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Bill Kennedy’s interviews aim to exclude vampires from the workplace.

Bill Kennedy is a managing partner at Ardan Studio in Miami, Florida, a mobile, web, and systems development company. He is also a co-author of the book Go in Action, the author of the blog GoingGo.Net, and a founding member of GoBridge which is working to increase Go adoption through diversity.


Key Takeaways

  • Go is a systems programming language that makes programming fun and makes developers more productive
  • Go allows developers to write performant code easily
  • Go runtime is built into the binary, nothing else to install
  • Some very bright people are not applying for high profile Silicon Valley engineering positions because they are concerned about the tech interview process
    • They’ve asked “Why do I want to go through that much pain just to get rejected?”
  • It’s not about what you know, its about learning and solving problems
  • Bill will give anyone a chance when they show him they take it seriously
  • Is the person you’re interviewing a vampire?
    • They suck all the happiness out of a room
    • It doesn’t matter how technically astute they are, vampires are no good
    • They always push back and complain versus looking for opportunities to grow
  • When you are forced to hire from a local pool, you have more limited options and it is more likely not to work out
  • Hire quickly and fire quickly, and let the candidate know you are giving them one chance
  • When you give someone the chance to learn and grow, they will put more effort into the relationship
  • Look for negative patterns in work history – are they looking from a place of growth or are they complaining?
  • Go into an interview being honest but show humble confidence
    • “No, I’ve never worked on that before but I know I can do it”
    • If you are under qualified for a senior job but you’re honest and genuine, they may open a junior position just to get you
  • Find someone on the inside of an organization and study up on the organization’s tech before applying
  • If the company is that tough on their interviewees, how do they treat their employees and do you really want to be there?
  • If you’re in charge of hiring, re-evaluate what you’re looking for
    • Build a family instead of a work force

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