I recently read this post F*** You, I Quit — Hiring Is Broken
and found it interesting. If you have time – read it (and of course you should have, because this blog is far less famous than medium.com – the combination of page views for post in this blog is very likely to be much smaller than that single post).
I feel bad for the author for being in such situation – getting rejected 5 times in a row, is a hard thing to swallow. Especially when he is considered famous in developer’s world/ and has big passion in coding. And it’s not the first time, we hear someone rants about the hiring process, and it’s very unlikely to be the last. Let’s agree that the hiring process for developers might suck.
But then, it’s the way it works.
The first time no offer given, it’s probably their fault. The second time no offer given, it’s probably a bad luck. The third time no offer given, it’s probably your fault.
Then how to fix it then?
Research about the company
We are not fresh out of college, or bootcamp. It does not make sense to just send CV after CV to just any job vacancy appear. We need to be picky. Recruiting is not a one way process. It’s not the company is choosing you, but also you are choosing the company as well. You will never truly know the company until you already started working for it, but at least, research about it. This is why websites like Grassdoor exists.
Actively ask the recruiter
Ask the headhunter/recruiter about the interviewing process – you might not be able to change that, but at least you can decide to walk away if you feel uncomfortable. Before you agree to come to an interview, you are free to, and should, ask the recruiter about the interview. Is it one-to-one, or many-to-one interview, who will be there, what topics will be discussed. Again, “discussed”, not “asked”. Interview is the two ways process, you are not supposed to answer questions, you should be able to ask questions. The company is interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them.
If you decide to continue, you know what you are going to go through. Prepare for it. I hate the “algorithm” questions, because I probably can’t answer any of them out of my head, but if that’s what it takes, then, well …
An alternative is to build up your reputation, so you won’t have to go through the annoying interview questions, or even whiteboard solutions. They just want to hire you on-spot. This might be unrealistic for big companies where you can be very, very good, but they already have people smarter than you, but it can work wonder in a niche market where everyone knows anyone.
The truth is: the hiring process might suck, and some of the recruiters might be
assh*les terrible, some companies might have ridiculous interviews and interviewers, but it’s life and it’s the way it works. You can put up a fight, or you don’t. Your time and energy are limited, so choose wisely.