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Lidiia Meleshchenko
in “ Working environment“, 
September 11, 2020.

On the phone with Spiria

You sent us your resume and it inspires us? Lidiia explains what happens next, including Spiria’s first call.

First comes an email with an invitation.

Shortly after you successfully submit your resume and cover letter (see our recipe for a tasty IT resume), you should receive a system-generated acknowledgment of the receipt of your application. Within 2 to 3 business days, our recruiting team will study your resume and, if your skills match our needs, we’ll send you an email invitation to a phone call. We won’t call you without your express consent, so please monitor your spam folder in case our invitation lands there.

Then, you choose the time and day of our call.

After you receive our phone invitation, review the job posting you applied for and the CV you submitted, to make sure we’re all on the same page. While you’re at it, peruse Spiria’s website to gain a better understanding of our company, and check the location of our offices to make sure it meets your needs. Finally, give us the day and time that suit you best. Don’t be afraid to schedule a call during lunchtime, after your classes, or before or after work. Our recruiting team will do their best to accommodate you; we don’t want to cause any inconvenience or stress. And, of course, prepare your questions for us.

Finally, the talk.

Our phone interview questions are simple and straightforward.

We’ll ask you:

  • about your current employment status;
  • how you learnt about the position at Spiria;
  • why you’d like to work with us;
  • why you’re looking for a change, as the case may be;
  • about your experience and skills;
  • about your day-to-day life on the job;
  • about the technologies you know best;
  • and about the languages and technologies you’d like to learn in the future.

We might test your language skills and, if you’re bilingual, we might switch between French and English.

We’ll also ask you about your salary expectations. Don’t be afraid of this question; just do some research beforehand and give us a bracket you would feel comfortable with. Spiria also has its own brackets for each position within a salary grid comprised of salary bands. Each band has a corresponding salary range with a starting rate, several midpoints, and a maximum. This grid helps to ensure that all our employees are paid fairly based on their skills, their progress in their position, their colleagues, new hires and, of course, the Canadian market.

At the end of the call, we’ll ask you about your availability for an in-person interview, so check your schedule ahead of the call for the next few days. Of course, we’ll be more than happy to answer all your questions. Spiria’s phone interviews never last longer than 25-30 minutes. Our goal is to get to know you better and to introduce ourselves. Our Talent Acquisition team is genuinely interested in potentially hiring you, and will uphold your interests to hiring managers.

Decision time.

Usually, you’ll hear from us within a week. If you don’t receive an answer within that timeframe, don’t hesitate to send us a follow-up email. If our hiring managers are interested in you, our Talent Acquisition team will contact you to schedule an in-person or Zoom meeting. You’ll also receive a short, 10-minute personality test, as well as a technical test, which can take up to one hour to complete.

If you want to know about the next steps in Spiria’s hiring process, how to prepare for an interview and what tricks to expect from our hiring managers, stay tuned, follow Spiria, and we’ll tell you everything in our next posts.

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