Hiring for Potential vs. Experience

Posted in Hiring, Management

I’m a people optimist. When it comes to building and managing a team, this optimism manifests itself in trusting people on the team to do ultimately do the right thing. It may take them a …

Company Fit Matters

Posted in Hiring, Interview, Work

One difference I’ve noticed between those new to the software industry and those who’ve been around the block a few times is how selective they are about their jobs. Consequently, a piece of advice I’ve …

Building from the Fountain of Youth

Posted in Hiring, Thoughts

A few months ago, I opined on that hiring not just A-players is a legitimate strategy; the gist was that, for most jobs and business models, “A players” simply were not required for all positions. …

The Right and the Wrong Kind of Recruiters

Posted in Hiring, Rant

Maybe it’s hiring season, but I had a particularly bad day today fending off tech recruiters. I count: 4 LinkedIn requests 2 random emails[1] 23 unsolicited cold calls Sadly, the increasing volume of spam no …

Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk

Posted in Engineering, Hiring

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on my software engineering career as a software engineer. I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly exceptional developers, and while most of them weren’t great teachers[1], they nonetheless impart …

Hiring, Interviews, and Being Productive

Posted in Hiring

I was pleasantly informed by one of our new Squares yesterday that some of my writing had helped him with his interviews at Square and front-end web development in general. Here are some relevant links that …

Right Talent for the Job

Posted in Hiring

If it’s not evident already, I think and write a lot about the interview and hiring process for engineers at software companies. Getting good people in the door, verifying their greatness, and then convincing them …

Developer Entitlement

Posted in Engineering, Hiring

I guess it was inevitable that software developers let the current talent crunch get into their heads. Recruiters continue to spam anyone who can slap two lines of code together, so developers are feeling pretty …

Some Thoughts on Engineering Salaries

Posted in Hiring

Today I saw an article from Hacker News about a Googler’s salary and the subsequent reaction from the community. For some, it’s a shock how fast engineering salaries have jumped in the past ~2 years; …

Stop Trying to Hire Just “A” Players

Posted in Hiring, Startups

Interviewing and hiring sure has become a hot topic recently in the tech. space, from startups to big companies. From problems with technical interviews to major companies acqu-hiring startups for their engineers to analyzing talent …