IT'S ONLY KINDA ABOUT
Thoughts on interviewing, employment & changing the world from some product guy to the 2013 Nashville Software School Class
Entrepreneur, Product & Engagement Specialist
www.chrismcintyre.com | @theferf
My hopes for you
Most people suck at it. You probably suck at it. Just be a person.
- People want to make sure you are not a dick, they have to work with you
- Not everyone deserves the same resume. Customize it.
- Expose yourself in public, they will look (github, twitter, facebook, blogs)
- Kevin Bacon the hell out of the job you want
ABOUT MY INTERVIEWS
- I typically do group interviews (2 way dynamics)
- I usually have a developer, you might just not know it
- The questions I ask - they are not for the reasons you think (Approach, logic, humility)
- No matter size, tell me about your previous projects
- When I google you, what am I going to find?
- I want to know why you are leaving your old job
- You should tell me how you heard about my job opening
- I want to know what you do when you are not working
When the interview is complete, I should
to work with you because I like you, I see potential in you & I appreciate the way you solve problems. Not that you already know all the answers.
You're Hired! Do something that feels good & go home proud.
- Build something you believe in
- Start something that you don't know the end of yet
- Solve problems every day
- Create a culture of gratitude
- Leave when the time is right
so What is your purpose?
Your first job outside of the Nashville Software School won't be your last. But it might be your largest opportunity for growth. Someone is making a bet on you, who you will become and how you will impact their business.
What are your options?
Not your only options, of course, but for the sake of this presentation... it is an interesting angle.
One mans thoughts on the cons of freelancing & agencies...
- You don't really get to choose what you work on (gun for hire)
- Technical requirements (eg: dictated technology) confuse/slow progress
- Things you build aren't reusable, usually build new for every client
- When you leave, the client could be left helpless/underprepared
- Rarely get a chance to learn about the company, their goals and how
what you are building will help solve their problems now and into the future
- You may not get the ongoing mentoring you need to grow
- You spend at MOST 75% of your time coding. The rest is finding new clients
Working inside a company to solve bigger problems...
- Ability to think about the long term future of a product and the company
- Can look across multiple products and figure out best integration path
- Can choose the right tools for the job, not be dictated to
- Your opinions matter more and more as your tacit knowledge grows
- Not spending time (25% or more of your time) finding clients, billing, quoting, etc
No matter what type of work you do, do it with purpose and intent. Choose the direction you feel comfortable with based on your needs. Just know that the freelance life is not just raking in piles of cash, and the employee route may leave you longing for more.
my hopes for you
Nashville is an amazing place for developers. Wether you go the agency route or the employee route, I would challenge you with the following...
hone your craft
work with purpose
change the world