could be considered a good test of your skills, but on the other hand… start-ups have their charm too 😉
2. What questions should you ask your new team (and why as many as possible)?
Let’s look from another perspective. Every recruitment interview with a Team Leader ends with that awkward moment when you are the one who gets to ask your questions. Usually, nothing comes to your mind or you don’t see the point in asking for details at this stage? Wrong! It’s worth forging an iron while it’s hot. And if you have missed the moment, you can always ask crucial questions once you have met your new fellow devs.
How? This is where Thomas Stringer comes to the rescue, having published “20 questions a software engineer should ask when joining a new team” on his blog. This can be a source of inspiration for you, or a simple checklist to ensure that you certainly don’t overlook key issues. Some of them are connected with really simple things that you should hear from your buddies, but… you know. Sometimes teams also lose their heads when a new person joins.
Knowing that Software Engineers are required to understand the customer’s perspective, it is especially interesting to ask question 18: What are the biggest pain points of the software? This topic may seem risky ‘for a first-timer’, but it certainly speaks well of your business acumen.
3. Doctor, Snapchat is bleeding
Ending, some not-so-positive news about Snapchat. It used to be the leading app for sharing a few-second video, photo or message that (once viewed) disappeared from the recipient’s phone. Tik-Tokers will surely disagree, but it was the popular ‘Snap’ that changed the way millions of people approached multimedia communication.
It is, however, a bygone era. The Verge reported that the company will lay off 20% of its workforce – 1,200 out of 6,400 people. The layoffs will affect some teams, such as the one that creates apps and games inside Snapchat’s environment or the one responsible for the Zenly app, which creates maps with social elements (Snapchat bought it in 2017).
You ask: what happened? Well, it seems that Snapchat went way overboard in the COVID-19 era. Not only did it double its headcount in the last two years, but it also spent USD 500 million to acquire WaveOptics, a company that was supposed to provide AR displays for Snapchat Spectacles – the glasses that allow you to roam the world of augmented reality. When the results of both decisions were disappointing, the share price dropped by 80% and the company began to run into financial problems.
Interestingly, Snapchat is used by 347 million people every day – that’s more than Twitter, especially when you subtract the spam accounts. Perhaps someone should suggest to Elon the idea of buying Snapchat? The financial problems would be over quickly, and it would be more interesting on the platform itself.