I strongly dislike the interview process having gone through it myself many times. I find it very difficult to tell the story of your testing journey in an hour or so. Plus trying to prove that you are worthy can be disconcerting. I have been lucky in my last few jobs as I was recommended by developers. Even though these interviews were still grueling and merciless, job offers were extended.
Depending on the article you read (1, 2, 3), anywhere from 60-90% of jobs are landed through internal or networking referrals. So it helps to build good relationships with your co-workers and friends.