I once wrote this to someone who posted for a “rockstar engineering assassin”:
I come across job postings that ask for “rockstar” or “ninja/assassin” engineers pretty frequently, and I’ve never quite understood the appeal of the analogy. Do you really want a diva on your team who craves limelight, will likely be passe in a few years, and destroys hotel rooms? Or someone who dresses in all black, operates stealthily, and perhaps a bit dishonorably?
What you really want is an A-Team: a group of professionals who seem to do it for money, but are really doing it because it’s right. I’m building such a team at the moment for S7 Labs, which is a sort of hybrid consultant / incubator lab. Our goal is to serve as technology partners to a wide variety of startups. Even if this isn’t something that sounds interesting for ————.com, it might be worth it for us to meet and chat as small business owners. I have 10 years of experience in software startups, and am always happy to talk shop.
I did not get the job.