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  1. Tech Interviews

  2. Behavioural Interviews

  3. Biases

Tech Interviews

Figure out The Problem Need

Test Task

vs

Pair Coding

Funnel Optimisations

Algorithms

vs

Open Tasks

Algorithms

vs

Open Tasks

Skill Level Optimisation

Codebase access

vs

Vague Requirements

Learning Curve Assessment

Hints

vs

Answering Questions

Communications Assessment

Role Specific Tasks

Interviewer's How-To

No Stress

Facilitate Questions

Give hints if stuck

Do not mislead

IDE / Coding style/ Language

do not matter (if not specified)

Manage expectations

Interviewee's How-To

Production-ready code (if not specified)

Don't use unfamiliar tools 

State your assumptions

Explain your decisions

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  1. Tech Interviews

  2. Behavioural Interviews

  3. Biases

Behavioural Interviews

Structured interview

Competency-based

Performance-based

Figure 5-7 basic competencies

We want to have AND we have right now

Question Structure

Don't: "what if" and "would be" sentences!

Do: "Give me an example" and "describe".

Validity

2 interviewers to mitigate biases

Standardised Rating Matrix

Written Report for records

Interviewer's How-To

No Stress

Manage expectations

  • timeframe

  • interview type

  • number of questions

Be aware about your biases

Don't interrupt

Focus on most recent experience

Interviewee's How-To

Use STAR format
Situation - Task - Action - Result

You cannot cheat

Use examples from

various areas of your life

Explain details and

what you've learned

  1. Tech Interviews

  2. Behavioural Interviews

  3. Biases

Biases

First 30 seconds

You have made your decision. Now what?

Stress Revenge

Performance under stress is not a reliable indicator

Examination

Knowledge != skills != experience

Discrimination

Mind your own tendencies

Confirmation Bias

We tend to agree and like people who agree with us. Opposite is true as well.

Negativity Bias

Paying more attention to negative things

Halo effect

Positive or negative traits get projected on other areas 

Thanks!

Take Aways

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