By Meggie Mahnken (Hackbright Academy Software Engineer)
I am lucky to work at Hackbright as a software engineer. I witness often at least one of, if not multiple of, the following at Hackbright Academy from our engineering fellows: epiphany, intellectual transformation, community-building, inspirational badassery, pure wizardry. What I mean to say is that it is a gift to meet each class of students and watch them grow as engineers over three months, delving into the deep secrets of the tech-niverse with a level of enthusiasm that makes it very easy to feel amazing about the work that I do here.
There is one part of the job that I could do without however. A necessary evil, inherent to the Hackbright project: watching students undergo their interview processes.
From lead generation and phone screens to technical interviews and contract negotiating, interviewing can be jarring. Did I say jarring? I meant to say awkward, unpleasant, aggravating and tedious.
Knowing what I know about the tremendous success of the Hackbrighters who have come before them, I try to hide my knowing smile when people are stressing out over interviews. However, it’s still very difficult to witness people face the profound uncertainty of a job search as an entry-level developer. Fellows at Hackbright put their careers, and often, other important aspects of their lives, on the line.
I know deep down that they are right on track, but there is nothing that I can say to a Hackbrighter who has just been passed up by a company to make them know that are going to find a job.
I asked Hackbright alumna to provide their anonymous advice – Self Care Strategies if you will – for the past, present and future entry-level software engineers with the hope that the job search will instigate personal growth instead of halting it. I’d like to thank all alumna who posted their strategies for me to share. I am reverent of your collective wisdom.
ADVICE ON TECHNICAL INTERVIEWING AND SELF CARE:
Tips & Tricks From Hackbright Alumna!