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SSW gets a lot of interest from students or up and coming programmers wanting to participate in our work experience program. However, if not managed properly, and if we get the wrong sort of people in, instead of being an asset to the company and learning, they can end up unmotivated and taking up more time than they save.

For this reason, we use a system whereby we carefully screen work experience prospects and help them to develop through their time here by monitoring their progress.

Work Experience Screening

  1. Phone Screening
  2. Meeting
  3. Testing
  1. Phone Screening

    When we get the phone call from the interested person, we discuss some or all of the following:
    • Qualifications (i.e. get a copy of their CV)
    • Previous experience (i.e. references)
    • Past work examples (i.e. try to get hold of some previous work examples, old applications or websites, etc)
  2. Meeting

    Once the applicant has been deemed appropriate for the position, we get them in for a meeting with a project manager who will explain what will be expected of them in their time at SSW:
    • Ask them what they want from the experience
    • Let them know clearly what SSW expects from them
    • They should have some level of programming background
    • They need to be fairly autonomous and self motivated
  3. Testing

    After the candidate has been accepted, they will be coming in on a full time basis 9-6, 5 days a week, and will be given a number of training materials during their time here.

    Every 2 weeks, they will be asked to sit a test to monitor their progress and allow them to see how their knowledge is progressing.

    There will be 3 of these tests in total, and they will be on the following topics:

    • Databinding in ASP .NET
    • Databinding in Winforms
    • RegEx

    On top of this, each work experience candidate will be assigned a mentor from the china office who they can ask questions if needed and who will guide them through working with one of the internal product releases.


Ulysses Maclaren