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Firefighting on Interview Day (I-Day)

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Data Engineer at Financial Companya year ago

I had to do some firefighting at work the other day for a critical pipeline that broke.

I have interviews coming up and am concerned that I'll have another crisis to fight when my interviews are scheduled.

Are there any tips for handling these situations well?

I don't think anything will come up on interview day, but am worried.

I guess if something does, it all comes down to making the judgment call about what is more important, the specific issue, or my onsite, and then go from there.

Just wondering if anyone has anything to add to that.

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    Ex @Meta @Microsoft, Founder Algolab
    a year ago

    You can always request a reschedule of the interviews and move them to next week when you are not on-call. My experience is that most recruiters are considerate of different life circumstances. Also, they want you to be successful in the interviews and it is in their best interest to accommodate you and your schedule.

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    Tech Lead @ Robinhood, Meta, Course Hero
    a year ago

    Are there any tips for handling these situations well?

    I'm going to be honest - Stuff like this is why you generally take PTO for onsite interviews in particular. It's overly optimistic and risky to try and double-dip, haha.

    At a higher-level, being vulnerable to random issues blindsiding you is generally a sign that your team's oncall process isn't very good. I highly recommend joining this upcoming event to learn more: Revamping Oncall For 20 Instagram Engineers - Senior to Staff Project

    In an ideal situation, you know for a fact that you aren't on point for fixing fires when you aren't oncall. This means that when you're not oncall, you should be able to safely take phone screens at least during working hours.

    I guess if something does, it all comes down to making the judgment call about what is more important, the specific issue, or my onsite, and then go from there.

    Your onsite is probably more important if you do end up in this scenario - You'll have to make something up and find someone else to handle it 😂

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    Data Engineer [OP]
    Financial Company
    a year ago

    Yes, oncall is indeed an issue at my current job. Hence the need to move!

    Thanks Touseef and Alex!