Faking Excitement In The Recruitment Pipeline

Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX
Published in
6 min readDec 2, 2023

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Yes of course I’d absolutely love to work with this <insert incredibly boring technology here>!

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I’ve come to realise many things about the Grand Game of Software Engineers through either direct personal experience, tales told by my fellow worker cogs, or through the noticing of someone doing something different and exposing the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the everyday corporate grind.

Recently I wrote about the collective illusion around commuting, for example, how we just did it because that’s what everyone else was doing so we should be doing it too, not questioning it, just sucking it up.

Today though we’re going to talk about a bizarre part of the ever tedious and tiring recruitment process, or pipeline¹ that HR sometimes likes to call it, that is really so shambolic it defies description and the true surrealism can only be realised once you step back from it and see it for what it is.

Recruiting pipelines are long, so very long, these days and rarely have a light at the end of them.

One used to have the situation where companies would have reviewed your CV before a recruiter got in touch, where they were interested in you and were keen to offer you interesting work.

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Dr Stuart Woolley
CodeX

Worries about the future. Way too involved with software. Likes coffee, maths, and . Would prefer to be in academia. SpaceX, Twitter, and Overwatch fan.