5 signs that you should hire a programmer on the spot

Bringing a programmer in for an interview and a coding test can lead to some interesting experiences, both for the interviewer and the interviewee. Most end up with the hiring manager telling them that they'll "be in touch," but sometimes a candidate just nails it. That's when you consider extending a job offer before they … Continue reading 5 signs that you should hire a programmer on the spot

How to phone-screen programmers and not go insane

Technical phone screens are hard to do right. Yet, they serve an important role. They are the primary filter that ensures you only bring in appropriate candidates to spend valuable hours meeting your team. If you don’t phone-screen correctly, you’ll end up bringing in some real timewasters who don’t even come close to having the … Continue reading How to phone-screen programmers and not go insane

A Fake Google Interview

Imagine an engineer being interviewed at Google: "Have you seen our website?" "Oh sure, I've been to goggles.com." "Do you know what we do here?" "Something about searching, I think. You do some advertising too, right?" That's a ludicrous scenario only because Google is so well-known. Everyone interviewing there nowadays knows exactly what their website … Continue reading A Fake Google Interview