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Hiring Software Engineers in Norway - featuring Pexip

Bradley Wilkins

Nicklas Jensen, is a Software Engineer at Pexip, the Scandinavian video conferencing powerhouse. Pexip have made the interesting (and, to us, joyous) decision to give the responsibility of hiring to someone who is at the forefront of business technology. Brad Wilkins, Scandinavian Team Manager at Darwin speaks to Nicklas about what he looks for when hiring new team members.

Bradley: This year has been tough for everyone. What advice would you give, as an Engineer who is also in charge of hiring for software engineering roles, to anyone who’s considering changing jobs at the moment?

Nicklas: This is so this is funny because I actually get this question a lot now that I’ve informed my friends and family that I’m looking after recruitment. Especially in these times.

I think my main answer to that is to put some energy into it. I know that can be difficult when you have to apply for 50 tech jobs or even hundreds now because it’s so competitive, but put some energy into it, go that extra mile to make your CV look a little great. Go that extra mile. Right. Go that extra mile.

Make sure that the application is personalised to the business that you’re applying to. Try not to send a generic application to all.

For us, when we get an application from someone who doesn’t have a lot of experience but who took the time to write their application to what they think our values are, that’s an instant interview. It’s it really matters a lot that you take the time to (short and concisely, we’re not talking essays here) describe why you think that the company is a fit for you.

It’s also a matter of reflection, right? When you sit down and write that personalized application, what feeling does that leave you with? Are you writing it because you feel like you have to because it’s an open position, but, actually,  you’re just dragging yourself through it? Maybe you should look for a different position to apply for. Right?

And I speak from experience myself. When I had to find a job coming from Spain to Norway, I could have just done what a lot of people do, which is just to fire off a hundred applications. But, rather, I tried to find companies that would truly add value to my career.

Actually, it was you, Brad, that contacted me and found me a job at FedEx, at the time. I only said that because you presented it in a way that I related to. I wouldn’t have said yes to anything if I didn’t relate to it.

That energy comes through in an application, the feeling like you could actually belong in that company, even if it’s just text on paper, it comes through in the way you write. It comes through in the amount of detail and effort you put into it.

It might take longer. Yes. But it also will get you that interview or it will definitely increase your chances of getting to the interview stage.

Brad: I agree. I think we’ve all had those applications where you can tell it’s mass-generated,  or it only four lines with a name and a generic overview of what they’re looking for. But, like you said, I’d be more motivated to look at an application if there was reasoning and passion behind it.

We see this when we’re posting our jobs in Norway. I often get the same person applying to five or ten jobs that I’m advertising with a generic application. I think if you put that extra mile in and showcase why your skills, expertise, and passion suits that one particular role and the value that you alone can add, I think that’s definitely a powerful bit of advice.