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Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England

No Offer
Negative Experience
Difficult Interview
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I interviewed at what3words (London, England)

Interview

Multi stage interview process - incredibly time consuming data task considering the level of the role. Around 5 separate meetings/interviews which themselves took a long time as well as presenting the data task findings

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  • Describe one of your data projects
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England

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Negative Experience
Difficult Interview
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I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at what3words (London, England) in Aug 2023

Interview

Initial call with HR/ recruiter for around thirty minutes, and he said will get back to me, soon I received an email asking me to do a technical test which involved Golang, Kubernetes, Docker, Helm, Kustomize, Terraform . It took a couple of days to finish because the test was thorough. I submitted my code and after a week or so I received a mail saying test was fine, I did good, but they don't want to proceed because I lack some skills in my profile. I was wondering when they initially called for the discussion and when they gave me the technical test they had no issues with my profile and they agree I did do the test well. After that for some reason suddenly I am not good enough. I am guessing they are not even reading the resume and shortlisting candidates, they are just asking everyone to take a test and rejecting later. This is totally inconsiderate. If they spend a couple of minutes shortlisting candidates they wouldn't be wasting others time. I replied to the rejection mail mentioning my thoughts and no response.

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Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England

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I interviewed at what3words (London, England) in Jun 2023

Interview

Initial Screening Technical Task Ghost You. - No reply once you complete the task , They will ask you create a sevice and then may be use your code. Please don't waste your time.

Interview Questions
  • Create a Backend Service on Spring Boot using what3words API.
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Average Interview
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I interviewed at what3words

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Pretty easygoing, direct questions, friendly environment. Went straight to the point with no hidden questions behind it. Asked about 5 questions in about 30 minutes. Interviewer was also on time. Overall a fair and good experience.

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Anonymous Employee in London, England

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Positive Experience
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I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at what3words (London, England) in Oct 2022

Interview

A long, thorough but enjoyable and purposeful process which helped us all ensure there was a good fit. The full process took about a month and a half total (due in part to holidays and diary clashes). It was a pretty big time investment - for their team too - which meant by the end we were all confident that I had a grip on the tech, the role and responsibilities; and that we felt had a good culture/ethos fit. Everyone was extremely pleasant and each stage involved great, thought provoking questions. Stage 1. Recorded 3 x 1 minute videos answering 3 set questions. 2. Call with Head of Recruitment: to discuss my background and more details on the role. 3. 'Tech Screen': Call with BD team member to test understanding and applications of the tech. 4. Call with CCO: Bit of my background and talk through details/realities of the role. 5. Vision Pitch. 5 minute presentation to a 'client' (role play by BD team members). Q&A/Objection handling afterwards. 6. Meet CCO: (at the office). Discussion of my background in more detail, chemistry fit and approach to work. 7. Meet with CEO: (at the office). A 'getting to know you', chemistry fit and approach to work.

Interview Questions
  • 3x Video Questions: 1. How would you describe what3words and its mission to a friend? 2. Describe a business who you think could benefit from integrating with what3words and why? Please explain as well how they would use what3words and how they would be charged. 3. Our mission is to become the global standard for addressing. What interesting perspectives or experiences do you bring that will help us achieve this mission of scaling globally?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

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Neutral Experience
Average Interview
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Interview

The process was very smooth, there were a few rounds of interviews - a video interview, and 2 face to face interviews with the managers. I didn't wait a long time between the interview stages, however waited for 2 weeks to find out they decided to go ahead with someone else, which was a bit frustrating.

