Choose an employer who treats you well during an interview

Dear new developer,

You may not realize it, but you have a lot of power during the interview. Sure, it doesn’t feel like it, but right now a lot of companies are seeking developers, and you are desired.

There are many many things to consider when taking a job, but one strong indicator of how you’ll be treated during your employment is how you are treated in the interview.

  • is the interviewer respectful
  • do they do what they say they are going to do
  • are they flexible
  • do they keep in touch

Basically, you will never have more power in the employer/employee relationship than you do when you are interviewing, because you have the most optionality (that is, you can talk to other employers with little to no friction). It’s definitely not the only thing that matters, but poor interview treatment indicates, in my experience, a general lack of concern which will lead to other unpleasantness.

If they don’t treat you right then, how will they treat you once you don’t have any other options.

Think about it.

Sincerely,

Dan