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- I applied online. I interviewed at Aptsys Technology Solutions (Singapore) in May 2015.
- Interview was done at one of the restaurants they were selling their services to. This was a last-minute arrangement.
- Only asked about my proficiency level in certain programming languages. No technical test to gauge one's ability. Interviewer sounded very 'opened-minded', but I should have suspected that there's something going on in his head that he's not telling me.
- Was asked to start work right almost immediately the next day.
- Interview Questions
- What's your level of proficiency in C++?
- Answer Question
- Note that because there was no contract signed, I did not post this as an employee review, but I was "on trial" for a week, and feel the need to let other potential job seekers know what kind of company this is.
- I accepted the interviewer's terms to start immediately, but I wasn't offered a contract. I was told "it needs time to get ready". 1 week later, I didn't see the contract, and was booted out of the office after I failed to plot the project timeline within 2 hours (I was totally unaware that project management was part of the scope - this WAS NOT mentioned during the interview, or in the job description, and I obviously do not know anything about project management)
- This was what happened (in point form).
- - there was no proper handover. The last guy left way before I came in.
- - the guy I was supposed to talk to regarding the assignment was on leave for half the week and didn't come in until Thursday and Friday
- - I was given an unlicensed copy of Windows and was asked to install whatever tools I need to get the work done. For the record, you cannot install Visual Studio because you need Windows Service Pack 1 which requires a licensed copy of Windows. I brought this up to the lead whom I'm supposed to report to but he told me that "it's not my problem" and "I don't know".
- - The assignment I was given was expected to finish by beginning of July. That was barely a month. The assignment barely began. There was nobody to consult at all, so I turned to the best programming friend I could ask at that time, he said "6 months also not enough".
- - Travel allowance is not provided even though you're required to travel to site everyday, sometimes even twice a day.
- My advice to anyone interviewing for such companies in the future. Be very suspicious if the CEO offers you the job without much consideration. It is obvious that the assignment requires a person with at least 4-5 years of experience, and not someone fresh out of university. My suspicions why they didn't hire someone much experienced was because their pay was very low. The mistake I clearly made was I put too much trust in the interviewer, without probing more questions out of him regarding the role and the job responsibilities. I was also naive at that time, and was desperate to take up any offer that comes my way.
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