Published on July 11, 2009
Interviewing From Both Sides of the Desk Andy Lester, Land The Tech Job You Love http://theworkinggeek.com/ email@example.com
Understand your role in the process.
Interviewer + candidate want the same thing.
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.
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.
After the offer • "Do I want to work for this guy?" • "Do I want to work on this team?"
Conversation, not interrogation.
Your interview is your ﬁrst day on the job.
Preparing the day before
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.
Asking & answering questions
Good questions a/k/a "I hate those!"
Tell me about yourself.
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?
Where do you want to be in ﬁve years?
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?
What is your greatest weakness?
Why do you want to work for us? - and - What do you know about our company?
Why do you want to work for us? • Has she done research? • Is this just another job for her? • What drives her?
Tell me about a project that didn't go well. - or - Tell me about a teammate you've had trouble with.
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?
What's a day like?
What sorts of projects will I be working on?
What will the ﬁrst day be like? First month?
Is this a new position, or are you replacing? What happened?
Tell me about the team I'll be joining.
Can I meet the team I'll be joining?
Show you can do the job.
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.
Always ask for the job.
Debrief after. • Thoughts • Impressions • Stories • Follow-up
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.
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