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Anonymer Bewerber im Vorstellungsgespräch in Garching b.München

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Ich habe mich online beworben. Der Vorgang dauerte 4 Wochen. Vorstellungsgespräch absolviert im Jan 2020 bei European Southern Observatory (Garching b.München)


I interviewed through their internal "skype" alike platform. They did sent me an invitation to go to their offices (Garching, Munich), but now, looking back, I'm very happy I didn't go, and suggested instead a remote interview for this process. The process took one month, Firstly I applied and then got a remote interview a month later, with a panel of 4 interviewers (HR + technical). Before this interview you have to answer three questions (in video, or any other format you deem presentable). Then, before the actual interview you are asked to write your answers regarding a specific set of technical questions (I will post them on the next section) and then have an 1h30 interview with the panel of interviewers. The questions seemed in general ok, but they were too focused on trying to find a solution to a specific problem that they have internally, more in the sense of a lack of internal communication between teams, which I found very strange. Additionally, and to further make things bad, the actual group leader for the position in question was not in the panel of interviewers (very bad, in my opinion) and I ended up not being able to ask proper questions related to the job resposibilities, project, or any other technical matters. They did say that I would eventually get back with him, but I haven't heard from anyone since. They even presented me their table of remunerations (which I will not disclose out of respect for them, although they don't deserve it), which is as the HR person said "set in stone". This means that you don't have that much leverage in negotiating it, but of course, this is mere speculation, as I did not have a chance to go over to the next phase. All in all, a very shady process and to be honest, they seemed not very well prepared to properly conduct an interview process. After the interview ended,

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  • Soft Skill question: How did you manage to solve a specific problem in the past? With what means? Questions that you have to answer on e.g video format before the interview: 1) Why have you applied for this position? 2) What will you bring to this particular role? 3) What do you expect from this position? Then a set of technical questions sent to you by email (answer before the interview) 1.Explain when and why you would use multi-threading programming? 2. When you would use templates over inheritance? (C++) Please explain. 3. In your opinion What is the most important change in C++ in the last 10 years, explain why. 4. A process is having performance issues but you do not know where exactly the problem is. Which tools would you use to diagnose the problems and how? Please start with basic system tools expected on any system first and with the possibility to add more advanced tools second. 5. Give a code example of a ranged for statement in C++. 6. What is the difference between Abstract and Interface classes (C++)? 7. How you would implement the error handing for a function controlling a piece of hardware? You can write the pseudo code if needed. (C++) 8. What is difference between C++ shared_ptr and unique_ptr. When would you use each of them. 9. What is C++ uniform initialization, please give a couple of code examples. 10. What is a python decorator and when you would use it. 11. Explain what is a python lambda function and give a code example. 12. What would be your criteria to decide when to implement a tool in C++ or Python
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Anonymer Mitarbeiter in Santiago

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Ich habe mich online beworben. Der Vorgang dauerte 3 Monate. Vorstellungsgespräch absolviert bei European Southern Observatory (Santiago)


A very kind interview at the ESO office in Santiago, questions about my experience. Visiting the working place, the Observatory in the desert, meeting the Software team. Written examination of my knowledge of computer programming.

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