I don’t know how many of you have interviewed at either a bootstrapping startup or a large company lately, but either is godawful. Seriously, maybe I’m just getting old. I do remember having interviews earlier in my career that didn’t devolve into an e-peen measuring session followed by a methodology-is-my-dumb-religion pissing match and I miss that less antagonistic and pointless exercise on a white board atmosphere. I’ve walked away from offers because the interview process was so awful and fragmented. This article is a fine summary of that entire culture of tedium that started with the heavyweights and has now trickled down to the smaller companies. I’m glad that other people are recognizing this formalized and misguided misery and working to rid the industry of it.
I just started a new job a few weeks ago at a startup and I’m very happy with it. I’m planning on staying for as long as it’s feasible for me to do the work I’m skilled at and happy. I do dread the next time I have to look for work, though.