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We were terribly arrogant at Yahoo! in the 90s. We were on top. No one was smart enough to work with us. Of course lets just ignore the fact that we ourselves were merely early and did not have to go through the same level of scrutiny. We just cut people to ribbons. A few years later when Yahoo wasn’t cool, we were hiring lower quality candidates because we pissed off everyone else, and we just needed bodies.
Fascinating! I’d really like to see an in-depth post on this, though I imagine there are some good ones already on Yahoo’s history.
This was a fascinating thread, thank you. I have certainly been guilty of doing similar in the past; it was only when I started contracting and therefore started going through the interview process more often from the candidate side that it became so blatantly obvious. I do look back on it with disgust much like you; it’s all just learning though, if every developer could read this and understand early, hiring in this industry would be a lot more pleasant.
One thing I always valued when I was being interviewed is a company that made me, or tried to make me very comfortable. It told me they’re interested in me, interested in collaboration and that they were not interested in barriers, and superiority complex. Even candidates that didn’t answer the questions well were respected and treated kindly. Interviewing is a tough enough task for anyone and the rejection and effort that goes into it is stressful enough. Anyhow, that’s my 2 cents on the matter… look for employers who try to make you feel valued and comfortable. If they can’t do that in an interview they certainly won’t once you work there.
I’m about to start working full-time, so hearing this was very helpful. I’ll keep all of this in mind if I’m ever asked to interview someone.