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Hiring Engineers

About the Book

When you're a software engineer no one ever talks to you about how to recruit, interview and ultimately hire other software engineers. And yet every technical organization lives or dies by its ability to acquire top talent. They can't do it without the input of experts like you. Marianne Bellotti ended up in this world completely by accident. Five years later she has built successful hiring pipelines in some of the most technically backwards and bureaucratic environments in the world. Hiring Engineers is her tour of the hiring process from the perspective of the software engineer. What do you need to know? How do you get good at interviewing? How do you write questions that everyone can use? Hiring may never be your passion, but Hiring Engineers can teach you how to thrive while doing it.

About the Author

Marianne Bellotti
Marianne Bellotti

Marianne Bellotti runs Core Services at Rebellion Defense. She spends 80% of her work time thinking about how to build great engineering teams and 20% thinking about temporal logic. She also sometimes plays with mainframes. For more of her writing, check out her technical blog.

Table of Contents

  • Overview of the Pipeline
    • Hiring Pipelines Are About Communication
    • My Experience
    • How This Book is Organized
    • What’s Out of Scope
    • When Should You Standardize Your Pipeline?
  • Core Competencies
    • Groups -vs- Individuals
    • How Many Competencies Should We Have?
    • Developing Core Competencies
    • Core Competencies and the Career Ladder
    • Refreshing Competencies
    • Takeaways
  • Defining Antipatterns
    • Antipatterns at Different Scopes
    • Where to Post Antipatterns
    • Avoid Moving Targets
    • Beware of Specification Fatigue
    • Takeaways
  • Opening Applications
    • Position Descriptions
    • Sourcing Candidates
    • Resume Reviews
    • Takeways
  • Question Development
    • Composition
    • Types of Interview Questions
    • Writing Rubrics
    • Considerations
    • Developing a Question Pool
    • Takeaways
  • The Loop
    • Types of Interviews
    • Breakpoints
    • Candidate Experience
    • Managing Interviewers
    • Don’t Panic!
    • Takeaways
  • Training Interviewers
    • The Hiring Theory
    • Training
    • Shadowing
    • Pairing
    • Writing Feedback
    • Takeaways
  • Hiring Decision
    • Hiring Manager -vs- Hiring Committees
    • The Hiring Manager’s Vote
    • If It’s a Maybe, It’s a No
    • Takeaways
  • Conclusions
    • Pipeline goals at every level
    • Hiring Should Be Fun
  • Notes

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