Software Engineers: How to Demonstrate Your EQ During Interviews

You’ve practiced dozens of coding challenges online, rehearsed how to explain your deep technical knowledge, and have spent a good hour researching the company you’re interviewing with – you’re well-positioned to ace your next interview – almost. As home to Seattle’s top software engineering consultants, we work closely with area businesses to understand exactly what […]

Pitching Your Company to Candidates

Getting attention in a crowded recruiting market requires a clear pitch with an honest voice and many, many fewer adjectives than you might have imagined. Here’s a way to build your pitch.

Don’t Lower the Bar, Widen the Net

Can’t find an exact match for your skill list? Go broad (include more skills) rather than shallow (reducing the required talent level). With pretty pictures! Don’t miss it.

Hiring, Auditions, and Interviewing For Success

Today Sam Altman, one of the Y Combinator partners, posted an article called How to Hire. There’s much to agree with in here, and a few points that I think are wrongheaded (mostly around the overused-and-underdefined phrase “culture fit”, and some assertions which are really just ageism), but the point that generated the most discussion […]

Avoiding Zombie Startups

Life is too short to be stuck at a zombie startup – a company that’s not going anywhere at any speed. Here’s a plan for identifying companies worth avoiding (or leaving) while you find your Next Big Thing(TM).

Rooster Park Geeks Give Back

This last week, Rooster Park staff participated in Vittana‘s Geeks Give Back challenge. Vittana is a local organization with a global mission: to help raise people out of poverty by supporting their educational process through microloans. It’s an amazing team and mission, growing fast, with a >99.8% repayment rate from their students. I’m insanely pleased […]

Creating a synchronous hiring process

Successful recruiting requires momentum, and you keep that momentum by making sure the recruiting process is synchronous – that each step isn’t complete until the next one is set up. You’ll reduce your lag time by 90% and improve candidate conversion.

The P’s of Onboarding a Recruiter

When you’re bringing on a new recruiter (or you’re a recruiter bringing on a client), having some structure to that initial conversation can be helpful. Here are the four areas to cover when you start.