Learning to Recruit as a Software Engineer

Austin Gibbons
Jul 19, 2017 · 32 min read
Snowy and Tin-Tin on the hunt for talented Software Engineers

Recruiting Review Checklist


Our previous warehouse office space in the Dogpatch, shortly after moving in. Photo courtesy Chris Meier.
Panorama from our original lounge, featuring our indoor patio and painted logo in the background.

Matching Vocabulary to People

Pipeline Design

Phone Screens, Challenge Problems, and Coffee Chats

Laszlo Podor Photography/Moment/Getty Images

Culture-fit Interviews & The Sell

Technical Problem Design

On-site Experience

The Close

The Accept!

The first gif I sent to a candidate. Needless to say, they accepted.

Filling the Pipeline

Online Presence

I estimate 100% of candidates will visit your glassdoor page.

Tools of the Trade

Applicant Tracking System (ATS)

The official Greenhouse candidate scorecard stock photo

Content Resource Management (CRM)

Sourcing Candidates

Direct Outreach

Inbound Candidates

External Recruiters

In-house Referrals

Focused Hiring Platforms

digest with a grain of salt, courtesy pxleyes.com

Go Forth, and Recruit


how hackers start their afternoons.

Thanks to Stedman Blake Hood.

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how hackers start their afternoons.