Jacob Kaplan-Moss

Tag: hiring

My interview kickoff script, annotated November 29th, 2018

When I interview, I say nearly the same thing at the beginning of the interview. It’s a script I’ve practiced and honed over the years . It’s only eleven sentences, but each has a specific purposes. I’ve iterated on this for years, and it’s pretty tightly honed at this point. I published this script in the guide to interviewing I wrote at 18F last year, but never got a chance to break down where it comes from…

My questions for prospective employers (Director/VP roles) April 23rd, 2019

Last time I was looking for a job, I wrote up a list of questions I wanted to ask prospective employees. I just ran across the list again, and figured I’d share. I was looking for a senior management role (Director/VP-level) in Engineering or Security, so the questions are sloped in that direction. Also note that I was in a fairly strong position; I didn’t need the a job immanently. So, I was able to ask fairly direct, challenging questions.…

Layoffs are Coming March 13th, 2020

It’s looking increasingly likely that the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a recession. It’s easy to think we might be immune from the effects of a global recession, but my experience is that tech companies are quick to cut staff, especially engineers, in the face of declining markets. I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am. Either way, it’s not going to hurt to prepare.

What accomplishments sound like on software engineering resumes May 8th, 2020

Effective resumes need to contain two things: responsibilities and accomplishments. The first tells the read what your job was; the second, what your results were. Unfortunately, most people fail at the second part. I’ve seen thousands — maybe tens of thousands — of resumes, and most don’t contain accomplishments. This makes it difficult for a hiring manager to get excited about your resume: knowing what you were supposed to do doesn’t tell a reader how well you did that thing.…

Training Interviewers September 8th, 2020

What’s the best way to train folks to conduct job interviews? I have a process I’ve used for about five years that seems to work well. It’s loosely based on the “see one, do one, teach one” methodology used by many medical schools.

Measuring Hiring Manager Effectiveness September 14th, 2020

Hiring is one of the most important parts of a manager’s job. Make good hires and your team (and thus the whole company) will have better results. Make poor hires, and those people will drag the team down. In the worst cases, a toxic hire can drive other staff to quit, totally destroying the team. Strangely, for such an important part of the job, hiring performance seems to be very poorly measured.…