Human Factors in Engineering

VT11 Busy Manager's Guide to Interviewing


1:30pm - 2:45pm

Level: Intermediate

Ted Neward


Neward and Associates

For most developers and their managers, interviewing candidates to join the team is a process frought with uncertainty, deep feelings of imposter syndrome, outright feelings of competition, not to mention all those HR regulations. Coupled with the constant reminders about the costs of a "bad hire", interviewing becomes one of the most stressful periods of the engineering manager's professional life. Building great teams start with hiring great people, so pressure's on!

In this session, we'll take an analytical view of what the interview process is actually intended to do (hint: it's not just to prove a candidate's skills!), go through an example of how to structure an interview process, and provide some important structure around interviewing that managers can carry with them into their next interview cycle.

You will learn:

  • How to structure an interview process
  • Work out the details to the process
  • Come away with an appreciation of how to hire good people