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  1. Aug 2022
    1. I think the skill involved will be similar to being a good improv partner, that’s what it reminds me of.

      that sounds like a useful analogy. Prompting like you are the algo's improv partner. The flipside seems to be the impact the author himself is after: being prompted along new lines of inquiry, making the script your improv partner in return.

  2. May 2022
    1. if you are on the job market looking for a team that cares more about being agile than going through the motions to look agile, ask these questions
      1. "Tell me about the last time you refactored a module or class."
      2. "Tell me about the last piece of user feedback that became a feature."
      3. "Tell me about the last feature of yours that got dropped."
  3. Apr 2022
    1. Reading puts candidates at ease compared to writing code.  As an interviewer, stress is your enemy because it raises adrenaline which lowers IQ by several points, causing you to miss good candidates.   Candidates prefer reading partly because they are relieved to not have to write code, but also because the interviewer can easily adjust the reading questions to accommodate for the candidate’s skill.
  4. Jan 2022
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  6. Jul 2021
    1. you don’t want to miss out on a great engineer just because they spent all of their energy making great products for prior employers rather than blogging, speaking and coding in public.

      valuable HR tip

  7. Mar 2017
    1. When you were in jail and I first came out, who was I with?

      This is a good "easy question" that was mentioned in the readings. I see how an easily answered question is good to use, because the interviewee is able to give a lot of detail and will normally get into the conversation more because they know that they have a lot to say on the topic. It opens up the talk and eases the flow, I think.

    2. P: But I wanted to know why you never told me this stuff? Why didn’t you?

      This reveals that Savannah's interview with her mom was motivated by the desire to know more about what happened to both of them and what her mother felt about the circumstances. The first 4 questions definitely felt planned. I think that Savannah wrote them down beforehand, so that she could get specific answers. This shows good planning.