Lessons learned from interviewing 400+ engineers
Engineering Impact is a weekly newsletter that highlights trends in engineering leadership, productivity, culture, and scaling development teams.
This week features posts on: Hiring, Data-Driven Engineering, Product, Effective Teams, and Leadership.
Marco Rogers, Director of Engineering at Lever, shares the good, bad and ugly of what he’s learned interviewing engineering candidates over the past 7 years. Get an inside look at the “soft skills” he screens for, a sample on-site interview schedule, and an overview of the system he uses to strengthen candidate pool and diversity of his engineering team.
Matt Aimonetti, Co-founder & CTO at Splice, summarizes his journey as a founding CTO and the framework he’s adopted to move beyond gut feelings when evaluating growth.
Swapna Malekar, Sr Manager of Product with RBC, breaks down how massive orgs run product development through stages of innovation, ideation, incubation, and commercialization.
John Yoder, VPE with AppFolio, on the mental model he uses to answer the question “Who are your ‘best’ engineers?” TL;DR: it depends, but the matrix proposed by Scott Ford of Corgibytes is a useful starting point.
Brad Armstrong, Engineering Manager with Code42, reflects on the awkward transition from senior engineer to junior manager. “I‘m not here to pretend that I’ve got the secret to success. But I do know a few ways that I’m pretty sure can guarantee you’ll fail.”
Ben Thompson is a co-founder at GitPrime where he leads design and customer experience. He is a Y Combinator alumni, with a background in product design, branding, and UX design. Follow @thebent on Twitter.
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