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Questions entretien chez Smart Pension

Entretiens chez Smart Pension

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    Entretien de Product Owner

    Employé anonyme - Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Offre d'embauche acceptée
    Expérience positive
    Entretien facile

    Candidature

    J'ai postulé via un recruteur. J'ai passé un entretien à Smart Pension (Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)) en mars 2020.

    Entretien

    I met with the Head of Engineering and had a 1 hour interview with him. It was very much a conversation and really suited my style where I was able to get an understanding of the company and engineering structure and HoE an understanding of my skills. I really enjoyed it and have never had an interview like that before.

    The second hour was spent with two senior PMs. I also really enjoyed that interview. They really gave a great insight into the product and ways of working. There were some behavioural questions and when I forgot to give an example (woops!) they prompted for one which shows empathy in the interview process and felt like they were engaged with me asking tailored questions to my background and responses.

    Questions d'entretien d'embauche

    • Standard questions around story writing, refinement process, product ownership in general. Prioritisation techniques   1 réponse
    • They asked tailored questions to my background and responses   1 réponse

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    Entretien de Software Engineer

    Candidat à l'entretien anonyme
    Aucune offre d'embauche
    Expérience négative
    Difficulté moyenne

    Entretien

    Pretty decent process overall, some interviews with members of the team and a more technical one as well. However the third party recruiter they used was not decent (not professional and not pleasant to deal with). Overall you feel like the whole process is not a pleasant experience and would waste a lot of your time.

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  3. Utile (2)  

    Entretien de Junior Scrum Master

    Candidat à l'entretien anonyme
    Offres d'embauche déclinées
    Expérience négative
    Entretien dificile

    Candidature

    J'ai postulé via un recruteur. Le processus a pris 2 semaines. J'ai passé un entretien à Smart Pension.

    Entretien

    A TERRIBLE interview!

    The person conducting the interview was in charge of engineering so they were not a Scrum Master or Agile Coach themselves. Throughout the interview he kept interrupting me throughout every answer I gave and so I wasn’t even given the chance to finish off my sentences which I felt was incredibly disrespectful. He was also extremely rude, didn't smile or bothering making any sort of eye contact towards me.

    I wanted to understand how Agile they are as a business, so I asked them to explain some techniques they use when holding their retrospectives however, they gave extremely vague answers and couldn’t provide any concrete examples or strategies. He then asked me what a “servant leader” was and I told him it’s someone who puts the teams interests before there own and tries to help outside stakeholders understand which interactions are helpful and which aren't for the team - and then he said I was wrong! .... After that I realised this interview was becoming a bit of a joke.

    Surely it would have made more sense for me to interview with a Senior Scrum Master or Agile Coach who had years of practice in implementing Agile into organisations? Just because he has a passion for Agile doesn't mean he's good at understanding it. Anyone can be an advocate of Agile - but agile is a mindset and being able to embody the values and do the work on yourself is the hardest part. You're there to be a leader, not a boss!

    When asking me to give an example of when a colleague has argued with me, I stated that we rarely have arguments and have discussions instead where both parties feel heard and negotiate to meet in the middle. His colleague happily agreed with my answer however, he gave me a look, disapproving of my answer and then decided to state that he has arguments all the time! (Not that I wouldn't have already been able to tell so far).

    After a series of questions thrown at me and rejected and interrupted, I almost felt like walking out of the interview at this point due to lack of respect. To sum it all up - it was an extremely unprofessional interview which demonstrated that they're not quite ready for Agile!

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    Réponse de Smart Pension

    5 août 2019 – Head of Talent

    Hi there!

    This is Martin - Head of Talent/People. Firstly, thank you for taking the time to write your feedback. I never like to read that we haven't given a positive experience, but none the less, feedback is something we do value very highly.

    We try to put two people to conduct every interview and in this case, the second person in the room was a Scrum Master and I note your comments about that individual nodding in agreement with one of your answers.

    Interviews are a two-way street and if you felt that the interviewer, in this case, was rude or disrespectful, I apologise because that is not how we want anyone to feel and we certainly do not take any interviews as a joke, for us, they are a way to find the best candidates for our roles and also, to make sure the candidate feel Smart is the right company for them.

    We will challenge candidates on their points of view sometimes, not to be argumentative, but to test their overall knowledge and see how in-depth they know their subject matter, as this helps us not only decide on the candidates to take forward, but also, if there are development areas we need to be aware of when we hire people (everyone has something to learn of course).

    Interviews are (of course) subjective to a point, but we have clearly not met your expectations on this occasion and I do hope that this reply will at least let you know that we have taken your comments seriously.

