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    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 16th Jul 14, 1:09 PM
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    iSoftStone
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    • 16th Jul 14, 1:09 PM
    iSoftStone 16th Jul 14 at 1:09 PM
    Anyone taking the iSoftStone exam this weekend?!

    I've just downloaded the guidelines, and am currently trying to summon the strength to start reading them..
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    • duckandcover
    • By duckandcover 16th Jul 14, 8:12 PM
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    • 16th Jul 14, 8:12 PM
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    A friend of mine applied for this and got the e-mail with full details this morning. She tried LF (which is what I do) but she was unsuccessful so applied for ISS. From the small snippets of info she's told me plus what I've seen about it online, it seems quite different to ones like Lf and LB. Good luck though, hope the learning goes well!
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 16th Jul 14, 8:47 PM
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    • 16th Jul 14, 8:47 PM
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    • 16th Jul 14, 8:47 PM
    A friend of mine applied for this and got the e-mail with full details this morning. She tried LF (which is what I do) but she was unsuccessful so applied for ISS. From the small snippets of info she's told me plus what I've seen about it online, it seems quite different to ones like Lf and LB. Good luck though, hope the learning goes well!
    Originally posted by duckandcover
    Thanks.

    For some reason, LF don't seem to have responded to any new applications for the last 1/2 months, including mine. And no idea what's going on there more generally, as the LF thread on here appears to have pretty much died over the same time period.

    Anyway, I managed to get through the reading of the iSS guidelines unscathed. And it looks like I now need to complete either all or most of the practice set by tomorrow. Despite the fact that I'm going to be out of the house for most of the day..

    Oh well. At least it's not the WSE at Appen role again, after all!
    • Maktina
    • By Maktina 17th Jul 14, 1:37 AM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 1:37 AM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 1:37 AM
    I already like the look of ISS. It is probably the same boring work through UHRS, but there are a few key points I noticed:

    * Flexibile hours, no restrictions on what time you work as with Appen.

    * It seems like their WSE requires a minimum of 10 hours work per week, up to a maximum of 25. Similar to the crowdsourcing contracts, but better pay!
    • rachelja
    • By rachelja 17th Jul 14, 11:27 AM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 11:27 AM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 11:27 AM
    Good luck with your applications, really good to hear there is another company out there. Keep us posted

    I'm with LF at the moment but am up for renewal at the start of Sept, so wondering if I'll hear by the middle of next month. I've had a couple of very quiet days with LF this week, but I don't log on continually and I have had a busy week with commitments outside work.
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    • oneflewover
    • By oneflewover 17th Jul 14, 6:09 PM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 6:09 PM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 6:09 PM
    as the LF thread on here appears to have pretty much died over the same time period.
    Originally posted by MallRat
    Nothing much to talk about really Work keeps chugging along at pretty much the same rate as usual. No big changes to the system or new guidelines or big disasters. Things as usual.

    Sorry to hear you guys didn't hear back.
  • 271906
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    • 17th Jul 14, 9:32 PM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 9:32 PM
    Sadly I haven't received an email with guidelines...

    Resent an email to them a couple of days ago because I'd heard nothing back.. wasn't replied to.
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 17th Jul 14, 10:16 PM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 10:16 PM
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    • 17th Jul 14, 10:16 PM
    Sadly I haven't received an email with guidelines...

    Resent an email to them a couple of days ago because I'd heard nothing back.. wasn't replied to.
    Originally posted by 271906
    I applied on 8/7, so it was 8 days later that I got sent the guidelines. Not sure if that would have anything to do with it or not?!

    As for the exam.. Received an email this morning saying that the practice set has been delayed (because they need to upload an updated one, apparently), so there was nothing to do for me today after all. Just hoping that that really is what the issue is. And not, you know, that the job doesn't actually exist after all or something..
    Last edited by MallRat; 18-07-2014 at 1:14 AM.
  • 271906
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    • 18th Jul 14, 12:32 AM
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    • 18th Jul 14, 12:32 AM
    Also applied at same time....

    so thinking maybe I've been overlooked for some reason. Double checked the email I sent with the NDA etc, and it looks as per the instructions...

    Did you digitally sign it? I didn't know how so filled it out by hand and scanned back... so now worried they maybe didn't like that/couldn't read it or something - but the guideline sheet did seem to indicate it was okay to submit by hand.
    • duckandcover
    • By duckandcover 18th Jul 14, 12:45 AM
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    I applied on 8/7, so it was 8 days later that I got sent the guidelines. Not sure if that would have anything to do with it or not?!

