I did my fair share of interviewing in my time. So I should be good at it. Practice makes perfect, right? The more we do something, the better we get at it. Or at least, that’s the theory. In practice, I’m still finding it quite difficult to interview someone.

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The goal of any interview is to vet if the candidate can make a valuable contribution to the company or not and assess their level. That’s it!

No need for brain teasers, impossible situations, weird algorithms, or synthetic academic style problems. We need a teammate, not a techno-Rambo.

Leveling a candidate is a difficult topic, as there is no clear definition of a junior, mid, and senior engineer that’s consistently applied across the industry. They differ greatly from one company to another. I have seen “seniors” who couldn’t write a unit test. Or thought that one single 2000+ lines of spaghetti code file is the way to go. …

I enjoy reading quotes from famous thinkers from time to time. It’s like accessing concentrated wisdom, packed in a couple of phrases. Without any boring details. One either gets it or doesn’t. They’re like puzzles of the mind, just showing the focal point and allowing me to fill in the blanks and add my own interpretation.

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Inspirational AF

This post is a collection of quotes I find interesting with my own interpretations added to them. …

Talk to the engineers in your organization

I feel I did enough recruiter bashing in my two previous “letters to (tech) recruiters”: A letter to (tech) recruiters and A letter to (tech) recruiters 2.0 to try something else. Pointing out other people’s mistakes is easy. And fun. I must admit. I had my laughs writing it. Coming up with something constructive is, however, difficult.

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But I decided to give it a go. …


Tudor Barbu

Trust me, I used to be an engineer!

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