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Guest Blog Post: Mike Hogg, Zuhlke

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Mike Hogg is the Embedded and Mobile Systems Business Unit Lead at Zuhlke Engineering.  He shares some of his experiences and advice on the recruitment at Zuhlke.

If you are interested in working for Zuhlke, then come and visit them at this year’s Engineering, Science and Technology Fair, on Wednesday 8th October in the Great Hall.

Zuhlke will hold between 2-4 three month summer internships or industrial placements for undergraduate and Master’s students in 2014/15 and between 2-4 graduate positions in 2015. The closing date for applications is 1st February 2015. 

 

How long have you been working in this role?

Three years.

 

Talk us through a typical day in your role. What time do you get to work / leave the office and which activities are you usually involved in?

I typically work from 9am until 6.30pm each day, mostly in our central London office but quite often out visiting customers or potential customers in and around London. On a particular day I might attend the daily scrum meets that all our projects run to see how things are going, then head out to meet with customers to understand their needs, before heading back to put together technical proposals explaining how we can help. I also get to define architectures and develop software from time to time, but not as much as the rest of my team!

 

What is the best part of your job?

Leading a talented team of software developers, and working with a wide variety of customers with different products, technologies and problems to solve.

 

What is the biggest challenge of the job?

I need to stay abreast of the latest technologies and trends that might be valuable to our customers; luckily I and my team have allocated training time and budget for this.

 

Why do you come to careers events on campus?

To find promising software engineers looking for interesting roles.

 

How can a candidate really impress you at a campus event?

The best candidates have a number of personal software projects under their belt and are keen to learn more.

 

What is the most common mistake you see candidates making throughout the selection and recruitment process?

Not as well prepared as they could be to talk about their experience and knowledge.

 

What are the attributes you look for in a student/graduate that are particularly suited to your organisation?

We’re looking for people who are highly technically adept and who are keen to work closely with customers solving real technical challenges.

 

What advice would you give to anyone thinking of joining your organisation?

Come and talk to us at the fair, we’d love to hear about what you’ve done and answer your questions on what we do.

 

How can a student connect with you / your organisation?

Our HR Coordinator Julia Volland is first point of contact for any question regarding career opportunities at Zuhlke. She will process applications and set-up interviews. Her contact address is: Julia.Volland@zuhlke.com. If you’d like to apply for our graduate recruitment scheme or for an internship please visit our career site on http://www.zuehlke.com/en/the-company/jobs/vacancies.html and process your application online.