Don’t always go through the tiny little door that everyone’s trying to rush through, maybe go around the corner and go through the vast gate that nobody is taking.
I like this quote, and I think it's a good metaphor for how the job interview process works, as well as how other processes such as college/graduate applications work. But I think it downplays the difficulty of finding the vast gate by "going around the corner," and I think that it does so at the expense of the point that the essay is trying to make. It's a rare and difficult skill to have, to be able to identify how to get around the "little door", and I think that that's a skill that most companies want to have in their employees. When tech companies use a predefined interview process that can be hacked, what they are doing is insuring that they hire the least qualified applicants, those that are good at following a set of instructions, not those that are creative enough to identify novel solutions to problems or figure out how to improve processes.
Meanwhile, another one of my students told me to keep poetry out of the class. His exact words were, "Poetry offends masculinity."
There had to be a lot that happened to someone for them to say something like that. I wonder who hurt him...