The Application Process
My journey towards working with Ona was a systematic. It began with wise counsel from a former lecturer. His advice was quite simple: “If you trust your programming skills, you can apply for the jobs at Ona. Female candidates are encouraged to apply”. It was both thrilling and unnerving considering the global promotion of gender equality.
Take it or Leave it!
After much deliberation, I decided to take up the challenge. I sent my application with the required information and crossed my fingers hoping HR would take notice it. Fortunately, I got a response from the Peter, the CTO, to set up a time meet. That was a cause to celebrate! Count yourself lucky when you are invited for an interview before you finish your final undergraduate exams lest you get into the job of “looking for a job” when you are done with campus. The interview was conducted and then there was the “real interview” — software tests. This is a task that separates the men from the boys (well, in this case women from girls :)). It may not be as hard as it sounds, but it is the main gateway to working with Ona as a developer. I had 4 days to write a clean, logical code snippet that achieved a task! The final step of the application process involved a thorough code review with a group panel. They liked my thought process and code structure and I managed to join the team as an intern. The rest is history.