How I landed a senior engineering position at a hyper-growth startup
Here’s the story of how I beat out hundreds of other applicants while interviewing for a startup in 2020
In 2020, I landed interviews at several startups and tech companies. I was nervous because I had never done an “official” interview in my life 🤯
Yes, you read that right…. 7 yrs in software engineering, and I’d never been through an official interview. All my other jobs had come from word of mouth referrals.
Going into these interviews I knew I might not be the most experienced candidate at interviewing… So I knew I would have to stand out from the other candidates some other way. 🤔
I would need to stand out based on my research, skills and preparation.
One of the startups I applied for was named Wisely. It was a restaurant tech startup I found on AngelList.
They were remote, used technologies I had a lot of experience with (Vue.js/Node.js/SQL), and they paid more than some other companies I was looking at.
I wasn’t sure how large they were, but their products looked super innovative, so I went in thinking their open position would be pretty competitive.
I decided to go all out during their 7 rounds of interviews. 💪
I dove into researching the company before my first interview round, and put some of what I learned into a cover letter I submitted with my resume.
The founders’ background, contact info, and what they were passionate about
The startup, their current employees, their positions
Their apps, and what unique needs their products were solving
Their funding rounds, and what kind of runway they might have
The actual job, what the expectations were, comp, benefits, etc.
I learned as much as possible about the company so they could tell I did my research, and I would be able to speak their language. I wanted to stand out from others who were simply applying without researching the company extensively.