On today’s episode of the SQL Server Radio podcast, I talk with Guy Glantser and Matan Yungman about what we look for when we’re hiring.
In the broadest sense, don’t think junior or senior:
- I’m hiring someone for what they already know, or
- I’m hiring someone for their capability to learn
(In reality, it’s usually a blend of both, but just think big picture for now.)
If I’m hiring you for what you already know, then I’ve got a list of skills, and I want to see your proficiency in those skills. If one of those skills includes communication, then I’m going to judge you based on how you communicate your mastery of the other skills. For example, I might be looking at your blog posts, presentations, or webcasts about the topics you’re great at.
If I’m hiring your excellent learning skills, then I want to see what you’ve been interested in learning in the past, and how you’ve gone about learning those topics. It doesn’t have to be technical, either – maybe you were interested in perfecting an Eggs Benedict recipe. Show me what resources you used, your preferred style of learning, what lessons you picked up along the way, and how you would recommend that I learn that same thing as fast as possible.
To hear more about my philosophies on that, and hear how Guy and Matan approach hiring for their own companies, check out the half-hour SQLServerRadio podcast.