Posted April 25, 2017 | Industry Interviews, Recruitment Industry, Technology Industry | No Comments »

[Interview] Tapping Into our Electronics Market

We’re talking to Ashleigh Collins, one of our newer recruitment consultants who is responsible for the electronics market, to find out a bit more about her, what the market is like out there and what advice she can give to both candidates and clients. Let’s find out what she has to say…

Hi, Ashleigh! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Hello! I’m a Recruitment Consultant working within the electronics department at Enigma. Ashleigh Recruiter
I love cooking, holidays, writing and pub quizzes. My greatest love is my dog, Basil. He is just the cutest little guy! When I’m not working, I love chilling out with my husband and taking Basil on walks and pub crawls.

So, we already know you are a Recruitment Consultant working within the electronics market here at Enigma, can you tell us a bit more about what that actually means? 

“Of course! I work with both electronics clients and candidates – looking to place the right people into the right roles. I predominantly specialise in software and firmware vacancies. Essentially, I’m helping to fill the gaps in software and firmware teams of our clients. My day-to-day usually involves keeping in touch with both my clients and candidates, among other tasks. Communication is central to what I do so it’s really important to make sure you keep everyone up to date as things progress. The role itself can be quite varied role but it keeps me on my toes – which is good!”

What is the electronics market like at the moment, for both candidates and clients?

“The market is very candidate-driven right now; there are a wealth of roles with fewer candidates to fill them. For candidates, I’d say that this is the time to find the role they really want – something that suits them. Looking at the client side of the market; it’s a time of innovation, lots of new technology is flooding the market and with this comes a whole load of new opportunities. Our clients are seeking big talent to help them drive forward in the industry; and as innovation is increasing, some niche job specifications are asking for skills and experience working with the most cutting-edge technologies. This does prove tricky sometimes because of the skills gap the industry is experiencing. In saying that though, that’s what makes my job interesting; trying to find the perfect person for the role. ”

What advice would you give to candidates?

“I think it’s essential for all candidates to be open-minded when looking for a new role. We’re here to find the perfect role for you and that’s what we’re trying to do – the more we can learn about you, your job preferences and experience then the easier it will be for us to find you what you want. I’d also say that candidates should really be committed to the process in order to find the absolute best roles that they can. Don’t be complacent, if you start to become complacent then, all in all, it makes it much more difficult for you in the long run. Communication does work both ways and keeping in touch and up-to-date with us is part of the process of finding a new role. One thing I say to all of my candidates is ‘be proud and don’t be afraid to boast about the projects you have worked on and completed.'”

What advice would you give to the technology companies out there looking to hire new talent?

“It’s not enough to just offer the job anymore. In the current market, candidates are often sitting with three or four job offers so the whole process is very time sensitive. You have to move quickly and make an effort to impress the candidates. As I’ve said before, it’s a two-way process; equally, clients have to impress their candidates as much as candidates have to impress the client. Again, I would stress the importance of communication. The quicker we can receive feedback, discuss offers and feedback to our candidates – the quicker our client’s problems will be solved. At the end of the day, we constantly strive to make placements which both our candidates and clients are totally happy with and that, is our main goal.”

Can you tell us about some of your top vacancies right now?

Principal C# Software Engineer – This contract role comes from one of the industry’s leading companies. My client is an optical giant and is working on groundbreaking technologies specifically for medical devices. They’re looking for someone who is talented and driven to be part of their team of innovators and inventors that produce products that will both change, and save, lives.

Embedded Software Engineer – I’m looking for ambitious software engineers to join my client’s expanding team. My client, based in Ringwood, is working on Wireless Well Systems, something which will involve the full software life cycle, including creating high level and detailed designs, developing firmware components, and subsequent integration activities. This is a great opportunity for a talented individual to take the next step in their career.

