Extreme Interviewing October 9, 2006Posted by Unreasonable in Uncategorized.
The results were stunning:
- The new employees fit in quickly – How quickly? Well, when Menlo repeated the process a month later with a new interview team consisting of veteran employees and some new hires, the candicates could not tell the new employees from the old timers. Also, after just six weeks, a new hire was skilled enough in the practices to mentor a new employee just joining the team.
- Low employee turnover – There was only one developer lost to attrition during the life of the team.
- Reusing the process – Menlo hired fourteen developers within two months using this process and six more later using a smaller variant of the process. It is also used in non-IT departments of Menlo Innovations.
- Making life easier – Managers at Menlo called it “a joy to manage and work with such a team”.
It’s a popular idea. Here some similar articles I’ve read lately:
- Seth Godin: The End of the Interview
- Joel on Software: The Guerrilla Guide to Interviewing
- Paul Graham: Hiring is Obsolete