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Creating an Effective Developer Interview Process

with Gayle Laakmann McDowell

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  •   01 Class Introduction

  •   02 Core Hiring Philosophy


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About The Class

Hire the right person for the job

In this workshop led by Gayle Laakmann McDowell, former Google software engineer, interviewer and the author of the bestselling book Cracking the Coding Interview, you'll be hands-on, covering all the specifics you'll need to know about coding interviews. It will start with an overview of the hiring process and dive into more detail about types of interview questions (behavioral, knowledge, algorithms/coding, and design). You will learn how to create a hiring process that is efficient, sets a high and consistent bar, and attracts strong candidates.

Although sections of the workshop will be highly technical, non-technical people are encouraged to attend. You will learn:

  • Differences between assessing senior candidates and junior candidates
  • The goals and limitations of technology-specific questions
  • Selecting and asking appropriate algorithm questions
  • Mechanisms to evaluate coding skills, including whiteboards, laptops and code assessment tools
This class is your comprehensive guide to hiring the right developer for your company. 

In Partnership with Greylock Partners 

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Class Introduction

  2. 02

    Core Hiring Philosophy

  3. 03

    Components of an Interview

  4. 04

    Homework And Coding Assessments

  5. 05

    Pooled Hiring And Bar Raisers

  6. 06

    Decision Making

  7. 07

    Behavioral Questions Overview

  8. 08

    Situational Questions

  9. 09

    Self-Description Questions & Recommendations

  10. 10

    Culture Fit Discussion with Airbnb

  11. 11

    Knowledge Questions

  12. 12

    Algorithm Questions

  13. 13

    Coding Questions

  14. 14

    Pair Programming with Ben Adida

  15. 15

    Design Questions

  16. 16

    Go Forth and Hire!


Meet Your Expert

Gayle Laakmann McDowell

Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder/CEO of and the author of Cracking the *interview books (Cracking the Coding Interview, Cracking the PM Interview, and Cracking the Tech Career). Her background is in software development, with a BSE/MSE in Computer Science from the University of Pennsylvania and prior experience as a software engineer at Google, Microsoft, and Apple. In addition to running the CareerCup website/forum and writing books, she consults with startups to help them through acquisition interviews and with other tech companies on their engineering hiring process. ... read more

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  • Megan

    August 2016

    What an awesome opportunity to learn from one of the best on the topic! This course has value for anyone who's looking to hire or work with technical talent! I've attended tons of talent conferences and this course succinctly and tactically address how to effectively interview engineers. Highly recommended.

  • Kevin Scott

    August 2016

    Terrific class with unique eye opening content. This class applies for any Dev. hiring team, whether startups or large, established companies. I recommend this training tool to anyone wanting to help others improve their own interviewing skill set and build dynamic hiring processes / plans.

  • TC

    August 2016

    Gayle and the guest speakers did a excellent job. My only thought is if we can incorporate more questions from people on chat. Some had good questions but never received the response.

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