On Hiring Techies

I’ve had the good fortune to have worked on some incredible teams. The best teams I have been a part of each had a very structured and rigorous interview process. It took longer than average to hire new team members, but the tenure of team members was high and our attrition rates were unbelievably low. The teams gelled and that collaboration was reflected in the applications that we built.

Having an interview process like this leads to a lot of interviews over the course of my career – speaking with dozens, maybe hundreds, of potential candidates. I started writing this as a single blog post but it grew too large. Here’s what has worked for me, broken into a short blog series.

Evaluate Potential, Not Accomplishments
Coding Challenge
The Team Interview
Hire For Cultural Fit

Other Interviewing Inspiration

Johanna Rothman has some great books, articles and blogs on hiring technical people. She’s also an infinitely better writer than I, so I strongly suggest reading her work.

On Hiring Techies – Evaluate Potential, Not Accomplishments

This is a part of a series on Hiring Techies. Evaluate Potential, Not Accomplishments I don’t spend a ton of time reading resumes. Depending on the position we’re hiring for, I may look for a few critical skills but I’m mainly looking for themes that tell me that the candidate has a passion for technology. […]

On Hiring Techies – Hire For Cultural Fit

This is a part of a series on Hiring Techies. Hire For Cultural Fit I said it earlier, but it bears repeating: I can teach someone a new technology. I cannot teach someone how to fit into our culture. A lot of technical interviewers are laser focused on a candidate’s skill set. I’ve been asked […]

TDD: Back to Hand Rolled Stubs

I’m unashamedly an Agile practitioner and self-proclaimed enthusiast. It’s not a perfect way to build software, but I haven’t found anything better. And until I do, this is the approach I’m taking. Building Quality In One of the core principles of Agile is the focus of building quality in from the start, not asserting quality […]

Twinkle Toes Software – Looking back on my first year

Wow, it’s been a year since I founded Twinkle Toes Software. I thought this would be a good time for me to stop and reflect a bit on how its going and what I’ve learned. The Zero Entry Pool Approach Am I a “zero-entry” entrepreneur? I’m sure there are countless ways to approach starting a […]

Booked 2.5.9 release and some details about 2.6

Booked 2.5.9 was released earlier this week. I’ll wait while you go grab it. If you subscribe to our hosting service, you’re already updated. As far as minor releases go, this was a biggie. Some frequently requested features finally made it in, like showing custom attributes on reports, more options for what to show in […]