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 […]
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 […]
Google Hangouts and Collabedit are the future – you can really interview folks remotely if you’re willing to do a little work ahead of time.
So you’re thinking it’s time to leave Microsoft? Here’s how you can be prepared technically, so you aren’t surprised when you go off to interview (especially at startups).
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.
How do you let companies know you’re excited about the position, without coming across like a slobbering puppy or an above-it-all jerk? Here are some guardrails.
Rejection is hard. Here are some ways to deal with it, and a task or two to avoid.
It’s nice that you’d like a month to decide whether to take that job, but in the real world, you need to make a decision.
Your initial contact with a recruiter or hiring manager sets the impression that you get the job and the level of experience necessary for it. Make sure all your communications reflect that.
Your first question reflects your level and highly predicts your likelihood of going forward for this position. In that first question, I’m learning about what’s important to you, what level you’re at, (often) if you were listening, and (sometimes) how insightful you are. This is all in your first 20 words.