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How to give a technical software interview

I’m a software developer at a small startup. I'm giving a technical interview next week. My CTO will be doing the interview with me, and wants me to ask several algorithms/data structures whiteboard questions. I have very little experience either giving or receiving technical interviews, no traditional CS background, and am stressed out by whiteboard coding (also just socially anxious in general). What questions should I ask? [more inside]
posted by introcosm on Sep 30, 2014 - 13 answers

Explain this whole "practice interview" thing to me.

If I'm interviewing with companies just for my own benefit -- to practice interviewing, to learn more about what kinds of compensation I might command, even to see what kinds of jobs are out there that might be a good fit for me -- and know early on that I'm not interested in ACTUALLY working for the company, how far into the process can I get without being a total jerk? [more inside]
posted by StockingMarionette on Aug 28, 2014 - 19 answers

How do I know if a company is incompetent or just informal?

What should someone coming from outside the tech sector know about HR practices in dotcoms or companies of that ilk? (Specific questions about communication.) [more inside]
posted by psoas on Jul 15, 2014 - 27 answers

How do I craft my resume and job search to find a job I will love?

I had been developing what I thought was a good career, but now I've hit a bump in the road and I'm experiencing frustration in finding a employer I want to stick with. I don't like the last few places I worked at and I'm not proud of the work I did while there. Please help me decide how to craft my resume and job search! More (wall of text) inside... [more inside]
posted by cristinacristinacristina on Jul 2, 2014 - 7 answers

How do I put a botched interview behind me?

I goofed on a technical question that I have little doubt cost me the job. Chalk it up to nerves, or not understanding the question properly... Whatever the reason, I have been beating myself up about this since the interview, which was a week ago. Perhaps I have a lot of preconceived notions on how much better I would enjoy my work if I got this job, which is making it that much more difficult to swallow. It also has made me question my competency in my field, and I catch myself putting myself down on occasion. How do I get myself out of this funk and accept these past events for what they are, and stop beating myself up about it?
posted by helios410 on Apr 9, 2014 - 15 answers

Current Job wants me to tell them if I'm looking. Weird?

Boss has asked me to let her know if I'm looking. I think it's weird. Am I right? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2014 - 32 answers

How do I turn down a job candidate after an extended interview process?

I run a small organization, just a few employees, and I am close to filling one of our open positions. What is the etiquette for breaking the bad news to an unsuccessful job candidate who has patiently participated in a drawn-out interview process? [more inside]
posted by inatizzy on Mar 4, 2014 - 21 answers

How to interview someone on camera? (Not for a job.)

Part of my job as a writer should be interviewing interesting people—tech types, fashion designers, musicians, etc. Except I get absolutely panicky when I do it. I have to fly overseas to interview three high-level dudes on camera this Thursday, and I'm already stage-frightey. I hate it. Google search terms, resources, tips, anecdotes, words of encouragement, hugs? [more inside]
posted by ulfberht on Jan 3, 2014 - 9 answers

Best long-form interviewers ever? Podcast, TV, etc

What long-form interviewers would be great ones to study and internalize? I've got my own list (Cavett, Rose, Maron, etc) but curious as to what you think.
posted by michaeldunaway on Dec 8, 2013 - 16 answers

So I love your digs and all…

How to tell a company I’d like to telecommute? Should I take the job if they don’t agree to it? [more inside]
posted by Dotty on Nov 25, 2013 - 6 answers

How can you tell if you did well in a coding interview?

(Aside from the recruiter calling you back, that is.) Thought I did well, but no reply so far, and I'm trying to process what's going on and calibrate my expectations in the future. [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau on Nov 1, 2013 - 14 answers

Hired based on a phone call and one copy draft alone - is Google crazy?

A friend of mine was just offered a temp-to-hire content writing job with Google without ever meeting actual people. Is this not unusual? [more inside]
posted by Ink-stained wretch on Oct 29, 2013 - 6 answers

Non-techie needs help with startup interviews!

I need resources for dealing with the vague job descriptions, short interview lead time, and sometimes nonexistent web presences that are apparently typical of startups. [more inside]
posted by ziggly on May 28, 2013 - 13 answers

Questions to ask during a post-project interview with an artist?

What are some interesting and provocative questions I could ask an entertainer upon his completion of an ambitious year-long project? [more inside]
posted by chudmonkey on May 14, 2013 - 3 answers

I want to take a family history. There may be a cultural barrier. Tips?

I've always wanted to learn about my family's history. I have an aunt who is nearing 75 and according to my father, she knows the most about my family. I was thinking of interviewing her this summer. [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on May 14, 2013 - 8 answers

Do you have advice for an MPP student ISO research position job?

