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I have been working at nPlan full-time (More than a year)
nPlan is made up of great people, working collaboratively to solve a big, challenging problem in the construction industry at a time of great upheaval. Working here provides a once in a generation opportunity to make an impact at an industry level.
What I really like about the day to day of working at nPlan is that we have a well defined set of values that we truly live by. Our values don't just sit in a document or on the wall, but we continually measure ourselves against them. We celebrate when we live up to them and we learn from the moments when we don't.
I came from a large corporate and found the lack of direction challenging at first. When you join a small team you truly get to make an impact on the direction of travel for the organisation. This required an adjustment on my part - instead of waiting for an instruction, I had to learn to make a decision and run with it. Everyone is empowered and supported to do this at nPlan.
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I applied online. The process took 6 weeks. I interviewed at nPlan (London, England) in April 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.