Inception of a ThoughtWorker
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Sana Singh
Inception of a ThoughtWorker
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It’s been a little over six months since I joined ThoughtWorks as a recruiter. ThoughtWorks has a dauntingly different culture. When I first came in here, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to mingle and adjust – I mean this in a positive way.

Throughout my interview process, I remember being nervous and almost obsessively scouring the internet to find the one key piece of content that would win me the job. However, I could only find information about coding rounds, technical interviews and everything else to do with hiring developers. Figures, they are a software development consultancy afterall.  As it turns out, just being myself worked out and here I am at ThoughtWorks.

There is a perception that ThoughtWorks is among the toughest companies to get into. Being a part of the recruiting team, I now understand that we’re probably more selective than we are “tough”. To help demystify the ThoughtWorks interview process, let me tell you that our recruiting process follows a philosophy of “show, not tell”. While there’s enough information on the Internet on how to crack a ThoughtWorks interview, what we really look for is originality and the ability to work through your solutions in a collaborative fashion.

It’s not uncommon to meet at least 10 ThoughtWorkers as part of the interview process before you are made an offer. It’s easy to assume that we care only for the results of the technical rounds. However, there’s a method to our madness. We really prize our culture and each round of the interview process is a reflection of that.

Speaking of culture,  you’ll notice that we’re not your average IT consulting company. Before you come and meet us, you will have hopefully taken enough time to learn about us. Working at ThoughtWorks is usually is a conscious decision – a lifestyle choice as such. ThoughtWorkers take a keen interest in the company’s business and we’re fanatical about transparency. We’re as flat as flat gets when it comes to hierarchy in the organisation. This shows up even in the open design of our offices where you might well find yourself sitting beside a CxO or an MD. The company cares deeply about advocating for social justice and ThoughtWorkers are never shy of sharing their views about social issues. Feedback  is an essential part of our culture – expect regular feedback exchanges with other ThoughtWorkers.  So, by the end of our interview process you’ll probably know if you’re ready for this culture and we’ll know if we’re ready for you.

At the end of the day we’re looking for a passion for technology and a healthy dose of irreverence for the status quo. When you make it through the interview process, you’ll know it’s because you’re a fit for our culture.  If not, it’s not the end of the road. There’s always a second chance and either way, we’ll exchange feedback with you. And sometimes, you may decide you don’t like us – that’s okay too!

ThoughtWorks has a really aspirational goal to build a model for the 21st century humane corporation. It shouldn’t be easy to become a ThoughtWorker. So we put a lot of thought into every hire we make at the company. By the time you finish with our interview process though, you’ll realise that it’s not as “difficult” as it was made out to be.


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