I'm starting graduate school in the fall: yay! I need to learn an entirely new set of norms around interviews, resumes, etc: oh no! I have a meeting set up with the head of a research institute where I'd LOVE to work there while I'm studying. What do I say? What's OK to ask for? [more inside]
posted by blandcamp on May 13, 2013 - 3 answers

HR interview followup

When a company invites you in to interview for a professional position, you spend half a day speaking with multiple people, and then they choose to not contact you in any way regarding the outcome of their search - - is that 100% douchebaggery, or are there legitimate HR/legal reasons they might behave this way? To be clear, I'm just talking about sending a quick email saying, thanks for coming in, we've made a decision, best of luck in future.
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Mar 28, 2013 - 23 answers

Interviewing etiquette with German companies

I'm an American interviewing with several companies based in Berlin. These are small Internet companies with fewer than 100 employees. In both cases, the first Skype interview has (seemingly) gone well and I've followed up via email to thank them for the opportunity and reiterate my interest. However, I have not received anything in return after 10+ days. Is this typical? Does silence on their end indicate a lack of interest in proceeding any further? Or should I continue to follow up until I receive an explicit reply, as is typical in the U.S. (in my experience)? You can reach me at interviewing@fastmail.fm if necessary. Thanks!
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2013 - 6 answers

explain finding and getting a job like Im a 5 year old

What are the must-have books on getting a job in addition to What Color is Your Parachute? [more inside]
posted by Mr. Papagiorgio on Mar 4, 2013 - 15 answers

What Are Some Tips on Doing Quality Phone Interviews for Publication?

I'm starting to get bids to do phone interviews with touring artists and have never done this kind of thing before - can the Mefiverse give me good tips on how to capture/get quality quotes, ask non-stupid questions and frame the lede/narrative? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian on Feb 27, 2013 - 8 answers

Immediate PHP programming interview prep.

I have a programming job interview TOMORROW. Can you help a fellow out? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2013 - 3 answers

Is there a good way to list an ABD instead of a PhD on a resume?

About a decade ago, I had a quarter-life crisis and decided to drop out of grad school in science... how do I deal with that now? [more inside]
posted by lostguy on Jan 31, 2013 - 18 answers

How to Find and Keep a Good Salesperson?

How do I find a salesperson? How do I pay them? What kind of freedom do I give them? How can I make it worth their while so it can be a long term relationship? I believe there are people out there interesting in helping me, but I've never been able to figure out how to find them. One man bands do everything but seem to burn out faster, and I don't want to do that. I need help. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Synthetic People Having a Real Conversation?

I've created a promotional video for my website, which is currently listed as a Metafilter project called Conversus. The purpose of the video is to show how I can (with Google Translate) translate any conversation from most languages to most languages. I want to do this as part of the interview services I offer. In this video, I explain how this works by creating people using synthetic voice software, I give them names and I interview them. Since they are not real, am I being unethical if in a Twitter post, I say, "Rodney, Svetlana, Ying, Niles, Maria, Bridget, Nanette & Hassan talk about being interviewed."? I've been a journalist for a long time and ethics is kind of hard wired in, so I'm just checking a broader opinion base.
posted by CollectiveMind on Oct 25, 2012 - 2 answers

Interviewing people without notice

Journalists and interviewers of MeFi, how do you initiate informal interviews in a way that's comfortable for the subjects? [more inside]
posted by carbide on Jul 11, 2012 - 7 answers

Okay. Umm... Under "Weaknesses" you've put eczema.

Help me get back into the job market after nearly a decade of some combination of drug addiction and self employment. [more inside]
posted by holdkris99 on May 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Help me be an efficient and reliable interviewer.

How to be a good interviewer, not interviewee. [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Mar 29, 2012 - 19 answers

Why are you the best?

I have a final interview for a Project Manager position. This job is awesome. One of the questions they would like me to answer is "Why are you the best candidate for this position?". How do I blow them away with my answer? The role requires someone who is passionate about work and life, can juggle multiple projects, and can managed a range of different stakeholders. I can do all of this like nobody's business. But I am sure a lot of the other candidates can as well. How do I approach answering this question and winning this position?
posted by trinigirl on Feb 29, 2012 - 5 answers

Awesome Kick-Off

As part of my interview process, I have been asked to kick-off a project to a pretend client. This is for an interactive agency in LA. There will be 5 people acting as stakeholders. I really want this job and want to leave an awesome impression. What things can I do to set myself apart? What are your tips for awesome kick-off meetings? I need to demonstrate my skills as a meeting facilitator and project manager. I am looking for anything that will set me apart including handing out candy / fruit, using an awesome slide deck, or simply facilitating a awesome kick-off. Have you seen anyone do something awesome in a meeting that wasn't borderline cheesy? I need to demonstrate imagination but also an ability to drive and get things done. Links or videos appreciated as well. Help me get this job!
posted by kaizen on Feb 24, 2012 - 7 answers

First time interview with local business owner, what to ask and how to do it.

I was told last minute that I was doing an interview with a small local business owner (a new bar in a college town). I am not from a journalism background, and need some advice. See below the cut. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans on Feb 23, 2012 - 4 answers

What do I say that I want to be when I grow up?

