As a programmer and a recruiter, I tend to read my candidates’ take-home technical tests before submitting them. I’m pretty sure it’d be completely wrong to give anyone feedback on their completed tests before submitting them to my clients, so I’ve instead built-up non-specific pre-test advice over the years, which seems fair to send to … Continue reading 21 things to check before you submit your technical test
There’s a limit to how much a company can actually find out about a job seeker in an interview, and in my opinion that’s pretty much limited to: Can the job seeker appear kind of normal for a few hours? Are they able to provide some evidence about the skills they claim to have? While … Continue reading Different types of technical interview, and how to handle them
One of the core concepts on this site is the idea that the more you understand a process, the better equipped you’ll be to work with it. The more you understand the recruitment process, the more you’ll have a good idea of what questions to ask a potential employer and what to do with that … Continue reading Knowledge is power: Why are they hiring a new developer?
We’ve already covered that technical interviews are often primarily about not being too weird and that you should really try and show your working when solving programming questions in interviews. But you should also try to make answers about technical subjects interesting. When you’re being asked technical questions, the point is not seeing whether or … Continue reading Technical Interviews: Interesting is normally more important than right
When I was in grade-school math class, the teachers would always implore us to show our working. When answering a question, you wouldn’t always get to the right answer, but if you could show you’d approach the problem in the right way then there were still marks to be awarded. You should take exactly the … Continue reading Technical Interviews: Show Your Working
The more you understand the process of an upcoming technical interview, the more you’ll be setting yourself up for success. The more you know what to expect, the more confident you’re likely to be in the interview itself. What’s below is a list of things I’d recommend trying to find out before the interview. Some … Continue reading Minimum Viable Interview Research
Every company sucks at interviewing. Plenty of companies (and individuals at companies) think they’re really really good at interviewing, but mostly they’ve just gotten lucky. You’re never going to learn in a 2 to 12 hour interview programme what it’ll be like to sit next to someone day to day, share large bodies of work … Continue reading Can you pretend to be normal for up to two hours?