I’ve been at MongoDB for six weeks now and it’s been great. BTW, we’re hiring and we have a lot of remote engineering positions1. Please email me if you have questions about working at MongoDB or about specific positions2. But that’s not why I’m writing this post. No, I’m writing because apparently my job search wasn’t quite done. Today. Today! TODAY! I got an email from GitHub saying that the position I applied for had been filled:
I suspect that this title makes no sense to most people, so here’s the background. Like most normal people, I have four1 computers in my office. I used to have three, but that was shameful, so I was very relieved to get a new laptop for my new job at MongoDB. A while back, I bought a USB switching device with a remote. This eliminated the need to physically switch my USB hub’s cable from one computer to another.
I did a lot of coding and design challenges during my recent job search! A lot a lot. And I have some thoughts about them. Want to read all about my job search? Here’s a list of past posts: Week 1 Week 1.1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 The Last One I mostly have thoughts about the coding challenges. The design challenges were pretty much what you’d expect.
Assuming nothing unexpected and unhappy happens, this will be my final Job Search 2022 update. I accepted the offer from MongoDB and I start in a few weeks! Thanks again to David Golden for reaching out to me about MongoDB way back in early March. Ultimately, my thinking came down to a decision between startups and public companies. I realized that given my age and my early retirement goal, I can best achieve that goal by focusing on higher total compensation that’s more secure1, rather than going for another startup lottery ticket.
It’s week 5 and my brain is tired. Fortunately, I think I’m near the end. My current plan is to decide by Friday, April 15. I suspect that some of the companies I’m talking to won’t be in a position to make an offer then, but I already have some good offers, I want to finish this process, and there’s a limit to how long I can ask people to wait for me to decide.
Has it been four weeks? I can’t remember. I’ve been told there was a time before the interviews, before the coding challenges, before the system design questions. But I can’t remember. That life is gone, lost in the haze. All I have now is the interviews, the endless stream of questions and scheduling requests. My only hope now is that this infinity will end, but how can infinity end? That’s the paradox that consumes my waking thoughts.
A number of the companies I’ve been interviewing with are using Guide to create an “interview guide” that they send to candidates. I really like this. It includes information about the interview topic, interviewer profiles, and relevant links to pages on the company website and/or blog. For one company, an interviewer profile linked to that person’s GitHub profile, so I took a look. Instead of the standard profile, they have a custom thing with lots of fun stats about their activity on GitHub.
Week 3 of my job search has come to a close, and boy is my brain tired! I’m looking forward to starting a new job just so I can do something less exhausting than interviewing all week. I had a lot of interviews (and a homework assignment) this week, but first, here’s where I stand with various places … First, the list of shame, which is those companies that have not responded after more than two weeks:
Week 2 is over. My applications are moving forward in some places, and getting no response from some places. So it’s exactly what I’d expect. Last Sunday, I was looking at my job search spreadsheet and realized I’d somehow deleted 1Password, so I quickly put in an application there. That brings my application total to 18, plus I’ve had some sort of informal talks with a few other places. Of the places I’ve applied, the following companies simply haven’t responded yet (excluding the automated email they send to all applicants):
So after my last update, I had one small change to write about. For reference, I live in Minneapolis, which means I’m in America/Chicago (US Central). I’d been talking to an (external) recruiter about positions at Namely. The recruiter told me they asked, “Are you willing to work east coast hours?”. I asked what that meant, since I’m very much not a morning person, and I’m not up to working 8-4 my time.