The hottest Interviewing Substack posts right now

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The Beautiful Mess • 825 implied HN points • 25 Feb 24
  1. Accepting one's role in a problem is vital for capable leadership. Recognizing personal contributions to a situation allows for growth and improvement.
  2. Encouraging new interaction patterns fosters creativity and growth. Facilitating connections and exposure to new experiences can lead to positive outcomes.
  3. Patiently allowing for divergence and exploring multiple solutions is key. Resisting the urge to rush towards solutions can yield more innovative and effective approaches.
Public • 520 implied HN points • 07 Feb 24
  1. Interviewing newsworthy personalities is a part of journalism and shouldn't require an apology.
  2. Criticism of interview questions is fair, but smearing someone for interviewing influential figures hinders journalism principles.
  3. Journalists should strive to interview leaders from all sides of major issues to allow for a broader perspective.
The Signorile Report • 2004 implied HN points • 10 Jan 24
  1. An effective interview involves respectfully challenging propagandist talking points
  2. Journalists often prioritize access and multiple questions over confronting lies during interviews
  3. Media organizations may shy away from bold, impactful interviews to maintain access and avoid controversial headlines
Tech and Tea • 295 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Career history interviews provide valuable insights into a candidate's learning capacity, adaptability, and mindset over time, beyond just current abilities.
  2. In a career history interview, ask structured questions for each job/project to understand achievements, challenges faced, relationships, and reasons for leaving.
  3. Look for communication style and red flags like poor communication, lack of awareness, and negativity during career history interviews to assess candidate suitability.
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Life Since the Baby Boom • 3 HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Google had a unique approach to interviewing potential employees, focusing on problem-solving and thinking on one's feet.
  2. The author shares their experience of transitioning from an engineer to a technical advisor in patent litigation, emphasizing the importance of creative thinking in legal roles.
  3. Interview questions for patent lawyers and patent acquisition specialists were tailored to test their ability to analyze, think critically, and make decisions under pressure.
steveinskeep • 255 implied HN points • 10 May 23
  1. Interviewing political figures like Trump is necessary for coverage and can help understand their message to followers.
  2. Consideration is needed on how to cover a political figure like Trump, balancing live interviews with proper context and clarification.
  3. Media coverage of political figures needs to be proportional, providing a variety of voices and sources to avoid dominance by any one candidate.
The Caring Techie Newsletter • 23 implied HN points • 15 Nov 23
  1. When interviewing software engineers, focus on non-technical signals like trustworthiness and communication skills.
  2. Assess if candidates will work well in a team and be effective in the role they're interviewing for.
  3. Solid technical skills are important, but being a team player is equally crucial in software engineering.
Building Rome(s) • 7 implied HN points • 13 Jun 23
  1. Sweating the small stuff is crucial in tech program management, focusing on minor details that can lead to major obstacles.
  2. Using milestones instead of estimates can improve project planning and organizing tasks effectively.
  3. There is a need to revamp the way Technical Program Managers (TPMs) are interviewed, with a more tailored approach to assess their skills.
Machine Learning Everything • 3 HN points • 29 Mar 23
  1. Interviewers should avoid leading questions during interviews to allow interviewees to express their own beliefs.
  2. The concept of consciousness in relation to AI models like GPT-4 remains a debated and unclear topic.
  3. Consideration for open-sourcing AI technologies should be based on more valid reasons than just trusting the individuals involved.
The Incrementalist • 2 implied HN points • 02 Mar 23
  1. Assessing engineering talent should focus on real-world problem-solving skills rather than memorization or speed.
  2. Conducting effective technical interviews involves being transparent about the process, asking questions that reflect the job's demands, and ensuring consistency among interviewers.
  3. Show empathy during interviews, guide the candidate through the process, and provide timely feedback to create a positive candidate experience.
Matthew’s Substack • 1 HN point • 20 Mar 23
  1. Regularly interviewing can accelerate your career by exposing you to new opportunities and helping you up-level
  2. Make interviewing more rewarding by setting up competitions with other candidates and networking during the process
  3. Motivate yourself to do more interviews by giving yourself rewards, such as stickers, for completing each one
Job Interview Society • 0 implied HN points • 01 Mar 23
  1. Preparation is key for job interviews, from having the right conversation with the interviewer to understanding what they're looking for.
  2. Ask questions during the interview to show your enthusiasm for the role.
  3. Present yourself as someone who is excited about the position by being prepared, asking questions, and showing enthusiasm.
Job Interview Society • 0 implied HN points • 06 Mar 23
  1. Sending a follow-up email or letter after an interview demonstrates professionalism and interest in the role.
  2. There are different types of follow-up emails you can send after an interview, including thank you notes and expressions of enthusiasm for the job.
  3. Following up with a thoughtful email can make a difference in staying at the forefront of the hiring manager's mind and potentially improving your chances of getting hired.
Data Science Daily • 0 implied HN points • 28 Feb 23
  1. In interviews, it's important to dig deep by asking detailed questions about projects and methodologies.
  2. Evaluate models not just based on accuracy, but also consider factors like false positive rates.
  3. Being aware of potential biases or traps in evaluation can help in making more informed decisions.
Job Interview Society • 0 implied HN points • 20 Feb 23
  1. Employers may ask about your educational background in job interviews, so be prepared with clear answers about your qualifications and experiences.
  2. Focus on highlighting skills and knowledge that match the employer's needs when discussing your education during interviews.
  3. By providing meaningful responses about your educational background, you can demonstrate to employers that you are a qualified candidate for the job.
Better After a Nap • 0 implied HN points • 01 May 23
  1. When asked about your design story in an interview, share your journey and motivations, not just a list of jobs.
  2. Find inspiration from diverse sources beyond just design websites like Dribbble.
  3. During an interview, show curiosity and ask engaging questions to demonstrate your interest and understanding of the job and organization.