Interview Questions
  • What interesting perspectives or experiences do you bring that will help us achieve our mission?
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England

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Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied through other source. The process took 1 week. I interviewed at what3words (London, England) in Aug 2022

Interview

Was a 30 minute interview and the interviewer was quite disorganised jumping about from discussing the company and then asking off topic questions. On occasion answered his own questions at one point 5 minutes in, asked me if I wanted to know how the company makes money (after we did brief intros) and that he was surprised I hadn’t asked. Felt very rushed this was because he had admittedly organised back-back interviews which means with no time for overlap he didn’t have time for any of my questions which were not on his agenda. I managed to ask a question regarding if 5G would go for or against the business and it appeared as if I either asked a very silly question or he didn’t know the answer. Wasn’t an unpleasant interviewer, not personal. Suspect he did indeed have a high number of candidates to see but better organisation of time would have helped.

Interview Questions
  • Tell me about a time where you managed a situation followed by ‘I suppose it was xxx section that you detail on your CV’ ‘Don’t you want to know how the company makes money’ before I could answer ‘here’s how…’
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Anonymous Interview Candidate

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Positive Experience
Difficult Interview
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Interview

3 stages 1st withHR 2nd with relevant teams 3rd with Senior Directors Took a long time to arrange the interviews The video interview can be quite difficult Overall really enjoyed preparing and learning more about W3W.

Interview Questions
  • Resistance to change Why now? Unsure how to activate their customers
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Anonymous Interview Candidate in London, England

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Negative Experience
Average Interview
Application

I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at what3words (London, England) in May 2022

Interview

Invited to submit a 15min video following an online application. Felt very impersonal for a senior role, especially since interviews are two-way. I emailed expressing my preference for an intro discussion so I could decide if the role was the right fit for me and was informed that this was not possible. I declined to submit the video and withdrew my application.

Interview Questions
  • How would you describe what3words and its mission to a friend? 2. Describe a business who you think could benefit from integrating with what3words and why? Please explain as well how they would use what3words and how they would be charged 3. Why do you think you're the right person for the Head of Partner Success role? What interesting or relevant experience can you bring to help us build this function?
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Anonymous Employee

Accepted Offer
Positive Experience
Difficult Interview
Application

I applied online. I interviewed at what3words

Interview

There were several stages - firstly a recorded video interview answering three questions, followed by an interview with the Head of TA, a brief chat with the hiring manager, a pitch stage and then a final round with the hiring manager. This was the best interview process I have been through for any role - communication from the recruitment team was excellent, and I feel I was given all necessary information at each stage to put my best foot forward.

Interview Questions
  • Questions regarding experience, problem solving, why you want to work for the company, demonstration of understanding of the product, understanding of the company's commercial model
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Glassdoor users rated their interview experience at what3words as 45.2% positive with a difficulty rating score of 3.15 out of 5 (where 5 is the highest level of difficulty). Candidates interviewing for Business Development Associate and Data Analyst rated their interviews as the hardest, whereas interviews for Manager and Marketing Executive roles were rated as the easiest.

The hiring process at what3words takes an average of 28 days when considering 42 user submitted interviews across all job titles. Candidates applying for Manager had the quickest hiring process (on average 1 day), whereas Business Development roles had the slowest hiring process (on average 60 days).

Common stages of the interview process at what3words according to 42 Glassdoor interviews include:

Phone Interview: 27.08%

One-on-One Interview: 21.88%

Presentation: 14.58%

Group Panel Interview: 14.58%

Background Check: 10.42%

Drugs Test: 4.17%

Skills Test: 4.17%

Other: 3.13%

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Any genuinely good way to answer the "biggest weakness" question without sounding like a cliche. Anyone have any good examples?

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Travel Specialist

I interview with this place about a week and a half ago. I think it went well and in the interview she said the next step would be a writing example, so I did that. Sent it to them the day it was due and haven't heard back since. She did say any next steps would be after thanksgiving since everyone was busy and their calendars full last week. I followed up on Monday with an email, but haven't heard back. Maybe it's taking awhile or should I try again end of week? I would at least like feedback.

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Joneson Gao

I was promised a decision made by mid last week. I followed up on Thursday last week and got a response the update is now followed up with the hiring manager and their director and expect hear back by middle of next week. What should I be expecting if it’s delayed on promised update timeline from the hiring manager interview?

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