Every engineering department says it wants to hire the very best, but few actually do. Most coding interviews focus on programming language knowledge and trivia. But companies that hire the very best ask questions that go much deeper. In this session, you will discover what hiring managers at “elite” companies look for when hiring developers, architects and program managers. Discover why, in some cases, it’s far more important that engineers exhibit “soft skills” like communication, structured thinking and creativity than exhibit proficiency in a specific language. Gayle, author of three books on interviewing (for devs and PMs), will “reverse engineer” her coaching and advice to hopeful candidates, to help recruiters screen and select the ever-elusive A-players, gurus, rock stars, and ninjas.