Hey there recruiter!
As much as I love getting emails in my inbox from you to get my ego stroked, boosted & validated that I am a desired engineer/architect at your company, times have changed & it is a two way street so I would love if you could spare 5 minutes & read below.
As a fun exerise, please identify the below 👇 of which of these are pokemon’s, programming languages, frameworks etc.
- I prefer mature, transparent organizations that value a healthy work-life balance.
- I don’t mind chatting directly with Hiring managers on a phone screen.
- I’m not impressed by free meals, snacks, parties, gaming stations, coffee machines, beer, etc.
- It would be good to have an idea about forthcoming issues or problems you are trying to address.
- I would love to know about your company culture. I care about mental health.
- Toxic culture is a big NO. If it is, please save a poor man like me the time and pain you already know.
- If the employees in your org have to maintain a timesheet, it is a red flag for me.
- Organizations with ties to the military, tobacco, fossil fuels, or government intelligence are not a good fit for me. My moral compass is too high.
Companies I might be interested in:
- education: e.g. Wikimedia, NPR, AMNH, NYPL, Ed-tech companies with a good social cause.
- internet infrastructure e.g. ISC, RIPE, RIRs, IXPs, CDNs, Github, Cloudflare.
- astrophysics and research: e.g. NASA, ESA, CERN, Spire, Planet Labs, Terra Bella…
- anti-censorship, internet defense; e.g. EFF, Let’s Encrypt, Google Jigsaw
- humanitarian global organizations e.g. Doctors/Reporters without Borders
I don’t mind:
- informal conversations
- strategy discussions
- exchange of experiences
I do not like (and consider as big honking warnings signs):
- unprepared interviewers asking basics that can be found on the internet
- An eternal interview process. (More than 2 weeks is a no)
- Competitive programming questions. You are hiring me to build/maintain/secure your infrastructure.
If you have been in the industry long enough, you are aware of the industry standards for an SRE/DevOps. Stock options or possible bonuses are nice, but should not be used to justify a below-average base salary (below 180k); please include salary ranges in your job description. Kindly do not try to lowball the salary once the interviews are completed.