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This talk aims to give practical, real-world advice for engineering teams hoping to grow quickly in a competitive hiring climate. Based upon our first thousand hiring days, Wherry will discuss Meebo’s mistakes and growing pains as they grew their initial engineering team. This will include learning how to find talent, balancing project schedules with interviews, evaluating candidates, and how they evolved Meebo’s interview process based upon their experiences.
Meebo’s hiring history:
What we learned:
Hiring urban legends:
Our three interview criteria:
Meebo’s favorite interview questions
Meebo’s favorite reference questions
Overview of Meebo’s current interview process:
Practical interview tips
New team members
Elaine is a co-founder of meebo.com in Mountain View, California. She majored in Symbolic Systems at Stanford and upon graduating, joined Synaptics and led their Usability team for several years. In 2005, she started meebo with two friends from Stanford, Seth Sternberg and Elaine Wherry. Shortly thereafter, Nielsen/NetRatings named meebo the fastest-growing IM destination in the US – ahead of Google Talk and Skype Messenger. Investors include Sequoia Capital and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Elaine plays the violin and migrated west to California after growing up on a goat farm.