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Revisiting The Technical Interview

I’ve written about the technical interview before.  I’ve written both for and against code interviews.  And I’ve provided both C# and JavaScript questions to weed out fake programmers. But a little more experience under my belt has me rethinking what makes a good interview.

Now, you may wonder why I think I’m particularly qualified to speak about the interview process.  Most people who have opinions about the interview process in particular have it from only one side.  The one of being the guy looking for a job.  And, most of you only interview when you need a job.

What makes me qualified is that, I help interview people looking for a job and I interview for lots of jobs.  In my opinion, you should be interviewing for a job, even if you don’t need one, at least twice a year.  I interview more frequently than that.  In the last 6 months, I think I’ve interviewed at least 4 times.

So, let me start by telling you what the current interview process looks like, and why it doesn’t work.  Then, I’ll move on to the few interviews that I believe captured the information everyone was looking for quickly and how you can move the conversation in this direction regardless of what side of the table you are sitting on.

Revisiting The Technical Interview
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