Interviewing for a startup is very different from interviewing for a bigger company. I learnt this the hard way.
Having spent many years interviewing (and getting rejected by) countless Silicon Valley tech giants, I have always thought of job interviews as day-long ordeals, shuffling from office to office, waiting in corridors while Team Leads got ready for you, and being debriefed by the HR guy after a grueling set of day-long sessions. Also, there was that all-too-familiar pang of please-oh-please-hire-me desperation which one has to mask by appearing comfortable and making nonchalant remarks about your interviewer’s office décor.
So when it was time for me to hire people for my startup, I expected to be able to put other people through the same ordeal. Sadly, this was not to be. Interviewing for a startup, it turns out, is an entirely different ball game. Continue reading