Graduate Day – growing our development team

Growing our development team is incredibly important – as we drive forward and deliver more cool features into Xero we’re always on the lookout for talented, enthusiastic people to join us for the ride.

That’s why we opened our doors last week to 14 fresh-faced tech students for our annual Grad Day. These days are awesome for everyone involved. We get to snag much-needed talent before they graduate, and the students get a close-up view of what life at Xero is really like.

Students were put through their paces in a variety of tasks. Naturally, we tested coding abilities (both writing and reviewing), but we also wanted to find out whether they could listen, hold a conversation, laugh at themselves, work with others and deal with a bit of stress – all skills a great developer needs to master (note: while not a prerequisite, the ability to play ping-pong was also looked upon favorably).

Like last year, we rolled out the old “build a bridge with junk” game. However, unlike last year, all the cars made it across! Extra points were given to creative construction techniques, such as paper-clip reinforced marshmallow pillars. Nice.

The hardest part of the day was, of course, choosing who to bring on board – with so much talent it wasn’t easy. But congratulations to the next generation of Xero product team members. We’re looking forward to working with you and giving you all some ping-pong lessons.

Of course, we’re still not done building the team. We’ve got lots of roles (dev and otherwise) available all over the world. Have a look at xero.com/careers.

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