Mission: Do what makes sense. Do what's right. Do what's valuable. Don't be afraid.
I worked at SurfMerchants full-time
This place was a model for how to work in a software company. I still use techniques that I learned there and try to emulate some of their technical workflows and productivity systems.
They could have communicated better. I was not the best employee but I wish I saw it coming.
Advice to Management
Keep being awesome? I miss you guys but I don't miss the commute!
I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at SurfMerchants (Boston, MA).
Phone screen with managing partner/owner. If you get past that, you get an email with a technical task to write a test plan for a known website. First on site interview, a technical test is administered by the owner. Lots of programming questions, which makes you believe they have automation, which they really don't. They are looking to see if you can follow programming logic. Then you move into the QA meet and greet where you can ask questions about working at Surfmerchants. Ask questions or you won't get hired. Your next step - which may be part of the same interview or you may have to come back for a second interview is the group interview. You will have been emailed a list of questions that you may be asked. You will meet with developers, QA, tech support and project managers and they ask you questions like, "If you are stranded on a deserted island and you could bring one book, one cd and one movie, what would they be?"
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