Sunday, August 06, 2006

 

Headhunters - Don't Get Me Started

I don't even know where to begin. Oh wait, yes I do. Gravity People. Nothing but scum. Ok, I take that back. Some are just plain idiots. They misrepresent companies. They'll tell you a company is profitable, when it's struggling. If they present a company and you tell them you're not interested, they'll do anything from beg you to reconsider, to guilt trip you, to plain out insulting you. Avoid them like the plague the next time you look for a job. The only companies who hire them also hire other headhunters, so you won't be losing out on anything.

I could list scummy headhunters all day, but the folks at RGA are almost as bad. Well, maybe even worse, because they typically don't represent real companies. They'll just waste lots of your time, asking for references, and giving you nothing in return.

There are a few excellent headhunters out there, by the way. When you find one of those, thank them.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

 

Mediazone, the least professional of the bunch

I had an interview at Mediazone, www.mediazone.com. It's the subsidiary of a large company that's a subsidiary of another, and it goes on and on. So I brought the job application to the interview, as is customary with lots of large companies.

The first round of interviews went very well. The hiring manager and two engineers through generic coding and logic problems at me, and I aced them. I left.

A week later, my references told me that some lady from Mediazone called them for a reference. I was also contacted by a company that conducts background checks with a couple of questions. I was annoyed that they didn't tell me they would do all this, but if they wanted to act quickly, who am I to complain?

A few days later, the Mediazone recruiter called me back to invite me for a second round of interviews. She did her best to bring me back as quickly as possible. That's always a good sign. I wasn't sure if I wanted this company, but I wasn't going to worry about that now.

They brought me back to meet the VP of Engineering. I asked him about their outsourcing strategy, and why they don't just hire all their engineers offshore, and he danced around the answer. They brought in a product manager, who essentially asked me "How will you do my job for me?" I gave him the kind of answers he'd want to hear.

Anyway, the recruiter came back in and asked for my salary requirements. It was right there on my application, and she didn't have a hard time finding my references' personal information, but I told her. She looked at me as if to say, "Oh, you want a market salary? Then why are you here?" She has the nerve to ask me what is the least I'd be willing to accept.

Anyway, I lost interest, but was curious to get the offer, so I could turn them down. BUT THEY NEVER CALLED BACK.

Now here's what pissed me off. They don't have to hire me if they don't want to. But did they have to call my references so early on in the interview process? I didn't want them to be pestered by a loser company, let alone, one that didn't present an offer.

So I ask you, Internet folks. Do I have the right to call them unprofessional?

Monday, July 17, 2006

 

The Purpose of This Blog

Hello world,

I spent over two months looking for a new job, as a software developer. I found a job that has alot of potential, and I look forward to starting. But in the last 2 months, I talked to alot of companies, and lost respect for most of the companies I spoke to. I plan on sharing my experiences, and would love to get your opinions if you think these companies were mistreating their candidates, namely me.

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