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  • s/employers/some employers/g and most of that is true.

    I've been a hiring manager many times (mostly in Silicon Valley startups). I've never looked for docile developers, but in high-pressure situations where everyone is stretched, candidates who wave an "I'm emotionally needy" or "I'm a smart cat who is going to need a lot herding" don't fare well.

    More often, sadly, candidates are mistreated due to time pressure. A large pile of resumes comes in, and has to be culled while the project is ongoing. In the midst of fallout from the Sales folks selling stuff your product doesn't do yet, and pressure to build it fast coming down from on high, you plow through the resumes--many of which have been shotgunned at you by people who have no qualifications--and schedule a few people in for interviews. It'd be a nice, civil, human thing to do to dash off a note to the people who sent resumes that don't make the cut, but HR is no help, and it often comes down to a choice between staying late(r) to send more email and a chance at getting home before the rest of the family is asleep (again).

    The startup I'm with now (as a developer, not a manager) most certainly does not hire sheep, and we most certainly do run candidates through their paces, including pair programming with us if they make it that far into the process. But then being a startup, we're not representative of the world of employers as a whole.