- While you're going through your questions with the interviewer, he suddenly looks up from his laptop and says, "These are great questions. I'm going to have to use them next time I interview."
- Interviewing manager, sitting next to CTO, says to you, "Convince my boss here that automated tests are worth the investment."
- Executive of SEO company casually lets it drop that they're being sued by Google.
- You're meeting after 5pm and interviewing manager jokes with CTO during interview how his wife is the one making his smartphone buzz like a swarm of angry hornets. Then as you're exchanging your farewells in the lobby an hour or so later at end of interview, a fuming woman storms in, stands next to manager glaring, no one is introduced, and you awkwardly take your leave.
- The conversation somehow turns to what you would do if you won the lottery. You say you'd probably spend more time working on open source projects. The CTO interviewing you remarks that he'd buy a harem. The HR rep and the other developer in the interview, both female, laugh uneasily. A couple minutes later he repeats the comment.
Manager: So you like caving?
Me: Yeah, I was able to go on a month long expedition last
summer to the mountains of Peru.
Manager: I can't believe your old job didn't fire you for taking a month off.
Me: I gave a lot of notice and had the vacation saved up.
Manager: That would never happen here. I have a problem leaving for a week.
In retrospect, I really appreciated the honesty. Declined that offer without hesitation.
They could easily threaten or guilt trip you when asking for a month off... If they would actually follow through is another question
That one actually sounds good, as it means that people at the company aren't really expected to stay late.
During the same interview, the CTO said something to me like: "You can come in, do your work, and leave at 5pm every day. And that's fine. Or, you know, you can stick around a little longer and help take this company to the next level. That's great, too."
As soon as I got home, I googled the company a little more deeply and found a slew of developers complaining on Glassdoor about being pressured to work long hours and come into the office on weekends.
My read on the situation was that the wife had been waiting in the car out in the parking lot for an hour or two (I remember we wasted a half-hour on a whiteboard puzzle-solving exercise which, while kinda fun, didn't really seem that relevant to the position) and was beyond getting sick of this shit.
I imagined him pitching it to her like, "Hey, once we hire another dev, I can start getting out of the office at 5 every day like I promised," when in reality the two (interviewer and new dev) would just guilt each other (or maybe inspire each other!) into working even longer hours.
The daily domestic and the weekly I'm asking you to do this because I'm pissed at my partner and I know it'll piss them off got very wearing.
Probably worst place I ever worked.
That's a legitimately good question, and you should feel bad for not knowing how to answer it.
My answer to that question would be, "I will be very happy to. My rates as a management consultant are $X per day." :-)
Just saying you don't have enough information to formulate a plausible response doesn't make a very good impression from my experience.
They're asking you to qualify yourself and so you need to know where you fit into the equation.
Note that he does not say that he was unable to answer the question. That is a conclusion you jumped to.
For all we know it could mean "hey, for an interview exercise, I'd like you to sell (this guy) on the importance of automated testing."
Suddenly it sounds like a pretty good interview question.
You should feel bad for being one of those who would end up dragging interview process to hell.
It was by far the worst interview I've ever been to, though I've only had a few. She hadn't reviewed my resume, she hadn't looked at any work I had done, she started the interview late, and she took a conference call in the middle of the interview. The icing on the cake was that she started listing out job responsibilities and said:
"Your number one responsibility is keeping me happy."
I told her I didn't think I was a good fit for the position.