I have been at my company (high tech industry in Silicon Valley) for over 10 years. Though it has been a great 10 years, some 'downs' but mostly 'ups', I am feeling like it is time to go to find the next challenge. So I am ready to 'move on' to something new.
I really have been looking to make a move for the last 16 months. Talking to people, getting referrals, and interviewing. These interviews are crazy, I feel like I should be on a psychiatrist's couch on some of them. I remember one job in the past I took, the interviewer (who later became my boss) asked me this: "What would you do if you have a conflict with your boss?" Apparently someone else who had interviewed for the position said, 'no problem, I'd go over his head to the bosses manager' WRONG ANSWER. So, in this process I have been very careful for fear of making a terminal mistake. In some ways you put yourself out there for everyone to see, but in all honesty, hold back a little. It's a little crazy.
Also, trying to assess interviewers on the fly, figuring out their hot buttons, personalities, possible connections that might provide you an edge versus the others interviewing. Like anything in life, some of these people are good (you hit it off with them immediately when you start being interviewed), not so good (They ask tough questions, and you can't assess how your answer was received by them), and bad (talk about themselves, their achievements and don't seem to care much about your interest in the position).
So, now that I have gotten through the interviews, and provided referrals, the waiting on the decision of whether I get the job might be the most stressful part. It seems to take forever. I started this process about 12 weeks ago, it's been very stressful, particularly as the decision was supposed to be announced last week, and it's been delayed again. Initially when I started talking to them it was to take 4 weeks. Now, after the list has been whittled down from 50 to 2 candidates. I wonder, it must be stressful for the other candidate too, right?
So that is my state of mind at the moment. Stressed and very crazy.
Wish you all well.