I've interviewed twice for YC, once in person (W19) and once remotely (S20) (failed both times). And I'm interviewing again this evening. Writing this to try and get some catharsis for how I'm currently feeling.
Now, I'm not saying that interviewing in person was a breeze, but the remote interview is really bonkers, stress-wise.
- If you're in an African/European time zone, like me, your interview is very likely to be right at the end of the day. For me, today, it's at 9pm. Which is really nice, because I've had the entire day to get worked up about it. 4 more hours to go! Woo!
- You're asked to join a Zoom link 10 minutes before your interview. But it almost certainly won't start the second it was meant to. So for an unspecified amount of time - around FIFTEEN MINUTES for me last time - you're completely tensed up, staring obsessively at a line of text on the screen, waiting for the moment that you get dumped into a meeting with 4+ YC head honchos and have to immediately be on top of your game.
- There's basically no chance to insert niceties - no shaking hands, no little jokes to defuse the tension.
- Unless your connection is insanely stable, you'll be freaking out all day that your internet connection is going to drop half-way through the interview. I live in Rwanda, so that's going to be me.
This compares with my recent experience of interviewing for Techstars, which although a massive time commitment - 6 interviews with 6 people - at least was spread out enough that I didn't feel close to puking at any point.
Interested in other people's experiences of this. Now...back to interview prep.