I recently went through the job interview process, for the first time in 4.5 years, and for the first time as an experienced developer. And I didn’t really expect it to be a different process from when I did this in 2016, but it actually was.
I’d always heard how some experienced devs got “mad” at being asked data structures/algos questions during interviews, and had thought it was perceived as a blow to their ego (“my work and experience should speak for itself!”). But now that I’m in their shoes (kinda–a lot of those stories feature people who have twice as many years of experience as me, or have achieved a lot more), I realize it’s not quite that–or at least, not every one of those stories is about that.
So here I am, with my first software dev position behind me and a 2-week respite before starting at my next one. How time flies! Although I will admit that 8 months at my first gig was a little on the short side, but circumstances changed quite dramatically and it seemed best to move on. Def learned a ton though and formed some good relationships, which is all one can really ask for, right?
Well, it’s happened. I have officially given my notice of leave from my first job, after 4 years. I’m still going to stay on for the next two weeks to help with the transition but it’s such a weird feeling now–kinda in limbo, being included yet excluded at the same time.