I worked at a corporation where their values did not include technological competence nor team building. It was a job I took because I wanted to move into Product Manager. Shortly after I was there I realized my small department included a few people who were deviously competitive which made me feel small. I put in my year so my resume looked okay, but started to look for a new position immediately.
I interviewed for investment analyst positions. One firm had me in for private lunches 2-3 times to discuss my values and strength of conviction. How would I deal with uncontrollable market shifts? How would I find new trends and support a recommendation? These were questions I never dealt with and struggled to answer.
One of my friends was one buy side analyst at one of the oldest firms on Wall Street, and invited me to their annual holiday party. There I met the CEO of my current job. "What are you doing here looking for a job when you work in my company?" he asked. After some discussion, we became friends and he introduced me to the Managing Partner of a Venture Capital firm.
I scored an interview. Unfortunately, during the interview a senior partner asked me the market size of the products where I was currently working. I refused to answer, because I thought it was proprietary and we paid a lot of market research money to learn the actual size of the market. My interview ended immediately.
The next day, I received a call where I learned most of the partners wanted to hire me, except for the one that had interviewed who ended the interview. I decided to call him, apologized and came back in for a grueling reinterview with everyone at the firm. I got the job offer. I wanted to give my notice immediately. My boss was out of town, but the VP of HR was in town and I decided to resign. What do I remember? What I wore.