FAQs

About DCA

Q: What kind of projects do the developers work on in each division?

A: Each division works on full-cycle projects and teams often collaborate with teams in other divisions. Read more about the specific projects our different departments are working on by referring to the products and solutions sections on our website. Project assignments are determined close to start date, using your input on what you’d like to work on along with the needs of the different development projects.  Our interview process evaluates your core software engineering skills: coding, algorithm development, data structures, design patterns, analytical thinking skills.  If you are a strong developer, you can potentially work on a number of different DCA Development projects.

Q: How many employees does DCA have in total?

A: Please take a look at the Employment History for information about recent positions filled at DCA and the current staff numbers.

Q: How long has DCA been in business?

A: DCA first commenced operations in 1993. DCA Milestones provide a brief outline of DCA’s history.

Q: How many sites does DCA operate out of and how many staff in each site?

A: DCA’s head office is located in Melbourne. DCA also has an office in Sydney and Gold Coast and a presence in Bangkok and Boston.

Choosing a role

Q: If I’m a good Developer, can I apply for a Product Manager role, too?

A: Our Product Managers are very technical, and have years of software engineering and coding experience. If you are interested in both roles and also have a passion for forward thinking product development, we welcome you to speak with the Hiring Manager or HR about the role that fits you the best.

Q: What is the career progression like at DCA?

A: DCA takes an innovative approach to career progression, putting career development in the hands of the individual. That said, we do have Managers, structured review processes, and offer educational resources and other opportunities for you to shape your future. It’s a place where you can get the guidance you want, and avoid the hierarchical structure that you don’t need in order to do your job well.

Interview specific questions

Q: How long will the process take?

A: It varies depending on the role and the office. We can’t promise you an offer next week but if you have a competing offer and need to make a quick decision, please let the Hiring Manager or HR know and they will do what they can to make sure you have the information you need in order to make a decision.

Q: What can I expect from a phone interview with DCA?

A: Phone interviews are often conducted to clarify information from your resume and to determine specific information against the Key Selection Criteria for the role. Be concise and specific with your responses and don’t go on for too long with any answer as this may leave a negative impression with the interviewer on the other end of the phone

Q: What can I do to prepare for my interview?

A: Visit sections of the DCA corporate website to learn more about DCA and get familiar with our products and solutions. Review the Position Description closely as most of the interview questions will be related to this document. Explore problem solving questions to get your mind ready for the exercise. It is important for you to think out loud during the interview, so, if you’re not used to it, practice thinking out loud. Relax, get a good night’s sleep and arrive on time!

Q: What format do technical interviews take?

A: After passing DCA’s ‘technical test’, you will meet Developers with different backgrounds and levels of experience who will assess your technical and general business capabilities for the role.

Q: How long will the interview take?

A: Individual interviews usually take between 30 minutes to an hour and you will typically be invited back for a second and final interview if all goes well in the first interview.

Q: I know someone at the office – can I have lunch with him while I’m there?

A: That’s a great idea – let your Hiring Manager or HR know who it is and if he or she is available, we will set it up for you.

Q: What will happen next after the interview?

A: Your Hiring Manager or HR will follow up with you and explain the next steps.

Q: When can I expect to hear an outcome after an interview?

A: Once you’ve had initial contact, your Hiring Manager or HR will be in constant contact with you. If you have not heard from him or her in a few days, please feel free to initiate contact yourself.

Q: If I’m successful, what project will I be working on?

A: For the majority of occasions, you will be advised what project you will be working on at 1st interview stage. Due to changing priorities with our clients these sometimes change at short notice but not very often. It’s essential to be flexible and adaptable, but rest assured we will consider your background, interests and skills when choosing your project and team. Your team will enable you to get up to speed and settle in.

Other miscellaneous questions

Q: Will I be expected to travel a lot?

A: The amount of travel is largely determined by your role in the company and by client demand. Please feel free to ask your Hiring Manager or HR about anticipated travel requirements for the specific role you are being interviewed for.

Q: How many people interview at DCA?

A: Our quality standard at DCA remains high and we are exceptionally thorough within our hiring process in order to continue to grow our vibrant and dynamic environment. We are constantly growing organically and by bringing new and fresh talent into the organisation, and we are keen to hire strong candidates who continue to improve our quality standard of products and service.

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