Applying to Torc: Navigating the Interview Process

Thanks for applying to Torc Robotics! Whether you’re a self-driving software engineer or a prospective co-op, you’ve tackled the first piece in securing your autonomous driving future. After candidates apply to jobs at Torc, the next step varies from role-to-role. However, we generally use a combination of technical assessments, remote interviews, and potentially on-site interviews to get to know our future Torc’rs. Once we’ve received your application, our hiring team will reach out to you about the next touchpoint in our recruiting process.

If you haven’t applied to Torc just yet and are instead researching how to get a job in self-driving, we encourage you to browse our open roles. Our job descriptions will give you a high level view as to what our team’s day-to-day world looks like, alongside benefits like our employer paid healthcare premiums, holiday office closures, and more.

Interview Stages and Timeline

The length of the interview process may vary depending on a few factors: experience level, specific job descriptions, and more. We do our best to make the interview process as efficient as possible and we encourage you to touch base with your recruiter throughout the process if you have any questions.

If your application sounds like it might be a good fit, our hiring team will reach out first to schedule an introductory phone interview with a member of talent acquisition. During this call, a Torc recruiter will share some information about Torc and ask you a few questions about yourself and your experience. To prepare for this interview, read over your resume and be ready to give your elevator pitch. This is just an introduction, so no need to bust out the nitty-gritty details. At this stage, we’re interested in learning the basics about you and your skills. We also recommend checking out some newsroom posts to get a sense of Torc’s latest work and current pursuits.

Once your phone interview is done, it’s time to move onto the next step of applying for a job in AV: the technical stage. Some roles may not include a technical interview, making this a role-dependent step in our hiring process. For instance, a product management position may include the presentation of a case study as part of the technical interview process. However, if you’ve applied for en engineering role, you may be sent one or more coding assessments to help us determine the correct placement for you. You also may complete a live CodePair interview with a Torc’r. Check out this CodePair interview checklist from HackerRank to help you prepare.

After this technical stage, on-site interviews or Zoom interviews may be scheduled once your scores and resume have been reviewed by your potential team leads. Some positions, particularly in leadership, will turn this interview into a panel interview with all levels of Torc staff member: fellow managers, colleagues, and employees alike.

What to Expect From an Interview at Torc

No matter what stage of hiring you’re in, our interview process are conversational. At every step, you’ll have the chance to ask questions, clarify job descriptions, and more. We work hard to ensure that hiring at Torc is a mutually beneficial experience. Even if the first role you apply for isn’t a good fit, we’d love to see you apply again once the time is right; making sure the initial interview process goes smoothly is just one part of that promise.

  • Take your time with coding challenges. Our team designed coding assessments to help us determine your skills and team placement. We recommend that you ensure you are well rested and comfortable for the assessment. Take your time; our team provides more time than necessary to complete assessments, allowing applicants ample time to finish up tasks.
  • Learn about Torc. Before a phone or remote interview, take some time to research Torc’s history and our innovative projects. Our work in autonomous vehicles is long, punctuated by our recent deep dive into driverless trucks. We recommend taking a look at the following pages: Our Story, Safety, and Trucking; our newsroom also features some recent updates if you’re interested in going the extra mile.
  • Need extra accommodations? Let us know. As an equal opportunity employer, Torc is committed to providing access to people with physical and cognitive disabilities. If you need an extra accommodation to complete a test, phone interview, or on-site interview due to a disability, we will work with you to provide reasonable accommodations. Please contact our HR department via email with a description of your request, or reach out to your talent acquisition team member and let them know you need accommodations.

The On-site Interview

If selected for an on-site interview, your interview location will depend on the role you’re applying to. Double check with your recruiter on locations, as some of Torc’s office locations include multiple buildings. When you come into the office, please refrain from taking photos or videos as there may be proprietary information around you. 

  • Arrive with time to spare. Taking the initiative to come to the job interview 10 minutes prior to the scheduled time will not only make a great first impression, but you will have time to check in, introduce yourself, and gather your thoughts before the interview. It takes time to schedule all needed parties for an on-site interview, so we appreciate candidates who arrive on time. However, we understand that sometimes emergencies do occur. If you are going to be late or need to reschedule your interview, please inform us as soon as possible.    
  • What to bring and what not to bring. Bring work that you’re proud of. Even if your projects are not explicitly involved in autonomous vehicles or self-driving, we encourage our candidates to bring relevant portfolios or presentations of their accomplishments to their on-site interview. You may also want to have a few extra copies of your resume for team members to review. 
  • Ask questions. The on-site interview is not only to let us know about you, but to give you more information about the role you will be playing in creating technology that revolutionizes transportation. Prepare questions that you’d like to know about the role, the company, or your team. 
  • Tell us about what makes you unique. The Torc team is not only interested in your resume, we also want to know what makes you who you are. The business skills and personality traits you have are just as important to your success as your technical experience is. Candidates who showcase a willingness to learn, strong work ethic, and passion for changing the world with self-driving technology are going to fit in well with our team.
Torc Team at a town hall

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Haven’t applied yet? Check out our job openings and discover a rewarding career in the game-changing field of autonomous vehicles. Torc is expanding rapidly, and new openings are being added regularly.

At Torc, we celebrate diversity and believe a team works better when its members represent a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences. Torc is an equal opportunity employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employee and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.