How an international student landed an internship at Cisco

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Tell us your story, what did you do before finding this job?

My name is Arnaud Babol, I am a student at ISEN, an engineering school in France. During my studies, I had the opportunity to make an internship in London at Geckoboard and I am currently doing an internship at OVH.

I have always enjoyed experimenting with new technologies, building products and I have always thinked that it would be wonderful if at the end of my studies, I could find a job which match these criteria.

I have found this job, thanks to TechMeAbroad.

 

Were you actively looking for a job abroad? If so, what countries were you targeting?

About 10 years ago, I went to San Francisco for a vacation. Since then, I’ve been dreaming to go work there, but I did not know where to start.

 

How long did it take you to find this opportunity on TechMeAbroad?

One night, I was looking at TechMeAbroad and saw an awesome position at Cisco Emerge. I applied and BOOM! One day later, I was receiving an email from the recruiter!

 

How hard was the interview process?

It was pretty straightforward. First I had to fill a personality test, that was fun. Once this was done, we scheduled an interview with the recruiter for the next day. The person asked me about my past and my current projects, how I am keeping up to date with technologies and we had discussions about why a specific system or framework would or would not be suitable for a given issue/project.

She also gave me more information about the job, what kind of products they are building and it was done! I was officially hired!

I liked the fact that the recruiter was mostly interested about me and how I would work with them rather than about only focusing on technical question such as Depth-First Search algorithm or a custom A* algorithm.

 

Do you feel the level is above the one in France?

They are probably more demanding than most companies in France about your technical skills ; but if you are passionate about what you are doing, and if they can feel it, you will probably get hired.

In my case, it was absolutely a pleasure to get through the interview process, I felt really respected, it was really different from the classic interview: “Here is a problem, you have 2 hours to solve it”.

 

What advice would you give to other jobseekers willing to move abroad?

Never stop learning! Never stop being curious! Always try to build something, even if it’s a small and possibly meaningless project, you will learn a lot by building a product, whether it’s a good or a bad one!

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Sylvain Kalache

TechMeAbroad co-founder