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Hiring for Hackers


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Pete Soderling presents tactics an engineer can use to successfully attract the best developers, explaining how to effectively tell the story of your product & tech to attract the best and brightest. Filmed at

Pete Soderling is the founder of g33ktalk, an international community of startup software engineers. He is a self-taught engineer who has developed online platforms & applications since the early days of the internet. For the past 5 years, Pete has worked as a engineering ambassador helping companies such as Amazon, Tumblr, IHeartRadio, TaskRabbit, NBC Universal.

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Hiring for Hackers

  1. 1. Hiring Hacks for Engineers
  2. 2. News & Community Site • 750,000 unique visitors/month • Published in 4 languages (English, Chinese, Japanese and Brazilian Portuguese) • Post content from our QCon conferences • News 15-20 / week • Articles 3-4 / week • Presentations (videos) 12-15 / week • Interviews 2-3 / week • Books 1 / month Watch the video with slide synchronization on! /team-hiring-techniques
  3. 3. Presented at QCon New York Purpose of QCon - to empower software development by facilitating the spread of knowledge and innovation Strategy - practitioner-driven conference designed for YOU: influencers of change and innovation in your teams - speakers and topics driving the evolution and innovation - connecting and catalyzing the influencers and innovators Highlights - attended by more than 12,000 delegates since 2007 - held in 9 cities worldwide
  4. 4. Who am I?
  5. 5. Why should you care?
  6. 6. Engineers as hot girls?
  7. 7. It’s a marketing problem!
  8. 8. Maximize referrals!
  9. 9. Push screening to the edge!
  10. 10. Carefully craft your story!
  11. 11. Stop writing boring job specs!
  12. 12. Have an interview strategy
  13. 13. Build engineering brand
  14. 14. Advertise an OS culture
  15. 15. Double down on university recruiting
  16. 16. Release an OS project
  17. 17. Stay in touch w/ passive candidates
  18. 18. Thank you! @petesoder
  19. 19. Watch the video with slide synchronization on! hiring-techniques