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Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People by Gerald M. Weinberg, Johanna Rothman

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9. Planning and Conducting the In-Person Interview

Interviewer: “Have a seat on this step while I take a few seconds to look at your résumé.”

Job Applicant: “Are we meeting in this stairwell for the interview?”

Interviewer: “Well, yes. No one booked a room for us to talk in but we’ll have lots of privacy here because no one ever takes the stairs.”

The preceding dialogue indicates how ridiculous an interviewer’s lack of planning prior to meeting with a candidate could seem, but it depicts a realistic exchange extracted from a senior-level developer’s True Story (printed in full on the following page). Don’t let this happen to you when it’s time to plan the interview. Interviews should serve two distinct purposes: First, they should help you discover ...

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