Considering the multiple steps of job searching today — telephone screenings followed by multiple levels of in-person interviews followed by an offer or rejection — I think back to the spring of 2001 before the end of the dot-com bubble.
I’d been working in my first post-college job as a corporate webmaster when I wanted to work with newer technology; and discovered PeopleSoft, a technology company manufacturing a product line of enterprise reporting software. At the time, its primary competitors were SAP and Oracle (which later bought it).
I don’t remember how I found the company. LinkedIn wasn’t yet around but Monster.com was two years old so maybe it was there.
I applied to be an associate consultant. I had two phone interviews with their home office in the San Francisco bay area before being emailed an offer letter. I accepted and they relocated me across the country, placed me in corporate housing, gave me a BlackBerry, and similar standards that other dot-com corporations were dishing out in the years before ping pong tables and snack rooms.
It was a short-lived job — but my point is I was hired after two phone interviews. Nobody hires like that anymore. I miss those simpler times.