When I applied to these guys I couldn’t find any info online about what to expect once I sent in my application. So I’m writing this in the hope of limiting the suffering these fuckers cause to unsuspecting graduates.
Basically, they go out of their way to be dicks, they may do it for a reason, to see how people cope, or they may just to be dicks, but to subject people to what I had to go through, without any indication what was going to be involved, was cold. If I’d have known I probably wouldn’t have applied- but what do they care right? They have what we want, and we are surplus atm so there it’s no benefit to them to be nice to us - they can treat us like cattle and we will kiss their ass if they offer us a job
Anyway, here’s the process:
If you get passed the initial screening then they call you up at some point for a phone interview, with no prior warning. If you pass that then they say they will send you an exercise to complete.
You get emailed an exercise, you get 2 weeks to complete at least 2 out of 3 exercises. They are to write a binary tree sort, hangman game, noughts and crosses game, in java. If you’ve read the job description then you know it states ‘No experience required!’.
If you succeed at this then they call you in for an interview at their office.
They say on the advert:
‘When we invite you to the interview you’ll also get the chance to meet the people you’ll be working with and experience our fantastic office environment.’
and elsewhere on their site they say:
‘Interviews at TPP are relatively informal, you will be interviewed by people who you would actually work with, not just an intimidating panel of anonymous faces. We’ll ask you a few questions about your suitability, and generally get to know you.’
This was my first interview, and the impression I got from this was that it would be an open honest interview, that theyd be friendly and relaxed and mature - I was wrong.
You get into the building and sat in the waiting room, 2 guys turn up, not friendly, no smiles, serious business - they tell you to follow them, they lead you into a cubicle in the interview room. They ask you questions about yourself - ones like I see you got a 2.1, why didn’t you get a first? How would you rate yourself in terms of intelligence, then go on to say why are you are not at the top in terms of intelligence? and it went on, each question designed to mess with you. Throughout the interview the guy who wasn’t asking the questions was being incredibly rude, I can only imagine on purpose, yawning, not looking at you, when I answered something he didnt like he pulled a face like ‘thats a shit answer’ kind of face. At one point he got up in the middle of me talking and left the room, and came back in a minute or so.They then drew a couple of brain teasers on the board and asked me to solve them. Throughout trying to solve them they kept on asking me to tell them what I was thinking, they do not leave you alone to think for a second, they keep hassling you. I was a bit fried from the initial set of questions, then the mention of the puzzles through me so I was totally shit at both of them, couldn’t think straight with them hassling me.
After that they asked if I had any questions, then lead me out and told me to wait in the waiting room again, no friendly goodbye, totally cold. A women came down in a couple of minutes and told me they would be in touch. They emailed me to let me know I was unsuccessful.
They mislead you by giving the impression of a friendly relaxed interview, then they subject you to the most stressful interview they can muster - no where in the job description does it say the role is stressful or anything of the sort
I got the impression the guys were enjoying it - not cool. Being an unemployed graduate atm trying to land a job so that we can get on with enjoying life is not fun, it can be fucking cold and depressing, the system is harsh and unfair and these guys were taking pleasure in it.
If this is the sort of thing they decide to do as a company, and if these are the sort of people who work there, then shit…
Hopefully people now know so they can a. decide if they even want to work for them or b. if they do, then will be prepared for this
Even before the interview I had my doubts, the website gave a feel like team spirit there is all too immature and freshers like, fancy dress and general urgh…
Anyway, thats it.
Good luck with finding a job (preferably not at this company. starve the beast!)