After interviewing and hiring hundreds of engineers over the past 12+ years I have come up with a few checklists. I wanted to share one of those with you so you could conduct comprehensive interviews of QA Engineers for your team.
I use this checklist when I review incoming resumes and during the interview. It keeps me from missing areas that ensure a good team and technology fit. I hope you make good use of them. If you think there are good questions or topics that I have missed - get in touch with me!
A few weeks ago our Board of Directors asked me to present my assessment of the state of software.
I was hired to organize and grow the software team and the directors wanted to know what kind of a team we needed to build. I was hoping that I can just reference an article somewhere that would give me the answer, unfortunately I didn’t find anything suitable. During my research I did find some great material that will be helpful if your job is to put together a highly effective software team.
A highly effective software team has the following key characteristics: dependable, committed to shared goals, passionate about technology, respectful and compassionate. These are not limited to technology industry, it can easily apply to finance, medicine, or sports as well. Below is the summary and references that I found.
If you are creating a software product, you need to deliver your software to your users. Your users need to know that you are able to solve their problems on …
I’ve interviewed probably over 500 engineering and management candidates over the last several years. There have been a lot of really smart people who have applied at DocuSign, Microsoft and Tempo Automation. A surprising number of them didn’t have a clear answer to these two essential questions:
Why are you interested in joining our team?Why should we be interested in you?
If you are an applicant, having a prepared answer for these questions is critical. If you are a hiring manager, you should ask them and have a clear answer to these questions at the end of the first interaction with your future team mate.
In a field where work is somewhat predictable and static, those questions are less critical, but in software development perseverance, ingenuity and focus make all the difference. These are the two main questions that will separate a subpar and a superb hire.
When I discuss those two questions with an applicant I try to go below the surface. Generic answers like “it says you ar…