Hiring the right people is arguably the biggest factor in the success of your organization. Unfortunately, evaluating candidates for software engineering roles is a remarkably difficult problem. Software engineering requires a blend of concrete skills and vague characteristics such as creativity and problem solving that are difficult to define, let alone evaluate, in an unbiased way in limited time.
Moishe Lettvin discusses what he’s seen work (and fail) in his dozen years of hiring and interviewing at a handful of tech companies. Along the way, Moishe shares innovative hiring techniques used at MailChimp and strategies and principles to reduce bias and make interviewing as creative and interesting as software engineering itself at your organization.
Moishe Lettvin is a software engineer at MailChimp working on backend projects. Moishe has been writing software since the ‘80s, when he worked on DOS TSR written in a combination of Pascal and Assembly. Since then, he’s worked on projects from Microsoft Outlook to Google App Engine. Once upon a time, Moishe made a CRT explode with a software bug.
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