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Interviewing with Fi: Building for the Future ft. Mounish

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Interviewing with Fi: Building for the Future ft. Mounish

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“Working on Fi’s tech stack is like building for the future from day one itself.” These are not our words. They were uttered, under no persuasion, in response to the question, ‘How’s working with Fi been so far?’.  

In the ‘Why Fi’ series, we try to get into the minds of our new joinees to understand why they chose Fi and what their experience has been like so far with a simple question - Why Fi? 

We spoke to Mounish Sai, a software developer with Fi’s backend engineering team. One thing you should know about him before we begin is that he’s one of the most collaborative Fi-ans we have on board. You can usually find him flitting about the office, sharing the latest trending memes with our social media team and providing constructive feedback and suggestions to the product team.

If that sounds like you, we’d love to have a chat. We’re hiring across a range of tech roles.  

No restrictions, only growth

Let’s dive right in and see what Mounish had to say when we asked him, why Fi? “To begin with, I was interested in working with startups. Fi is an early-stage startup and I see a lot of scope for growth.” This is true not just for the organisation but for personal and career growth as well.  

“One thing I already love about working at Fi is that you are not restricted to anything specific. Someone from the tech team can give feedback and take initiative on the product and vice versa,” he said. We’re glad he brought that up because we firmly believe that Fi’s innovation lies in different skill sets working together towards a common goal.

From product design to data analytics, all our war rooms, stand-up and ‘quick discussions’ are open for anyone to learn, chime in, be heard and take initiative.

Learning from the best

But simply being a startup isn’t enough to sway anyone. “The other reason I chose Fi is the leadership team. Fi’s founding team were the people who founded and built Google Pay,” he added. Each and every Fian brings wisdom and expertise across finance and tech to marketing and design, all of which gets distilled into one innovative product.

“The entire team is made of high-calibre people. I get to learn a lot from a very diverse group and there is so much to explore.” We encourage people to learn from each other because after all, if you’re surrounded by some of the best people in the industry, why not take advantage of it?

From previous talks with new joinees for ‘Why Fi’, we've heard that Fians are always happy to help and give you their precious time.

Mounish pretending to take a break at the Game Hub

Building for scale

Those are all great points, but what sealed the deal? “I spoke to multiple people at Fi and all I got was positive feedback, including about Fi’s compensation. That’s why I chose Fi over the other offers I had at the time.”  

As it turns out, this proved to be the right decision for Mounish. Here’s what he had to say after a couple of weeks at Fi, “Even though Fi is just a three-year old company, its quality of code and engineering is highly matured. We are building for scale so that later, we don’t have to go back and redo everything”.  

We’re glad to hear only good things, so far. But before we leave, one last thing.

Coding on edge

We put a lot of effort into our interview process. Typically, we have two rounds on data structures and algorithms for backend engineers. We know it is rigorous and that’s why we proactively try to help potential Fians the best we can. The interviews clearly went well for Mounish, but what did you think of the process?

“I liked that it’s not just about coding. Apart from running the code, you are also asked to test for edge cases. The objective is not to cover all edge cases, it’s about making you think of all possible edge cases and where the code could fail. The interviewers even nudge you in the right direction and help you along the way when required.”

The idea is that in a real-life situation, inputs will not always be what you expect and your code should be able to handle a large variety of inputs to cover as many edge cases as possible.

If all of this sounds exciting to you, come help us build Fi, check out our open roles here.

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