With this episode, Software Engineering Radio begins a series of interviews on social/nontechnical aspects of working as a software engineer as Tobias Kaatz talks to Randy Shoup, former CTO at KIXEYE, about hiring in the software industry. Prior to KIXEYE, Randy worked as director of engineering at Google for the Google App Engine and as chief engineer and distinguished architect at eBay. Randy has spoken on various occasions about how to hire great people for highly productive teams and his own experiences in doing so. In this interview, Randy talks about how companies can find the right candidates, how candidates can get the attention of the companies they really want to work for, and how interviews and social media can assist in the process. He and Tobias also discuss the notion of always hiring “A-players” and its influence on the teams and on the people who live in an area where only “A-players” get hired. In addition, they talk about the “Google way of hiring” and how to get candidates to come to a second interview even if they failed the first time.
Recording Venue: Skype
- KIXEYE Homepage : https://www.kixeye.com
- Randy Shoup on “The Virtuous Cycle of Velocity”: http://youtu.be/EwLBoRyXTOI
- Randy Shoup on “Scalability at KIXEYE” (also on how to scale teams): http://www.infoq.com/presentations/kixeye-scalability
- Randy on Twitter: https://twitter.com/randyshoup