Category Archives: interviewing

Interviewers: GDPR has taken away the “liability” excuse for not providing feedback

I find it puzzling that companies are not open to sharing what went into the “no hire” decision. The usual excuse is “liability”: Since many companies don’t share any kind of detailed post-interview feedback (beyond a yes/no) with candidates for … Continue reading

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Basic Interviewing Guidelines

Like all good meetings, an interview must have an agenda and an objective. Interview Objective Interviews are broken up in to different sessions. Determine the objective of each session ensures that all needed aspects of the position will be evaluated. … Continue reading

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How to change jobs and careers

A while ago I wrote this post about the elusive hunt for “rockstars” In it I had this table which showed things from the employers perspective: Good at doing Bad at doing Like to do “Rockstar” Sweet spot“future rockstars” Hate … Continue reading

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why people bother to interview here – if you can’t teach (Part 2)

Part 1 was a technical question that I ask because so many “strong” developers cannot answer that technical Java question. Part 2, is more about the valuable soft skill of teaching. One of my standard questions that candidates constantly struggle … Continue reading

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PASSIONATELY answer questions in an interview

Lots of books talk about how to interview, research a job, etc. I have interviewed many software developers. As a result, in 5 minutes I can tell how many years of experience a developer has, how good they are and … Continue reading

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why people bother to interview here (Part 1)

I have just gotten out of yet another interview with a “senior” Java candidate who doesn’t know threading at all. Please don’t claim you are a senior candidate unless you can answer this basic question. public class Foo { public … Continue reading

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