How did you end up at Arxus 6 months ago?
Maarten: "Actually that was by pure coincidence! I have met Mutlu (Teamlead First Contact Team) through an online gaming chatroom. He mentioned that Arxus was looking for a developer. I didn’t hesitated, send him my resume and went for a chat."
How did your application procedure go?
Maarten: "Very good actually. During my first interview with Erlend (Managing Partner) and Hendrik (Dev Teamlead) the conversation was mainly focused on my technical skills and ambitions. I was very pleased that Hendrik joined from the beginning because I knew immediately who was going to guide me and with whom I started working closely together. During my second interview I spoke with Tom, who explained me the culture and atmosphere of Arxus."
How did your first days go?
Maarten: "I have to admit that for starters, I was a little bit shy. I was afraid that I, as a graduate, did not have the right amount of experience and would not be able to live up to the high expectations. That fear was unnecessary. The more colleagues I met, the more I felt like home. During the first months, I also did a lot of self-study, to expand my knowledge and strengthen my skills. This always under the guidance of the team."
How do you experience the guidance by the team?
Maarten: "I quickly learned that I must dare to ask questions. When I ask for advice, I never feel like I am saying stupid things, which is very valuable for a quick learning process. In a short amount of time, I feel like I have learned a lot. I am not yet at the level where I want to be, but I dare to say that I have much more confidence in my abilities and skills. Learning is a non-stop process and Arxus offers every opportunity for a nice growth trajectory and I know that I can grow from junior to expert within my field."
Therefore, we can say that Arxus as an employee works out fine for you?
Maarten: "Yes, the team is awesome, Erlend is a great manager, the events are fun, … In all honesty, every day I am going to work with a smile. Although I also have days that things do not go that smoothly, I can always count on the support and understanding of the team. That is very satisfying."
How do you see the following 6 months in equation with the last 6 months?
Maarten: "The first 6 months I was strongly involved in the projects of my team members. A lot of consideration was given to what I already could and where I still had to grow. From the start I got challenging and varied tasks so I could learn as much as possible. These separate tasks were super instructive. But from now on, I am going to get responsibility of a full feature. This is very exciting because I get the chance to prove myself. I know this is going to work out just fine, because I receive the full support of my colleagues."