Applying To Manchester Codes?

Manchester Codes
Mar 21, 2018 · 3 min read

Here’s what to expect & how to prepare for the interview process

Applying to Manchester Codes is easy, it starts with a simple form where we’ll ask for a few details about you, your current situation, and your motivation for starting the course (hint: we’re looking for your drive and enthusiasm to learn rather than for previous coding experience).

Once your application is approved we will send you an email to book your interview. This is essentially an informal chat with one of our tutors — an opportunity for us to get to know you better and for you to receive more information about the course, ask any questions or raise concerns you may have. We will also ask you to complete a short technical exercise.

Here are a few tips on how you can prepare:

1. Get Ready for Hard Work

One of the main reasons we want to meet you in person is to ensure you are prepared for the intensity of the course. Manchester Codes is designed to teach you a completely new skill-set and to become a job-ready junior developer in just 24 weeks. You are required to attend two 3-hour evening classes and put in 20 hours of coding outside of class per week. It’s a tough commitment, with most students balancing their studies alongside their full-time jobs, family-commitments and more, so make sure you come to interview with this in mind.

2. Learn Some JavaScript

We ask all applicants to complete chapters 1 to 7 of Codecademy’s Introduction to JavaScript course prior to interview. The chapters will take you around 20 hours to complete, so will give you a good indication of the time-commitment of the course, and more importantly, if you enjoy coding!

At interview we will ask you to complete a short exercise based on what you’ve learnt in these chapters. Don’t be too nervous about this — we don’t expect everyone to know the answer straight away (if at all!), and our tutors will be there to guide you. We’re mainly looking for how you approach the problem and how you interact during the challenge. However, we can tell pretty quickly if you haven’t taken the time to complete the Codecademy work, so make sure you give yourself enough time to complete it before booking your interview.

3. Show Us Some Enthusiasm!

There are lots of free online resources at your disposal — Codecademy, codewars, CodinGame, freeCodeCamp, plus free events/workshops in Manchester including codebar & Code First: Girls.

While we’re not looking for previous coding experience, we love to meet people with a real enthusiasm for coding who are determined to take on a new challenge. Why not make the most of these resources and come to the interview prepared with evidence of what you’ve learnt so far?

4. Bring questions

This interview is as much about you as it is about us. We’re here to sell you the course so please bring any questions or concerns you might have and we will provide you with everything you need to know before you make your decision.

The biggest step is applying! We look forward to meeting you soon :-)

Please visit our website for more info or feel free to get in touch with any questions at team@mcr.codes. You can also read about what goes on in our classes here.