I have an interview next Tuesday with a investment firm. The position is Executive Assistant to the CEO. When they ask me where I see myself in 5 years, what do I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2012 - 21 answers

How can I get better at interviewing people for stories?

How do I not sound naive and awkward when interviewing people for freelance stories? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 13, 2012 - 11 answers

How do I turn job inquiries into good networking opportunities?

How to turn down job inquiries while making sure I build good relationships that I can call on in the future? [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Nov 30, 2011 - 4 answers

Bad Fit for the Job; Good Fit for the Company

Recruiters and hiring managers: do you ever tell unsuccessful job applicants that despite not being a right fit for the job, they're a right fit for the company and you want to look for a way to place them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2011 - 9 answers

Job hunt fallout - is this situation recoverable or do I need to move on?

How do you ask for a job after rejecting it the first time? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 25, 2011 - 9 answers

I just want to work!

3.5 years out of college and I'm still looking for permanent work. I've sent out a ton of resumes, and have had a few interviews, but can't seem to get anything to stick. What am I doing wrong? What can I do better? How do I fix this? [more inside]
posted by monkeyagent on Jun 8, 2011 - 47 answers

Tell me about yourself

Following from this question, how do you approach and answer the classic interview questions? I am looking for specific examples / tactics around questions like: Tell me about yourself? How do you deal with ambiguity? How did you manage a difficult personality? How do you deal with competing priorities? How do you influence people? Any of the examples in the aforementioned thread are fair game. I am interested in both your specific answers but also your general approach / goal in answering the question. Personal anecdotes a plus!
posted by jasondigitized on Apr 25, 2011 - 8 answers

People want a part of you, but who they get is never who you seem.

Stupid questions for interviewers: memorable, harmless, or just stupid? [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Apr 24, 2011 - 21 answers

Yeah, I'm... uh... sick again.

I need to look for another job discreetly, if you know what I mean. But how? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 31, 2011 - 20 answers

Opportunity comes once in a lifetime?

How do confidential job searches happen? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 14, 2011 - 4 answers

courting the tallest companies on earth

What do I need to learn, and what experiences do I need to attain to get a top software development job? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Feb 15, 2011 - 7 answers

To tell or not to tell?

I'm an Assistant Professor with an upcoming job interview at another institution in the state where my spouse lives (we are currently long distance). My question: do I tell them about my spouse, and if so, how and when? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 8, 2011 - 24 answers

How to interview with those you will be managing?

I landed a second interview with a manufacturing company that I'd really like to work for. I am meeting with three potential direct reports who will be interviewing me (I'm applying to be their boss). What are some good questions to ask to help win them over? [more inside]
posted by ieatwords on Jan 27, 2011 - 7 answers

How to avoid hiring manipulative people

As part of my job, I interview lots of engineering candidates (but the field doesn't really matter). One of my concerns is hiring manipulative personalities (blaming, perpetual victim, passive/aggressive, covert-aggressive, untreated personality disorders, etc). What are the best things to ask to spot trouble ahead of time? [more inside]
posted by ssqq on Oct 21, 2010 - 38 answers

Need help with job search techniques

I was laid off from my job almost 2 years ago, and while it was depressing, I was unhappy and was starting to explore a new industry, anyway. In the past 2 years, I have spent a year and a half going back to school full time for a more specific degree that supplements my BA. I also took on a few internships along the way. I graduated in January and have been looking for a full time position without any sort of success. Clearly I am going about this in the wrong way; what should I be doing differently? More details below. [more inside]
posted by saturn25 on Sep 17, 2010 - 16 answers

What careers might someone who's interested in interiewing people, fixing the world and making money look into?

Figuring out a career path: I'm an undergrad student who has a passion for interviewing people and getting their stories. I also want my carer to help make the world a better place and feel that I would be happiest if I could see my impact directly. What careers or jobs might I look into? [more inside]
posted by melancholyplay on Sep 15, 2010 - 17 answers

Help me not be jobless in 4 months

Graduating in December and applying for jobs now so that I'm not SOL in 3-4 months. Getting really great feedback on my resume and have had multiple phone interviews with various companies that sound really positive and interested in me. Now what? [more inside]
posted by ttyn on Sep 8, 2010 - 3 answers

The art of interviewing

How would I to learn how to conduct interviews? (not the employment kinds) [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Jul 14, 2010 - 7 answers

Am I Eligible to Work for my Former Employer?

I've had a few interviews lately and the follow question keeps coming up. "Are you eligible to work for you former employer?" What would make me not eligible to work for them? [more inside]
posted by tickettrader on Jun 15, 2010 - 11 answers

I'm overqualified, but still worth hiring

I'm interviewing shortly for a job for which I'm clearly overqualified. If you've done this, how did you approach it in the interview? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2010 - 10 answers

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