The Art of Interviewing

Interviewing is surely an art!

Appropriate questions coupled with a prudent approach will do the job. But, then how many interviewers really do it properly. Here’s some of the wisdom I’d like to share:

* A 5-min phone conversation is not enough evidence to prove if a programmer is fit for the team.

* A whiteboard exercise to solve a technical test is an API memory test and should be banished.

* Whiteboard is good for discussing technical architectures and that’s exactly what it should be used for.

* Giving a tough maths question to solve as a technical test is not going to reveal a candidate’s understanding of HTTP protocol. Keep things relevant to the job.

* Follow KISS (Keep it Simple stupid) principle. Programmers like to program. So, give them a relevant problem and a computer and let them do what they like to do.

* Not remembering the entire programming language API is not a bad thing unless you work in a bunker, cut off from the rest of the world.

That’s all for now.

About andhapp

Namastey (Hello) Stranger, This is not the geekiest blog on the planet yet it is not the dumbest one either. I am a small time developer who likes to explore new technologies. I usually program in Java, Groovy and Ruby and take keen interest in the surrounding geeky developments.
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