I’ve been seeking my first job as a front-end developer the last few months. Have a few years experience as a hobbyist and a computer science background. Having tremendous difficulty finding a job.
Had a recruiter from a company 2.5 hours away initiate with me on LinkedIn. She told me she thought I was a great fit and that she was interested in doing a phone interview. I told her the job seemed great but it was too far away and I wasn’t interested in relocating. She responds a couple hours later telling me that the company would be fine with me working remotely.
We proceed and have the half hour phone interview, it goes smoothly, and she wants me to have a second phone interview with the software lead. We schedule a second phone interview for the next week. I have a half hour technical screening and I do well. The software lead wants me to either do a Skype interview or traveling 2.5 hours to the office. We both decide an in-person meeting would be best and they schedule me to come in around 10 days later.
The day of the interview comes up. I get my father to drive me 2.5. each way to the interview because I have a medical condition that prevents me from having a driver’s license. I get to the interview early, interview with the manager, then the UX lead, then a developer, then a second developer, and then the manager to close things out. They tell me they have 5 other people to interview and they’ll be in touch within 1 to 2 weeks. I nailed most of the technical questions and feel I did very well. I left the meeting feeling very confident.
3 weeks have passed. They completely ghosted me and haven’t called or emailed. I didn’t even apply to this job, they found me. Several LinkedIn messages, 2 half hour phone interviews, a 5 hour round trip, and a 2.5 hour interview and they can’t even write me a rejection email.
I can’t believe the tech industry is this shitty. If this is how companies treat potential employees when the “NYC tech industry is booming!” I can’t imagine how bad this industry is when things are tough economically.
Applied for around 400 jobs and have gotten exactly 2 interviews, and this particular job I didn’t even apply for. Is becoming a front-end dev even a viable career at this point?