Software engineering interview experiences don't have to be terrible.
Thread on my best software engineering interview experience.
👇🏼 (Thanks @PaulYacoubian for the idea)
I went to their website and applied.
They had an open field that said "Tell me something we should know about you".
I wrote about how I was a career switcher, had kids, went to school while working full time, etc.
They emailed me back a few days later and sent me a calendly link to schedule my first interview.
Letting the candidate choose a time for an interview is a small detail but is great for reducing candidate stress.
My interviewer mentioned and asked tons of questions about the free-response field I had filled out earlier.
1- Pair programming with one engineer. Pass/Fail to next round
2- Pair programming session with 3 engineers in one day. Pass/Fail to next round
3- Talks with executive folks
4 - Offer
All the people I paired with were friendly and low-ego.
I spoke with ~10 people each time I interviewed, and I could tell that each of them had read my application closely.
They showed a general interest in me!
Contrast this to other interviews I've had where they seemed almost bothered I was there
I never felt in the dark.
They biased towards responding quickly. The whole interview felt well thought out.
The interview closely approximated what a day in the life of working at the company would be like. No algorithm questions.
The talks with the executives went great too. They were transparent about the needs, what they were looking for, growth trajectory, etc.
The offer was for an internship in NYC. I live in Texas. Couldn't miss his birth.
I felt bad but they were very understanding. The recruiter also recently found out they were having a child and he sounded excited for us!
We chatted back and forth for a few weeks over email on babies, software development, etc.
It felt very human and it made a huge impression on me.
I emailed the recruiter and he started the process over for me again. It was mostly the same but just as pleasant.
If you put the candidate experience first, your interview process can be another form of PR/Marketing for your hiring funnel
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Issues pane, powered by @webhintio, listing accessibility issues with explanations why these are problems, links to more info and direct links to the tools where to fix the problem. https://t.co/4K5RynHhbg
The inspect element overlay showing accessibility relevant information of the element, including contrast information, ARIA name, role and if it can be focused via keyboard.
Colour picker with contrast information offering colours that are AA/AAA compliant. You can also see compliant colours indicated by a line on the colour patch.
Note: the current algorithm fails to take font weight into consideration, that's why there will be a new one.
Vision deficit ("colour blindness") emulation. You can see what your product looks like for different visitors.
DEAD PEOPLE SCORED FOR BUFFALO!
A truck delivered off a suitcase full of points at halftime from Canada for Buffalo.
I’ll be submitting sworn affidavits from Steelers fans than they saw the Buffalo rigging the game but I want to emphasize that I’m not under oath.
- scale a HoldCo
- focused on a portfolio of software & digital-forward assets
- serving niche and/or traditionally sleepy verticals
A playbook to follow...
But first... why is there opportunity?
- software is eating the world (& APIs are eating software)
- there are great product opp's for those who know where to look
- theres no real competition
- SaaS/subscription is the best delivery model out there (build once, sell twice+)
And why now?
We’re entering what I call the ‘Deployment Era’ ... where more traditional (sleepy) businesses will increasingly leverage software/tech to improve their model
And the best part is... we're on the front-end of riding this longer-term wave
So what does this mean?
Software (& other digital-first products) will eat more of the ‘traditional SMB’ stack
But most aren’t focused here bc it isn’t sexy or cool…
Which is where the opp is for those who have the right deal nose & know what to build & for who
There is big opportunity to build/scale in overlooked places...
Where you can build/acquire assets that have the best econ delivery model (SaaS/sub), w/ low competition, where you have an inside edge/know everyone in industry, & can do it when no one is looking
There were only 18 heralds for all the talks. It was really hard to pull off, this conference also started a news show. #rc3
Next is the heaven team. 1487 total angels volunteered of which 710 arrived. 76 weeks worth of work hours were done by the angels. They prepared a few goodies for the RC3 world. Badges were given to show angels. Tried to keep traditions from the conference on RC3 world. #rc3
Huge thanks to all the angels who volunteered. This conference would not be possible with the help of everyone. #rc3
Next team is the signal angels, this is the first time that people had to do remote Q&A. The procedure was quite different to the in person event. There were 157 shifts filled by 61 angels. There were 5 unfilled shifts. #rc3
STEP 1. Create a head
create a triangle and rotate it so that it looks like a head
STEP 2. Create smile and ear
We have a pseudo elements in CSS, so we can create smile and ear using head::after and head::before
STEP 3. Create eyes
This is the most trickiest part because in order to make an eye we have to create
- One bigger white circle
- then a small black pupil inside white circle
- then a small white reflection in black pupil
Let's create a outer white circle first
STEP 3(I). Create a black pupil
We can create pupil using pseudo element
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1. IQ is one of the most heritable psychological traits – that is, individual differences in IQ are strongly associated with individual differences in genes (at least in fairly typical modern environments). https://t.co/3XxzW9bxLE
2. The heritability of IQ *increases* from childhood to adulthood. Meanwhile, the effect of the shared environment largely fades away. In other words, when it comes to IQ, nature becomes more important as we get older, nurture less. https://t.co/UqtS1lpw3n
3. IQ scores have been increasing for the last century or so, a phenomenon known as the Flynn effect. https://t.co/sCZvCst3hw (N ≈ 4 million)
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4. IQ predicts many important real world outcomes.
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- Have a lot of emails in the waiting list
- Become #1 on PH
- Become #1 of HN or Reddit
- Have people that saing "I'll pay"
- Have a lot of free users
The best way to know if they're actually pay for it.
The only thing that matters is your product providing a value, and you can't know this until people will pay money for it.
We can have a first signal of a product/market fit after the launch by check how many sales we've got in the first 24h. Some scale:
200+ This has a high potential.
100+: This has a potential.
50+: Some people need it.
10+: People almost don't need it.
0+: People don't need it.
This is for a single time payment product. For a subscription probably it should be less because people hate subscription.
And obviously, you should have a lot of traffic like 3-5k+.
Here is a stat for my products (macOS apps) for the first 24h after the launch:
If you are compromising too much, there is a chance that you are getting manipulated.
Why are you the one that's always compromising?
How come the other person always gets their way?
Be more curious.
If something seems off, stick up for yourself.
'Wait, you sure I am being manipulated?'
I have no clue, that is only something that you can decide for yourself.
'Dang is there anything I need to look out for?'
But let me give you a few things to look out for.
I see manipulation as skillfully controlling someone's behavior for egotistical or unethical purposes.
'How come people don't leave when it's happening to them?'
Because most people have 0 clue that they are being manipulated.
1. Guilt Trip
You ever made a mistake around someone, only for them to hold it over your head?
The will always bring up the mistake when you 2 are not seeing eye to eye.
These people will use that mistake as leverage to get what they want from you in the future.
2. The Rationalizer
This person will commit the worst acts & find a way to rationalize it.
Example: cheaters when they get caught.
They have every excuse in the book for why they did it.
Heck, they are so good at rationalizing, they will make it seem like your fault.