Bamba Diasonama Marvine
As a senior software developer based in South Africa, Marvine never thought he would be interested in relocating to Norway. However, the Norwegian-based SaaS company, Aize, presented an opportunity that he could not resist. Aize’s mission and vision focus on energy and technology, both of which Marvine has been drawn to as he views them as essential and inevitable needed resources in the world. So once he was contacted by FE’s embedded consultant, Kine, about the opportunity via LinkedIn, his interest was immediately piqued. Before long, relocation and a promise of new opportunities soon became at the forefront of Marvine’s decision-making process.
Senior Frontend Developer
The Early Stages of the Hiring Process
“Our first interaction was short and straightforward. She gave me a brief description of the position and then set up an online Zoom meeting the next week so that we could get better acquainted via a quick virtual face-to-face interview.”
Marvine had a total of four interviews. The first one with Kine was meant to provide a clear overview of the position and its expectations. For example, the fact that the selected candidate would be required to relocate to Norway, or that Aize would like to have all employees back to the office with an option to work from home from time to time.
The first interview went great, and Kine quickly set up a second online interview between the Head of Engineering, Knut Gjertsen, and Marvine. This second interview with Knut involved a live online coding challenge.
Marvine was hired as a Senior Frontend Developer at Aize in the Spring of 2021. He mostly works with NodeJS and PHP as backend stacks and front-end and mobile stacks using Angular, React, React Native, and Flutter. He also has experience in DevOps CI/CD using Bitbucket/GitLab pipelines and Github actions to deploy to different environments such as Azure Web Apps, AWS EC2, and Heroku.
Throughout the Process
“When Kine told me I will be doing a live coding challenge with the Head of Engineering, I was a bit nervous as I have never done this in an interview before. During the challenge, however, Knut made me feel extremely comfortable, which boosted my confidence. He also gave me plenty of time to process the requirements and solve the challenge,” said Marvine
After completing the challenge, Marvine received a technical case to complete prior to moving on to the technical interview.
“I really appreciated that Knut gave me the freedom to choose a convenient time to complete the case. This flexibility was particularly important since I was going through the recruitment process during the Easter holidays."
Once Marvine completed the case, he was invited to a third interview where he would have the chance to explain his coding solutions to his future teammates.
“The third interview with Fredrik and Talha was amazing, I really enjoyed discussing technology stacks with the guys. We were having such a great time talking that I ended up not even having enough time to go through the whole codebase.”
The Final Offer
After the third interview, Marvine was set to have a fourth and final interview with Leigh Nichols, the Head of Human Resources at Aize.
“Leigh was amazing and very kind. I enjoyed opening up to her about the challenges I might face while relocating," said Marvine. "To help ease my concern, Leigh made clearly outlined the benefits of working at Aize, and even introduced me to Kari Christine Kvale who is originally from South Africa. This helped me a lot when it came to managing what I can expect when I arrive in Norway.”
Although relocation can be simultaneously exciting and worrying, Marvine is looking forward to his move, as he feels working at Aize will further develop his skill set and experiences. It also helps that the recruitment process was inclusive and welcoming, both of which ease the transition that relocation entails.
When reflecting on his experience, Marvine recalls, "the whole interview process with Aize and FE was fantastic. Not once did I feel like an outsider, and I could easily get a feeling for the company’s culture through its employees. I am truly grateful for this opportunity and I cannot wait to see what Norway holds for me.”
Our screening was great and Bamba struck me as an approachable, nice, and intelligent guy who had the qualifications we were looking for in this position. We are so excited that he chose Aize and decided to take on the challenge of moving to a new country!
The Recruiter's Perspective
The main challenge for this position was that there is a tough and limited market for high-quality front-end developers who are already located in Norway. After weeks of slow tracking, we got the thumbs up from Aize to recruit from a global talent pool. This was a game-changer for us, however, we suddenly sat with a very broad scope - hiring from the whole world, where do we start?
After research and consideration, we decided to hone in and target South Africa. Shortly after, we came across Bamba.