Bad Interview or Bad Question?

October 1, 2019

You're interviewing a software engineer with an impressive resume, but they completely botch your standard technical questions.

They come highly recommended by past colleagues, and you really like them so far.

Two possibilities:

  1. This person is a bad developer
  2. Your interview process sucks

From what I’ve seen, usually it’s 2.

If a candidate seems like a great choice, don’t get hung up on the standard interview questions. Have a conversation with them - human to human, to understand their capabilities and passions.

Otherwise, that “bad software engineer” will go and find another company to contribute to.And you’ll have missed out on what could have been a great hire.