I have interviewed 100s of candidates for software engineering positions. I’ve done take-home tests, in person challenges, pair programming with the candidates. All of them were awful experiences for me and especially for the candidate. I can only think of a single instance where a code challenge exposed a poor software engineer and I could definitely have made the same assessment just by talking to them. Lately I’ve stopped doing any software or mental puzzles. I don’t do any of that when I interview designers or QA people or HR people, so why would I be particularly toxic towards software engineers during the hiring process? Instead, I actually read their resumes (which is significantly quicker than doing interviews, asking them to repeat the same information), and then I ask them questions like: - Where do you get your tech news? - How do you learn about new technologies? - What do you most appreciate in your coworkers today? - What is a perfect workday like for you? I specifically avoid trap-style questions like “what is your greatest weakness?” or “why are you leaving your current job?” I recommend that you make a plan for what you want to learn about the candidate, e.g. “are they good at acquiring new skills?” or “do they share the same values as the team?” and then structure the interview around that. Be a non-toxic manager. Make your company look good during the interview process. Get better candidates. #jobs
Can we normalize communicating to a job applicant (whom has taken the time to interview) that you're not going to proceed with them, instead of ghosting them? I understand we're all busy but it's rude to leave people hanging when they've taken time to meet with you.
Emma Bostian (@EmmaBostian)Tue, 10 May 2022 08:11 +0000
Lessons learned from the recent job hunt (13 mins read).
A recap of the recent interview process with several companies, what I learned, and what others should know.
company messages to me as IC: "sorry, you don't have X years of experience in [very specific thing] so we are less interested" company messages to me as a line manager: "who cares if you have no experience in product eng? managers are managers! come manage our product eng team!"
kf (@kf)Fri, 08 Apr 2022 17:55 +0000
Fuck @raiser_bar for having their sales people say to a dear friend "I would have thought you'd want to hire the best engineers, not diverse ones" in response to being told that algo coding challenges are uninclusive and hurt diversity.
Liz Fong-Jones (方禮真) (@lizthegrey)Mon, 21 Mar 2022 15:10 GMT
Imagine getting on social media to brag about underpaying someone THOUSANDS of dollars. What an evil person twitter.com/jsttechcharge/…
too old, too tired, and too talented (@ieshabewriting)Sat, 29 Jan 2022 04:37 GMT
Always use free resources for your resume before you go to someone and pay for them to have it done. I promise there isn’t anything anyone can put in that resume for a crazy price that will get you hired.
The Nightmare Before Sailor Ghoul Licking Prada (@javavvitch)Thu, 06 Jan 2022 18:24 GMT
I’ve had a couple of wobbles recently and thought “maybe I should work full time somewhere” but tech recruitment and interview processes will probably always keep me freelance. I don’t think I could ever go through that rubbish again.
Andy Bell (@piccalilli_)Sun, 25 Apr 2021 07:47 +0000
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