Effective Job Interviewing From Both Sides of the Desk

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  • 1. Interviewing From Both Sides of the Desk Andy Lester, Land The Tech Job You Love http://theworkinggeek.com/ andy@theworkinggeek.com
  • 2. Understand your role in the process.
  • 3. Interviewer + candidate want the same thing.
  • 4. Hiring manager's task • "Can this guy do the job?" • "Do I want this guy working for me?" • "Do I want this guy on my team?" • Convince candidate that yours is a company to work for.
  • 5. Candidate's task • "Can I do the job?" • Convince the HM you can do the job. • Get a job offer, or move closer to it.
  • 6. After the offer • "Do I want to work for this guy?" • "Do I want to work on this team?"
  • 7. Conversation, not interrogation.
  • 8. Your interview is your first day on the job.
  • 9. Preparing the day before
  • 10. Preparing the day before • Clear your schedule. • Prepare to get there. • Prepare what you're going to take with you. • Include a portfolio of work if you can. • Prepare your own questions.
  • 11. Asking & answering questions
  • 12. Good questions a/k/a "I hate those!"
  • 13. Tell me about yourself.
  • 14. Tell me about yourself. • Did she do any research? • Is she prepared? • How does she speak? • Does she take pride in her work? • What else should I ask about?
  • 15. Where do you want to be in five years?
  • 16. Where do you want to be in five years? • Does he have any sort of plan? • Does he work on self-improvement? • Will I have a place for him?
  • 17. What is your greatest weakness?
  • 18. Why do you want to work for us? - and - What do you know about our company?
  • 19. Why do you want to work for us? • Has she done research? • Is this just another job for her? • What drives her?
  • 20. Tell me about a project that didn't go well. - or - Tell me about a teammate you've had trouble with.
  • 21. Tell me about a project that didn't go well. • Is he a blamer/whiner? • Can he learn from mistakes? • How are his personal skills?
  • 22. Candidate questions
  • 23. What's a day like?
  • 24. What sorts of projects will I be working on?
  • 25. What will the first day be like? First month?
  • 26. Is this a new position, or are you replacing? What happened?
  • 27. Tell me about the team I'll be joining.
  • 28. Can I meet the team I'll be joining?
  • 29. Show you can do the job.
  • 30. Show you can do it. • Diagnose a dead PC. • Write some code. • Assess design problems on a web page. • Participate in a code review. • Critique a network diagram.
  • 31. Always ask for the job.
  • 32. Debrief after.
  • 33. Debrief after. • Thoughts • Impressions • Stories • Follow-up
  • 34. Recap • Your awesomeness is not self-evident. • Think like the hiring manager. • You and the hiring manager both want the same thing. • Speak in terms of time and money. • Interview is first day on the job.
  • 35. andy@theworkinggeek.com http://theworkinggeek.com