    Kind regards,

    Martin


  4. Utile (1)  

    Entretien de Junior Ruby Developer

    Candidat à l'entretien anonyme - Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Aucune offre d'embauche
    Expérience positive
    Entretien dificile

    Candidature

    J'ai postulé en ligne. Le processus a pris 2 semaines. J'ai passé un entretien à Smart Pension (Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)) en mai 2019.

    Entretien

    Phone Interview, Coding challenge and then face to face interview. Phone interview was fine, they just asked about experience. The coding challenge was a bit more difficult with little instructions

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    Réponse de Smart Pension

    5 août 2019 – Head of Talent

    Hi!

    Thanks for the review and glad that overall it was a positive experience. Whether the interview ends in the person getting a new role with us or not, we hope the experience has been a positive one.

    What I will say is although it didn't work out this time, please do think of us again in the future, we know that people learn more skills with time, so who knows, in 6-12 months, maybe we will get the opportunity to meet again?

    Martin - Head of Talent/People


  5. Utile (2)  

    Entretien de Solutions Architect

    Candidat à l'entretien anonyme - Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Offres d'embauche déclinées
    Expérience négative
    Entretien facile

    Candidature

    J'ai postulé via un recruteur. Le processus a pris 3 semaines. J'ai passé un entretien à Smart Pension (Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)) en septembre 2018.

    Entretien

    Came through agent who grilled me over 2 calls and then presented me to the company. 2nd call was with the internal recruitment head, which went very well and seemed like a really nice guy. All great so far.

    Two interviewees, after the usual greetings I was asked normal generic crappy questions you get asked by people who have no skills in talent, "so tell me about yourself, just to let you know I don't know where you've come from and have just seen your CV" - what a pathetic start, already I was ready to leave. In the interest of diplomacy and respect to the agent, I unfortunately stayed.

    The rest of the interview was based around experience, what I've done, basically reading my CV out loud to them. How do I manage stuff, what is my process to a solution - Answer could have been as crazy as "Blue", I don't know, I haven't seen your systems yet, so how can I tell you the solution?!

    One thing that stood out was the reaction I received when I said "I love the idea of working within a Startup" - this was met with an almost angry response, "well we're not quite a startup, we are far past that" - really? 4 years old, have barely managed to take over the UK market and you're NOT a startup?! Airbnb still considers itself as one. This was a typical response I'd expect from people who have only worked in corporate life, the word startup is an offence to them.

    The problem with this specific role and the company is, they don't quite know what they want. This was mirrored by the agent too. Do you want a technical person or a hybrid, you say you want Hybrid, then focus on technical.

    The main reason why I would never work for this company is their attitude and arrogance. Most startups have the same attitude, so it's not surprisingly. A warning to the executive team, yes there are a lot of people looking for jobs, but great talent is scarce and they tend to not be just attracted towards startups with a nice office, computer consoles, beers and pool table. You can get that at Google.

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    Réponse de Smart Pension

    21 oct. 2018 – Head of Talent

    Dear Candidate,

    Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Whether positive or constructive feedback, it is valued by us here at Smart and it is taken seriously.

    I was disappointed to learn that your experience did not match up to your expectations and we will look at and discuss the interview process within the teams here at Smart to develop it further where needed.

    With regards to start-up, that is something a lot of people and companies try to define. For us, we see ourselves as a scale-up business. That is, we are no longer seed or series A funded and have nearly 200 people within the company and 4 years trading behind us, so we don't carry all the risk of a true start-up, but we do try to behave with the agility of one. It is one of those things that is very subjective and definitions will vary.

    That said, your experience was clearly not a positive one and for that, we apologise and will ensure that we work hard to make the interview process a better one for candidates moving forward.

    Martin - Head of Talent


  6. Utile (1)  

    Entretien de Human Resources and Recruitment

    Employé anonyme - Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)
    Offre d'embauche acceptée
    Expérience positive
    Difficulté moyenne

    Candidature

    J'ai postulé en ligne. Le processus a pris une semaine. J'ai passé un entretien à Smart Pension (Londres, Angleterre (Royaume-Uni)) en avril 2018.

    Entretien

    Following my application, I was emailed inviting me for a face to face interview. In my interview, I met with my prospective team manager and line manager and was asked questions reflecting on my knowledge of Smart Pension and my skillset. Following this, I received a call to discuss the timeline for my relocation to London, in addition to my salary expectations. When I was offered the position they reconfirmed all the details of the role and upon my acceptance went through the details of the timeline running up to my start at Smart. Even during the onboarding, I was consistently kept in contact in the run up to my start date, with and any queries I had quickly and happily answered.

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