This week’s links look at various approaches that small tech companies take.
- On Hiring Good Engineers
Preaches mindset over CV. “A simple approach to interviewing doesn’t deserve a long blog post. I ask questions which reveal the professional inquisitiveness characteristic of problem solvers. The questions are mostly freeform, and they do not require paper and pencil. The questions are hard to impossible to prepare for, and in most cases the specifics of the candidate’s answer matter less than the way the answer is delivered. How long the answer is, the degree of animation, articulation of clear opinions.”
- Hiring Developers: You’re Doing It Wrong
Interviews are insufficent. Whiteboard coding exercises don’t capture nuance. Better to judge code that you will actually use and examine the candidate’s mindset.
- How to Hire a Programmer
Seven steps. Focus on fit after you weed out the wannabes.
- How We Hire Developers at Treehouse
Four filter questions, interview, generate code that will be used by the company.
- How Effective Are Tech Interviews
Read the comments
- I Fu**ed Up
Legendary programmer talks about the fact that coding always involve screwups (bugs). A coder who can’t say “I f***ed up” isn’t a good coder.
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