An email in your inbox. A conversation with your boss. The company is hiring, and you’re to be part of it. You’re going to be an interviewer. Maybe you get some legal training, but soon enough you’re out there experimenting—with someone else’s career. Aside from the odd polite note from a candidate following up, you get no feedback, so how do you know what you’re doing well (or not)?
Tech industry interviews are often particularly adversarial. The coding on the whiteboard. The ominous silence. But just because the experience was bad for you doesn’t mean you need to perpetuate it, even if you’re participating in a broken system you don’t believe in. Cate Huston offers concrete strategies for making the part of the experience you control better for the interviewee and discusses how hiring managers can help your team be better interviewers too.
Cate Huston is director of mobile engineering at Ride. Cate has lived and worked in the UK, Australia, Canada, China, and the United States, previously as an engineer at Google, an Extreme Blue intern at IBM, and a ski instructor. She built Show & Hide (available on iTunes) and speaks internationally on mobile development. Her writing has been published on sites as varied as Be Leaderly, Lifehacker, the Daily Beast, the Eloquent Woman, and Model View Culture. She is an advisor at Glowforge, cocurates Technically Speaking, blogs at Accidentally in Code, and is @catehstn on Twitter.
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