Senior Software Engineer – This is another contract role which comes from one of the industry’s leading companies. My client is an optical giant and is working on groundbreaking technologies specifically for medical devices. During this role, you will apply sound programming principles and Agile practices to specify, design, develop and test new software features of a system as part of a multi-disciplinary software team. You will also be responsible for maintaining existing software through bug fixes and major enhancements. This is a rare opportunity to join a well-established, highly successful and rapidly growing company.”

 


Think you could be right for one of these roles or want to discuss how we can help you source the best candidates for your business? You can get in touch with Ashleigh directly via email ashleigh@enigmapeople.com or give her a call on 0141 332 4422.

Take a look at all of our electronics vacancies here.


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Posted April 21, 2017 | Technology Industry, Technology News Roundup | No Comments »

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Posted April 18, 2017 | Career Advice | 1 Comment »

The Enigma Guide: Technical Interviews

Many of our candidates will be asked to undergo a technical interview which means we receive a lot of requests asking for advice when it comes to what to expect and how to tackle the interview. As technical interviews are usually part of the process for the majority of our candidates, we thought it would be a great idea to provide you with our essential tips for technical interviews:

  • BE HONEST ON YOUR CV

Technical tests and interviews are an assessment of skills and abilities you have stated on your CV. It is essential that your CV reflects your true capabilities, as this is very often the basis for the technical test which an employer will set for you. By being dishonest on your CV, you set inaccurate expectations of your skills from the employer, making you look worse off. If you have listed a skill on your CV, be prepared to talk about this experience in a technical interview.

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  • PREPARATION IS KEY

The recruitment process for many of our technology clients can consist of two or three stages, one of which is an online technical test. Correct preparation for this test can help you pass with flying colours, so take the following steps before your test:

    • Ensure you are in a quiet, distraction-free place
    • Ensure you have a strong and reliable internet connection
    • Allocate enough time to complete your test
    • Ensure you have everything you need to hand – any books or resources you may require
    • Have a cup of tea, coffee or water and relax
  • USE THE JOB SPEC AS A GUIDE TO TEST/INTERVIEW CONTENT

Employers will very often use the job specification which you applied to, to structure their technical interviews and tests. If the job spec stresses a particular set of skills this will be the focus of the technical questions. If there are certain skills listed as desired but not necessary, but you have it on your CV, again be prepared to be asked about it.

  • PERSONAL PROJECTS

Clients love to see a candidate who is passionate about what they do – outside of work! If you develop personal games/ websites/ apps – bring examples of these to your interview. If you’re applying for a role which requires content creation bring in examples of your personal blogs and articles to show off your creative skills!

As Techcrunch would say: ‘There is no excuse for software developers who don’t have a site, app, or service they can point to and say, “I did this, all by myself!” in a world where it costs all of $25 to register as an Android developer and publish an app on the Android Market.’

  • BE WILLING TO LEARN

Technology businesses, especially those which are smaller and more agile, can offer candidates experience across many disciplines. The best candidates are those who are willing to explore, learn, help others and collaborate on projects which could offer them more than they interviewed for! Be sure to give genuine examples of working across teams, and remember to ask for opportunities to do so in the role you are interviewing for.

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  • CLOTHING CULTURE

One of the most common questions we get asked is what to wear to an interview for a technology company.  The culture at many digital, software and electronics companies does tend to be more relaxed and this is reflected in what they wear. Going for an interview at one of these companies you want to look professional yet look and feel as though you fit into the culture. Here is our advice:-

  • Look at their company website/blog to get a feel for what to wear.
  • Smart/casual is key.
  • Casual does not equal dirty. Always wear clean shoes, t-shirt and jeans.
  • Above all, be comfortable. You are being hired for your technical skill;  not your ability to pick out matching shirts and shoes.

 

Not quite at the interview stage yet? Read our guide to CV writing and Cover Letters! If you have any other questions on technical tests, interviews or working in technology drop us an email hello@enigmapeople.com.


Enigma People is an award-winning technology recruitment consultancy. Visit our job search page for the latest vacancies in digital, electronics and software in Scotland. Get in touch at hello@enigmapeople.com to discuss how we can help you find the right candidates for your business.

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