After reading other students’ posts about Hack Reactor, which I found to be useful and comforting in my desolate times, I thought I should pay it forward by documenting about my own experience with Hack Reactor as well.
After months of studying and floundering on my own, I decided that maybe I should go to a bootcamp, and if I’m going to a bootcamp, it has to be Hack Reactor (due to reasons that you can Google so I won’t go into them). I applied online and scheduled my phone interview for a couple weeks out.
I completed the free HR prep course quickly, studied callbacks, anonymous functions, closures, things that I thought would be covered based on blog posts I read. Material-wise, I thought I knew more than enough for the interview. I recorded myself solving problems to get comfortable hearing my own voice and seeing myself struggle. However, I was still pretty nervous as I’ve never been great at verbalizing my thoughts. In hindsight, I should have spent less time solving problems and more time practicing mock interviews with a real person.
In any cases, interview day came yesterday. I had such cold feet that I almost cancelled it 30 minutes before the scheduled time. However, I convinced myself to approach it as a trial interview to find out what level I’m at and what I need to focus on for the next one. Although I told myself that, deep down inside I hoped that I over-prepared and I’d breeze through it like I did with all the problems in the prep course. Unfortunately, the opposite happened. I got flustered after making some minor mistakes and it all went downhill from there. I don’t know how much of the interview I actually got through but I was just glad that it was over when it was.
After hanging up, I was just emotionally drained and sad because I felt like I could have done so much better. I should have studied more. I should have practiced mock interviews more. A lot of should haves/could haves and regrets. I just laid in bed the rest of the night mourning my failure while being consoled and assured by my boyfriend that he doesn’t think any less of my intelligence, lol. ❤
Anyways, I woke up this morning to an email from Hack Reactor about their decision. I didn’t pass (obviously), but they offered me two options. One is to sign up for a 2nd interview a couple weeks from now, or sign up for their new Structured Study Program, which will essentially hand-hold me through the rest of the admission process. I’ll still need to pass the final assessment (which I’m assuming will be similar to the interview but more difficult) to get accepted to the cohort, but I’m amazed and grateful that HR has extended this sort of support to me, even though I’m not technically their student yet.
Hopefully, the next time I blog about the admission process, it will be good news *crosses fingers*. Until then, I shall be writing more JS and verbalizing my thoughts, in front of another human.