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I applied online. I interviewed at nPlan in May 2021
At first you get a behavioral interview, then a task, then a technical interview, then some more behavioral interviews. In the behavioral one they seem interested in your fit in the company's core values. I got rejected from the start, but I didn't get the feedback as in why, since there was no technical task yet, so I had to assume that I was not a good cultural fit. In any case, they left me with a bitter taste.
- They asked about the times I had to present data results in front of an audience and the challenges that I had to overcome. Then, how would I behaved when someone had been radically truthful to me.
I interviewed at nPlan
There was an introductory chat first, followed by a take home assignment if approved for the next round, followed by further technical interviews if the take home assignment proved acceptable.
- Asked about familiarity with Agile development.
I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Apr 2021
It was a very lengthy process, 6 rounds in total: - Application where they ask at least 4 questions to write about in addition to the cover letter and CV - Half an hour discussion with a member of the team - Take home test: they give you practically no guidance.They want to see how you approach problems and what direction you find interesting. - One hour long discussion about the take home test, why you did this, or that. With two team members, asking questions from different perspectives - Another one hour long interview to measure how aligned you are with the company’s values - And finally, a 4 hours long round, called on-site test. I went through all the stages, and finally, after all the hours I put in research, take home test, interviews, I got rejected. It took them 6.5 hours interviews plus reviewing take home test to realise that I am not fit for the role. Although they repeatedly said that I had great ideas, they felt I would need support which they could not provide and that it would be too much pressure for me. How could they know what is too much pressure, by the way… Based on the test, they could see I can do stuff. They came to this conclusion after that 4 hours where they left me with cc 45 mins plus a 30 mins lunch break to work on two different task and a presentation. They expected more… Their expectation was absolutely out of order from the amount of task. Oh, and they even said they did not expect one to finish everything. There were members of the team who were present on various stages. I write here what I wrote to them as well. They wasted so much of my time for a conclusion that they should have reached at a much earlier stage. This is incredibly disrespectful, unprofessional and hard to reconcile with their much praised values. I am very upset as I was very excited about this company, everything looked so promising and they did not even manage to put their feedback into writing, although this is part of their core values. Clearly it is just the usual word document, copied from books fashionable with startups nowadays.
- Why are you interested in working for us? Which of the company's values do you feel most affinity with? Why? What did you find interesting in the dataset (take home test)?
I applied online. I interviewed at nPlan (Lisbon) in Apr 2021
They were very quick in each stage, which is very positive. I applied on their website and got an invitation for a small intro call, which was with one of their members and lasted 30 minutes.
- How I handled bad feedback in the past, which value I identified with the most
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Feb 2021
The process is lengthy, it has 4 parts. I only reached part 3, where precisely one hour and five minutes before my interview, around 9 am in the morning, they suddenly told me they decided to not hire anyone for this role. When I asked for feedback for the take home assignment they gave (because they didn't provide one in the rejection email), I was given a sort of non-specific and short feedback that only addressed my submission at a superficial level, and the main idea was "it's not you, it's us". I am usually okay with not receiving feedback, but considering how last minute everything was after a lengthy assignment, I feel like they could have handled things better. It actually seems like a cool company, so it's a shame that they seem to be having either internal chaos or difficulty communicating to candidates as I cannot think of any other reason why a decision to "close this role" would come so abruptly; 9 am, 1 hour before a candidate interview to be precise. The interview parts are: 1) Phone interview: general conversation 2) Take home assignment: building a graph representation model to train on a small dataset. 3) Technical Video Interview: here we were supposedly going to talk about the assignment I submitted, and other technical topics. 4) On-site full day
- What company value do you identify with the most?
I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Feb 2021
First interview was a CV walk through and general skills chat with the APAC director. Second interview was with the CEO and MAE, some competency questions, other questions weren’t overly clear. CEO visibly switch off around 60% through. I received an email the next day saying I was unsuccessful, just that, I emailed to ask for feedback but I’ve yet to receive a response. I find it rather disappointing that a company who’s core values include being radically truthful and to learn from everything wouldn’t give a candidate feedback, it’s neither truthful nor allowing them to learn. Overall, the company and product seem really cool, the core values on a paper are great, but they definitely need to be more polished and respectful of candidates time.
- What are our core values
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Feb 2021
At the beginning of the whole application process they provide a comprehensive candidate guide, which reflects very accurately the ensuing steps and timeframe, as well as recommended sources of information to learn more about what they do. In general, the process looks like: - Intro call - Take-home assignment - Video call - On-site I managed to get to the on-site, which was remote due to the pandemic. It's a full day experience that includes a 1h talk with the co-founders to check core value alignment. The whole process felt quite comfortable, as they seem easy-going people that genuinely care about who they might get on board. The remote format was a shame, as I think it is detrimental to the spirit of this step and it makes the code pairing task harder to handle, or at least that was my case, but there is no one to blame for this.
I applied online. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Jan 2021
- Introductory call on motivations, background, past experiences and example projects worked on - Take home task on analysing a couple of small datasets. Open ended request for exploring the data, drawing interesting conclusions and writing an accompanying report.
The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, ON) in Jan 2021
Lengthy interview process but quite enjoyable and enriching for the most part. I will recommend preparing a couple different answers to the typical questions as they will ask them repeatedly during the consecutive rounds. The order of the interviews was confusing and amended a couple of times but the “feedback” in between interviews was remarkable quick. First, 30min introduction call with a member of the team. Very natural and friendly. They want to know your interests, motivation to join the company, background and how your past experiences would match your new role. Next, 1hr technical interview with two team members. Not specially complicated plus the team will help you feel comfortable. Still, you might want to do a quick review on basic statistics & probability before the interview. Last, 1hr call discussing the company values with founder and HR.
- With which company value do you identify the most with? Demonstrate with examples. Tell me about something you have learned recently? (x2)
I applied online. The process took 4 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England, England) in Nov 2020
I applied online through their portal. I had a 30 minute call with the lead software engineer. Then a take home challenge using their technical stack (lengthy). This was followed by a one hour technical screen call with two engineers. I was invited to do a full day on-site from 10-4.30 but declined having seen the schedule. This was back to back interviews all day, one of the slots even overlapped with the previous ending at 10:45 and the next starting at 10:30!! To this was added a technical challenge to build an app based on their data. Very little time had been allocated to work on this with a half hour presentation to be given on the solution at 4pm!!! I had to chase them twice for information following my technical interview and again for the schedule above which was only provided at 2pm the day before!! Despite providing a schedule with timelines for how their interview process would work at no point did they follow this. The whole process had taken 1 month before I dropped it. I also should note that I am a disabled candidate and had disclosed my disability to nPlan. I was not asked whether I needed any adjustments to their process and having seen the schedule for their final day absolutely no consideration had been given to this possibility.
- With which of our values do you most identify?