Interview Prep: Gearing Up for the Interview
At Red Clay, we believe interviewing is a two-way street. Our interview prep process helps us ensure we are the right match for each other; we are looking for the win-win scenario! When our employees are fulfilled, they are more eager to grow professionally and invest more of themselves in the company, which results in success for the employee, Red Clay, and our clients.
Tips for a successful interview
Be yourself. We want you to get to know the real you. There is no “typical” Red Clay hire—we all come from a variety of backgrounds. Relax…we want you to feel comfortable and be excited—not anxious—about your interviews.
Interview us. Come prepared with questions that will help you to get to know your interviewers and get a feel for our work, our product, our people, and our values.
What you can expect in the interviews
Depending on the role that you are being evaluated for, there are multiple steps in our interview process. Throughout this process, a corporate recruiter will serve as your single point of contact. Your recruiter will keep you informed of next steps and advised of your status.
One-Way Video Interview
As part of our interview process for certain candidates, including entry-level candidates, we will be using a video interviewing platform, Spark Hire. The video interviewing platform will allow our hiring team and candidates to connect quicker without the pressure of synchronizing calendars for our initial phase of candidate assessments. Our goal with the video interviewing portion of our hiring process is to learn more about your personality and previous work experience.
For experienced candidates, this is the first step on your journey to a career with Red Clay. A recruiter typically conducts a 30-60 minute phone conversation to get to know you, your objectives, and determine the next steps for employment at Red Clay Consulting. Remote candidates often have multiple phone interviews with additional members of the Red Clay interviewing team.
The online personality assessment asks you situational questions as well as some basic logic questions. You should complete this exam in a quiet setting and answer as truthfully and accurately as possible. The amount of time you take on the exam will impact your results. This exam is completed online and takes about 45 minutes.
Case Study Interview
Case interviews are broad, two-way discussions, rather than one-way tests. During the case study, an interviewer gives you a question, situation, problem, or challenge and asks you to come up with a solution. You are encouraged to ask the interviewer logical questions that will help you understand the situation, probe deeper into relevant areas, gather pertinent information, and arrive at a solution. We are not looking for a “correct” answer, but rather for an understanding of how you think and approach problems. Your communication and presentation skills are also being evaluated.
Technical Aptitude Assessment
This paper and pencil exam is designed to measure one’s ability to learn programming languages. The examinee needs no prior experience in programming, and those with some experience gain no advantage over the inexperienced. It is a work sample test in which the candidate writes coded instructions to a computer in a logical sequence to carry out program specifications. The examinees must apply the rules of coding, looping, incrementing, and branching as they write short programs in the test booklet. Examinees must also be able to demonstrate “adaptive flexibility” by applying the language rules to progressively more complex problem requirements. This exam takes 75 minutes and is proctored on site at our offices or via a Skype video conference for remote candidates
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