I need your help! Our Sr. Engineer left and I'm in charge of running the technical interviews for the position we need to fill. It's daunting, to say the least, but also a good opportunity to lean on the community so that this may help someone in the future!
Here are some questions swirling around in my head:
- If you were tasked with hiring an engineer significantly more senior than you, how would you approach the interview?
- How do you assess their technical ability?
- Do you do pair programming?
- Or is it more important that you work well together and less about technical ability?
There's a whole different discussion on the interview process in general, but a few things that I want to accomplish with these interviews are:
- Being mindful of the candidates time(trying to keep the tech interview to an hour or less)
- Divulging the agenda up front, so that there are no surprises, or very few
- Talking through our engineering roadmap that I recently created with goals we're working towards
- Vet their technical and interpersonal skills
- Get a sense of their ego, or willingness to take direction from someone less experienced(at first anyway)
- Their interest in mentorship and leadership
I appreciate any insight that you may provide. Thanks a million!