About two interviews that made me find a good approach of technical interview

  • what an interview must contain,
  • and what it must not contain at all.
  • Giving recommendations with feedback may help a candidate to improve his knowledge,
  • Saying to a candidate that his skills are lower than they are supposed to be, is non-effective. You probably want to give feedback, but you should give it softly: gaps are not weaknesses but points of growing. Otherwise, the candidate will get a bad feeling about your company.
  • Skipping reading programming books makes you build dirty architecture. If you skip basics, you build ineffective and unreliable solutions.
  • you should always pay respect to every candidate. You both are equal participants of the developer community;
  • give recommendations after the interview. Candidate should know what he has to learn for joining your company;
  • give feedback softly. Gaps are not weaknesses but points to grow;
  • never stop learning. Candidates may have more experience with new technologies than you have, so you should listen to them carefully;
  • Basics are essential. Knowing how to build things right is important as knowing how to make the right things.

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