"I don’t know if Charlie’s silence here today is right or wrong; I’m not a judge or jury. But I can tell you this: He won’t sell anybody out to buy his future. And that, my friends, is called integrity. That’s called courage. Now that’s the
stuff leaders should be made of." - Al Pacino, Scent of a Woman.
The assessment process includes the following stages:
1. Pre-Assessment: That's when your application begins. You need to make sure that you send your CV and cover letter to the right inbox, that your CV is in English, that you actually include a cover letter, no matter how brief it may be, and that your CV is not longer than two pages. Pay attention to your CV; try not to make obvious spelling, grammar or punctuation errors, do not use plagiarised or boilerplate content. It's only a couple of pages so put some effort in it! Oh, and make sure to include somewhere in your cover letter the answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything.
Besides the presentation of your CV, the actual content obviously matters too, so make sure to include all your relevant achievements here, including degrees, FOSS projects, programming languages, operating systems, work experience, and any
offbeat interests you may have.
2. Interview: If you get past our initial screening, we'll invite you to an interview! The interview will be conducted in English on Zoom in audio-only mode and is expected to take approximately 45 mins. During the interview, we'll
ask you to tell us about the following:
I. Your interests: What do you like doing when you are NOT in front of a screen? Perhaps you are into martial arts, or music (either player or listener)? Are you into chess? Politics? Philosophy? History? Performance Art? Theatre? Animal Rights? Languages? Astronomy? Ritual Ambient? Dancing? Snake Charming?? How did you get into it?
What is it that you like about it? How much and what kind of work do you put into it? Do you have any specific goals? What is the community around it like?
II. Your working knowledge on Computer Science: What are your studies/work like? What are your favourite topics in Computer Science? What are your favourite Operating systems, why is that? Have you managed to install KolibriOS on a Raspberry Pi? (no you haven't). How about math? How about programming languages?
III. Your connection to Information Security: What is your current involvment with Infosec, and how did you get interested in it in the first place? What are your favoure topics in Infosec? Perhaps you have some infosec heroes? Who are they and why? What's the deal with all these DeFis anyway? In your view, what does it mean to be a "hacker"? Do you have any thoughts on wikileaks? Do you follow infosec developments, how? Ultimately, why would you like to work in infosec?
Here's a little hint: One of the key questions we are trying to answer via this assessment is your motivation to work in "Cyber" (sic). We don't have all the right answers, but we do know what are some wrong answers.
IV. A short, real-time test: We won't tell you much about this part as the point here it to see how you respond to a challenge in, well, real time.
Keep in mind that throughout the interview we'll be assessing your communication skills, i.e whether you can communicate well in English. Besides being able to actually speak the language, you should be careful not to talk too quickly or mumble, and try to clean up your accent if it is particularly thick to the point of potentially being incomprehensible. You should also make sure that you are on a reliable internet connection, in a quiet room, and not in motion.
3. Post-Interview: If you get past the interview, we'll ask you for one final deliverable: A short, open-ended opinion piece to be delivered on a fairly tight deadline.
At this point, if all goes well, you get Greenbridge's seal of approval! From this point onwards you have our word that we'll do whatever is in our power to help you become an accomplished INFOSEC PROFESSIONAL GEEK! Even if we are not able to match you with an employer right away, we are committed to supporting you and helping you out. We'll also invite you to all of our tomorrow's parties, when this nasty pandemic has passed.
It is also important to note that even if you fail the interview or the post-interview test, we'll do our best to give you feedback on where things went wrong and what (we think) you should work on. Don't give up! Go back, recalibrate, study
and re-apply in six months! We are not going anywhere. We want you to succeed.