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Maybe I'm out of touch but 4-5 interviews when they have sought you out and you're a domain expert seems like a big red flag.

I've had a few short interviews that quickly turned into a sales pitch on why I should work for them. I've also had the same you experienced: they act like they really want you specifically then feed you into the human resource machine. Basically made me feel scammed so I bowed out after the first 30 minutes.

I get the sense that a lot of tech companies' hiring playbook is all about making you feel special and elite then feeding you into the machine.




For my current job I took a 30 minute phone interview followed by an offer. The offer was what I was making as a consultant + benefits/vacation. So really it was a huge net pay increase. The project isn't super inspiring but I almost never work overtime, get 6 weeks vacation and it's 100% remote. This is honestly the best job I've ever had. I really don't understand why people put up with 4-5 interviews, homework, etc.

I guess I could understand it if I REALLY wanted to work at company X and company X happened to have annoying interview practices. But is that the condition for most people seeking jobs? Or is there some selection bias of who is posting about their experiences?


> really don't understand why people put up with 4-5 interviews, homework, etc.

not everyone is negotiating from a position of strength.


Everyone who currently has a job, that isn't at imminent risk of losing that job, is in a position of power against a company that needs labor.

I'm certainly not widely known in the industry. I don't have any public projects/repos. I've been doing this for almost 20 years, so I do have a pretty extensive resume. But I didn't have extensive resume when I was starting out in the early 2000s just after the internet bubble burst and times were relatively rough in the industry. And I wouldn't have done 4-5 interviews or homework projects even then.

We don't need to accept this kind of treatment from potential employers.


> Maybe I'm out of touch but 4-5 interviews when they have sought you out and you're a domain expert seems like a big red flag.

I was interviewing with the CTO/CEO etc and some of them were out of town. Normally I would agree btw.




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