If you want this job, we have to interview you forever

OF: [email protected]
DATE: March 18, 2022

Dear candidate,

Thank you for applying for the UI ninja position at Bubble App.

We are pleased to invite you to an introductory Zoom interview with our hiring manager, Megan Reynolds.

Please Click here to program a time. We look forward to speaking with you!

OF: [email protected]
DATE: March 24, 2022

Dear candidate,

We are happy to invite you to a second round interview next Wednesday at 1 PM

This two-hour rotating Zoom call will include our entire UI team: Marissa, Kris, Devon, Sandeep, Camille, Thomas, Charna, and Tom.

The team is happy to meet you, chat and ask lots of questions to fill the time.

OF: [email protected]
DATE: March 30, 2022

Dear candidate,

We’ve heard good things from the UI team! We look forward to starting phase three of the interview process. Please join us for a full-day team experience at Bubble App HQ, where the agenda will include the following:

  • An interview with our VPs of Engineering, Sales, Technology, Marketing, Global Marketing and User Happiness.
  • An Enneagram test and one-on-ones with nineteen different people in HR
  • A fajita lunch, improv games and a ping-pong tournament, after which you will be graded on our five-dimensional Work Hard, Play Harder assessment matrix.
  • A ninety minute walk around our man-made lagoon with our CEO, Benji, and Benji’s dog, Mr. Rex. (Mr. Rex will “interview” you with his barking!)

Phase three starts at 8 a.m. A M sharp, next Monday, and lasts fourteen Pomodoro timer cycles, ending at 5:38 a.m. PM

We look forward to seeing you there!

OF: [email protected]
DATE: April 6, 2022

Dear candidate,

We are delighted to invite you to a fourth round interview – an overnight camping trip with our twenty-five person Human Success Service.

This interview is about cultural fit. It will include a hike to a waterfall, a campfire singing along to niche folk songs from the 70s, a skinny dip at midnight, and spooky ghost stories that are also silly. Please make your story sixty-forty scary, as our team prefers to be only moderately scared.

Then everyone will vote on whether they find you fearless and fun. The itinerary is attached. We are delighted to camp with you!

OF: [email protected]
DATE: April 16, 2022

Dear candidate,

You got a lot of ‘yes’ votes, so we’re excited to kick off our interview with community stakeholders.

Could you come to Bubble HQ tomorrow and give thirty minutes efile-style talk to an auditorium of six hundred employees, followed by a Q. & A.? Think of it as a really big interview where everyone can see what you bring to the table!

Your topic is “The Future of User Interface”

PS The tone of the conference should be jovial, with some good zingers.

OF: [email protected]
DATE: April 26, 2022

Dear candidate,

We’re ready to discuss your offer—almost!

First, we need to test your lateral thinking skills with an interview in hypothetical situations.

You’ll wear a state-of-the-art VR headset and virtually interact with multiple HR managers who will appear as holographic avatars of historical characters and fantasy characters, ranging from King Tut to Darth Maul.

These avatars can ask you anything: how you would resolve certain historical conflicts, what hot sauce you most identify with, etc. They might even invite you to play a role in a scene from “The Phantom Menace.”

Then the roles will be reversed and you will interview their, ask questions and carry out improvised role plays that probe the very nature and limits of job interviews. You can also inquire about dental benefits.

The VR platform will momentarily be at your doorstep.

OF: [email protected]
DATE: May 5, 2022

Dear candidate,

We loved your role play with Benjamin Franklin! We want to hire you, probably.

We are working on some internal process changes and will follow up in the next two hours to two months.

OF: [email protected]
DATE: September 10, 2022

Dear candidate,

It’s official! We are delighted to offer you the position of UI-ninja at Bubble App. Your letter of offer is attached. Welcome in the team!

OF: [email protected]
DATE: October 5, 2022

Dear candidate,

As you may know, the last three weeks have been a test. You have “worked” in a facsimile of our HQ staffed by skilled actors.

We call this “surviving the matrix” – the final stage of your interview.

Unfortunately, we are sorry to say that we are moving forward with another candidate.

We have enjoyed getting to know you over the past eight months. The whole team wishes you the best in your job search.


Benji, CEO of Bubble
Megan Reynolds, Bubble HR (aka Darth Maul)
Mister Rex ♦

Lance B. Holton