Yup, the above nails how the academic hiring process goes. The article is focused on humanities hires but is pretty much identical to the process I went through as a biologist (I cracked up when they referred to us as the ‘anti-social sciences’).
Back in the day, 10-15 years ago, over the course of four years, when I was looking for a job, I put out over 100 applications to universities all over the country, got 8 interviews, and two job offers (both in Florida!).
Interviewing for any job is hard work, but I think it’s extra-special in academia.