During the phone or video interviews, you will talk on a first contact with someone from the talent area, who will make the first information collection and help you to align your expectations with our opportunities. This call will last between 20 and 30 minutes In the following stages of the process, there will be a technical review which will include a coding challenge and then an English exercise. With these approved exams you will have access to an interview with a potential colleague or manager.
We conduct this evaluation through Codility’s, and the time required is 2 hours. The evaluation is done online and is timed.
This is an exercise that measures the level of English according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is an international standard for describing language ability. It describes language ability on a six-point scale, from A1 for beginners, up to C2 for those who have mastered a language. This exercise will take 25 minutes.
Interview with Data: by the time the candidate reaches this stage, the goal is to verify/assert all the data we gathered about the candidate throughout the process (i.e. Codility’s - The English Quiz). The idea is to use this data to drive the meeting with the candidate and decide whether the candidate is a good fit for SOUTHWORKS and the position they are applying to. Purpose: the outcome of this process is a recommendation on whether the candidate should be considered as a potential hire. You will meet with a Southie — a potential colleague or manager — for about 30 to 60 minutes. Throughout the interview process, feel free to ask your interviewers for clarification to make sure you fully understand their questions. And feel free to interview us, too. Ask questions—about the work, about the team, about the culture—that will help you decide whether the job will be right for you.
Interviews for all roles
Predict the future
You can anticipate 90% of the interview questions you’re going to get. “Why do you want this job?” “What’s a tough problem you’ve solved?” If you can’t think of any, SOUTHWORKS’ “most common interview questions.” Write down the top 20 questions you think you’ll get.
For every question on your list, write down your answer. That will help them stick in your brain, which is important because you want your answers to be automatic.
Have a backup plan
Actually, for every question, write down THREE answers. Why three? You need to have a different, equally good answer for every question because the first interviewer might not like your story. You want the next interviewer to hear a different story and become your advocate.
We want to understand how you think, so explain your thought process and decision making throughout the interview. Remember we’re not only evaluating your technical ability, but also how you approach problems and try to solve them. Explicitly state and check assumptions with your interviewer to ensure they are reasonable.
Every question should be answered with a story that demonstrates you can do what you’re being asked about. “How do you lead?” should be answered with “I’m a collaborative/decisive/whatever leader. Let me tell you about the time I … ”
Many of the questions will be deliberately open-ended to provide insight into what categories and information you value within the technological puzzle. We’re looking to see how you engage with the problem and your primary method for solving it. Be sure to talk through your thought process and feel free to ask specific questions if you need clarification.
Think about ways to improve the solution you present. It’s worthwhile to think out loud about your initial thoughts to a question. In many cases, your first answer may need some refining and further explanation. If necessary, start with the brute force solution and improve on it — just let the interviewer know that's what you're doing and why.
Everyone gets better with practice. Practice your interview answers—out loud—until you can tell each story clearly and concisely.