I’ve interviewed formally at ten different companies in the past decade. These include Amazon, Microsoft, Google (twice), Yahoo, a tech consultancy, and five startups. I only go through an on-site interview for a job that I actually want. And yet, as I hit the sidewalk after an interview, I don’t always want the job anymore.
This article is a reflection on some of the best and worst experiences that have tipped my own interviews in one direction or the other, including rage-inducing rudeness, blister-forming cluelessness, and laughter-sealed collegiality. It's also a guide to my resulting view on what is important in a candidate experience: respect, empathy, access, and transparency.