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Discussion on: The Toll On Mental Health From Searching For a Job! Especially an Entry-level or Junior role.

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Andrew Baisden

Looking for work is such an exhausting and stressful process. There is so much back and forth between companies and recruiters. Sometimes you get ghosted leaving you with no feedback. Or they send you a generic rejection email that has no information and does not help you at all. It is well known that the tech interview process is broken. There are far too many stages and a very long waiting process.

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FURGIE 📸 🧖🏾 Author

Completely agree! Just got ghosted this week as a recruiter reached out for a job I applied and said let's have a chat, I gave my time and dates and absolutely no response, its been a few days now

The rejection emails are very much we are moving forward without you. No reason why or explanation really.

So yeah - absolutely dislike it. But have to remain positive, be optimistic and hope for the best

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Andrew Baisden

Hate when the happens! I think a big part of the problem is that some recruiters just send out a generic message/email to dozens of candidates. So you think you are just one of a few being shortlisted when in fact they are talking to hundreds of candidates. Its easy to spot a spam message on LinkedIn though if you put a emoticon in front of your name and then you get a message that is like...

"Hi 💻 Andrew,

Hope you're well,

I am working with a Government Team who are upgrading their flagship website and need a frontend developer to join the small team."

If it was genuine and personal then there would be no emoticon 😂

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FURGIE 📸 🧖🏾 Author

Haha the thing is it was sent to my email - and looked very much directed at me, but I guess it makes sense that they are sending out to a list of people. It's just very hard mentally and very frustrating and annoying

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Matt C

Hi A,
Interesting, that you say the interview process is broken. What would you change if you could?

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Andrew Baisden

Ghosting is forbidden everyone gets constructive feedback. Data structures and algorithms tests are not a make or break requirement for employment. And give the candidate a take home challenge and let them use their preferred tech stack so you can see them at their best.