    As for the exam.. Received an email this morning saying that that the practice set has been delayed (because they need to upload a updated one, apparently), so there was nothing to do for me today after all. Just hoping that that really is what the issue is. And not, you know, that the job doesn't actually exist after all or something..
    Originally posted by MallRat
    I was speaking to my friend who also got this e-mail this morning, but it would make sense as she said she went on v early this morning to begin doing the tests and the questions it was asking (and more importantly the answers they gave) did not tally up to the guidelines. I.e. they would refer to completely incorrect example numbers or mention examples which didn't exist in the guideline. So it sounds like either the guidelines had been updated and the practice test hadn't been, or vice-versa.

    So at least it gives you guys more time!

    Also re: LF - I think the thread on here is currently inactive because, as oneflewover said, everything seems to be going smoothly! It sounds like they've slowed down/stopped taking on new raters or perhaps they do them in cycles, so it'll probably become more active when people start to get positive application responses.
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 18th Jul 14, 12:56 AM
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    Also applied at same time....

    so thinking maybe I've been overlooked for some reason. Double checked the email I sent with the NDA etc, and it looks as per the instructions...

    Did you digitally sign it? I didn't know how so filled it out by hand and scanned back... so now worried they maybe didn't like that/couldn't read it or something - but the guideline sheet did seem to indicate it was okay to submit by hand.
    Originally posted by 271906
    Yes, I digitally signed it. Was worried about having to do it at first, but it was pretty simple in the end. So, maybe ones that got scanned could take slightly longer to be processed for some reason?

    Anyway, we'll see how all this pans out over the next few days, I suppose..

    Has anyone actually got as far as taking the exam yet?
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 18th Jul 14, 1:12 AM
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    I was speaking to my friend who also got this e-mail this morning, but it would make sense as she said she went on v early this morning to begin doing the tests and the questions it was asking (and more importantly the answers they gave) did not tally up to the guidelines. I.e. they would refer to completely incorrect example numbers or mention examples which didn't exist in the guideline. So it sounds like either the guidelines had been updated and the practice test hadn't been, or vice-versa.

    So at least it gives you guys more time!
    Originally posted by duckandcover
    That's interesting to know. The guidelines did appear to have been put together VERY recently. But then I assumed the practice questions would've been as well, considering we seem to be pretty much the first batch of people taking the test..

    Oh, and for some weird reason, I've been thinking that today (or should I say yesterday) was Friday. And that Wednesday was Thursday, etc. (At least in terms of this qualification process, anyway. ) So hopefully they will be able to get it all sorted out before the weekend after all.
    • Maktina
    • By Maktina 18th Jul 14, 10:59 PM
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    ISS seems to be in the process of putting things together so it might take longer than usual to get things moving. Hiccups should be expected. I also didn't receive a reply after sending back the signed NDA.

    Still, being early days means that we're more likely to keep our jobs as we're first in the door...
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 18th Jul 14, 11:57 PM
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    So hopefully they will be able to get it all sorted out before the weekend after all.
    Originally posted by MallRat
    Or not.

    Am still waiting for them to give me the green light to proceed on to the practice test. Suppose I'm unlikely to hear anything until Monday morning at the earliest now, but of course will need to keep constantly checking my email anyway in case the unexpected happens. As you only get 3/4 days to complete the entire qualification process, I can't exactly risk losing out on any of that time.
  • 271906
    Still heard nothing... so assuming they don't want to proceed my application for some reason
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 21st Jul 14, 9:11 PM
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    Still heard nothing... so assuming they don't want to proceed my application for some reason
    Originally posted by 271906
    I don't think that's the problem.

    I was due to start working on the practice set on Thursday morning, only to find they'd emailed me to say do nothing yet until further notice. Am still waiting to hear from them again.
  • 271906
    Maybe.. just seems some people who applied at the same time have been sent guidelines etc, and I never received a reply to the NDA send-back.
    • MallRat
    • By MallRat 22nd Jul 14, 12:46 AM
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    Maybe.. just seems some people who applied at the same time have been sent guidelines etc, and I never received a reply to the NDA send-back.
    Originally posted by 271906
    I'm wondering if maybe the qualification process needs to start and end on a certain day of the week. So, when they realised there was a problem with the practice set, that automatically meant everything being pushed back 7 days. If so, we'd all be likely to hear from them again on Wednesday, I suppose..

    Just something that came to mind.
    • Maktina
    • By Maktina 22nd Jul 14, 6:23 AM
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    I've just received my guideline pack. So far the first thing I've noticed: There are no stupid offby metrics! Just get a certain percentage correct (out of all ratings) and you're through.
  • 271906
    Maybe shouldn't have been so cynical!

    Also received the guidelines this morning!

    Now finding the motivation to take them in...
    Last edited by 271906; 22-07-2014 at 8:22 AM.
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