Here's the situation: you've read everything you could about OpenClassrooms in this course, and now you're thinking about applying here. Great! Have you looked at our job offers website?
You might wonder what happens during the job interview: who you will talk to, what we're looking for, how long it usually takes. This chapter is here to give you all the answers!
First things first: what are the open positions at OpenClassrooms and how can you apply?
Easy one! We have a dedicated website: http://jobs.openclassrooms.com/
Here, you'll find some information and photos of OpenClassrooms:
You'll find open positions on this same page. Pick the one that appeals to you the most.
Take the time to read and understand the job offer by reading it carefully:
Click on "Apply for this job" and fill the form. We'll then review it. This can take a few days, sometimes longer depending on the number of people applying, but you'll always get an answer eventually.
If we decide to move on with you, we're likely to contact you for a quick interview by phone or Skype.
The first interview (phone, 15-20 mins)
The first interview usually happens by phone or Skype. You're likely to talk with Virginie, our head of HR. She knows the company well, having worked here for many years. There can be two people on the phone sometimes (Virginie + someone from the team you're applying to).
The first interview shouldn't take longer than 15-20 minutes. We want to find out if there's a fit or not.
This is what's will happen:
Tell us a bit about your profile and previous job experience. We'll have your résumé but we'd like to hear you present yourself. Make it short (3-5 mins), we'll ask you questions if we want more detail.
Tell us what you've understood about OpenClassrooms and the job offer. Rephrase it with your own words.
We'll follow up by presenting the job in more detail. We'll tell you if you were close or not. There's no catch here: the idea is to make sure we both understand who we are and what we're looking for.
We'll ask you if you have any question you'd like to ask.
That's it! 😉
The second interview (at OpenClassrooms, 30-60 mins)
If we decide to take things further with you, there will be a second interview in person at OpenClassrooms.
What to expect
You're likely to see new people and someone from the phone interview. There will be the person who's going to make the hiring decision (the job manager, usually the team's manager).
There can be also a member from another team. If not, you're likely to have a third interview later.
You'll be asked to present yourself once again, as some people around the table weren't there the first time. We'll talk about the job in more detail and are likely to ask you more specific questions about your previous experience.
We'll talk about OpenClassrooms work culture. At this point, we expect that you've read a good portion of this OpenClassrooms course (the more you've read, the better!). This will help us getting to the interesting stuff quicker, and you'll be more likely to make a connection between what you've read and what you see in the company.
Seeing people face to face is very important. It helps us understand your personality way better.
What we're looking for
When we interview someone in person, we're going to look after some key elements:
Do you have the technical capability to do the job? Your previous experience is important, but less than your ability to face new and challenging situations. We might ask you how you'd do something in some specific situations.
Do you have the soft skills we like? For example, what do you understand about agile project management? Are you easy with objectives that change often? With the fact that your job in six months is likely to be very different from when you started? And, more than anything, how would you fit the culture here? Are you someone that we'd see ourselves working with?
Please remember that the most important skill we'll be looking for is honesty. Be sincere about what you know and don't know. We want to know what you don't know, and we're totally fine if you have things to learn.
Our experience shows that culture fit is extremely important. So much that we've stolen this chart from another company (Automattic, makers of Wordpress):
Of course, it's hard to quantify technical and human intelligence. However, people around the table can quickly agree on whether there is a fit or not. If you're qualified for the job, it doesn't mean we'll hire you. We really look into soft-human-skills. They make all the difference in the end.
We prefer to start more slowly with someone we know we'd like to work with for a long time, than immediately get all the skills but be unable to move on due to personality incompatibility.
In total, the whole process takes a few weeks, but it can be faster (up to one week).
Salary and perks
We'll end up asking you about the salary you're looking for. Tell us what you'd be comfortable with. We'll take note during the interview but we won't discuss this point: if we're made to work together, we know that we'll find something we can both agree with. We'll discuss this later in the process if we want to hire you.
All employees also benefit from the following perks:
Medical insurance: 100% covered for you and your family by OpenClassrooms
Transportation expenses: 100% covered by OpenClassrooms
Sport: 100% of Gympass covered by OpenClassrooms (gives you access to a lot of gym facilities)
Lunch vouchers ("tickets resto"): 8,65€ / day, 60% covered by OpenClassrooms (this is the maximum amount we can legally cover)
Long-term care insurance ("prévoyance"): 50% covered by OpenClassrooms
Stock options: this means you'll be able to own a percentage of OpenClassrooms like a shareholder, and make additional money in case of a liquidity event
Premium accounts for you and your family: free Premium Solo account for you and 2 members of your entourage (family and friends). We also participate in your Premium Plus if you want to learn a new job. You'll get 66% off of the total cost, and your entourage will get 20% off.
Even better: if you want to learn a new job to switch careers at OpenClassrooms, we will pay 100% of your training!
Some fees will also be covered if you work remotely
If you have any question about this, just ask us by e-mail or during the job interview. 😊