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Interviewing as a Software Developer

So tell me about yourself...

Ya... ok. I love long walks in the park...

Interviewing is difficult. I recently read an article about doing it and it described it like going to war or preparing for a marathon. Eat right, sleep, exercise. You know what? They are right. Everything matters when interviewing for great jobs. Everything. How you sit, whether you smile, making eye contact for 3 seconds; oh and coding up solutions to "You are given a comma delimited string of dates"...

You get out what you put into it. Seriously. My company recently ran out of money. Major bummer, as I love where I work. It's very rewarding. So, once again I'm putting myself out there for hire. I decided that being out of practice, I needed some. I began interviewing at jobs I knew I wouldn't take. And yep, I made mistakes. After about 25 phone calls and maybe 5 in-person interviews, I felt comfortable enough to look for jobs I knew I wanted.

I am studying. I am learning! It's rewarding. The interviews are going great and I am enjoying myself. I don't feel nervous and that is key. If you feel nervous you can not think, you can not be your creative self.

I've also relearned to not settle. Put out there exactly what you want. To the detail. These days there is some job that offers what you need to be successful. For me working remotely is key. A commute just eats my soul and consequently, I don't want to and cannot perform like I should for the organization. So, I have to turn down 80% of the contacts that approach me. It's better for them and it's better for you to be committed entirely to your job. So don't half-ass the search


Posted: August 16 2018