RIP Philo

The Tony interview for geeks

So as you all know I own a pizza shop and a small software company. When we interview a candidat for the pizza we don't make them write code, but when we interview a candidate programmer, he will some times be invited to have a pizza.

That's my method to see who this person is. How he behave, does he give respect. etc.

Until next time...
Permalink Tony MBA 
March 17th, 2007 12:48pm
neat post. How did you end up with a pizza shop? That's random.

give respect? I take all our candidates out to lunch and I hope it's not too too painful for them. Never really thought about if they were 'giving respect'
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 12:51pm
Thankfully you don't own a mortuary.
Permalink son of parnas 
March 17th, 2007 12:53pm
Not much of a method really.

Testing to see if a programmer 'gives respect' to a pizza is like seeing if a whale has a blowhole.
Permalink Send private email sour grape snowflake 
March 17th, 2007 1:00pm
if that is the case, at least if confirms you've got a whale and not a porcupine.
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 1:03pm
For those of you who complain about IT interviews, let me tell you that no interview I've seen can hold a candle to the average law firm interview in the 90's. There were books about how to survive a law firm interview; things like "get button-down collars, in case the shirts come out of your suitcase with the collars bent" or how to keep an interview notebook, including folding the pages over so you can find a blank page quickly during the interview.

My absolute favorite, to me the epitome of the triteness of the whole thing: "Always order fish at an interview lunch, so if the interviewer asks you a question you can swallow it quickly"
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 1:38pm
hi tony. you need some new material. also, this isn't joel on software. nobody here cares about software interviews. the best responses you will get here will just be racial slurs about how you are a greasy wop with a small dick. happy st patrick's day!
Permalink hello. 
March 17th, 2007 1:53pm
Maybe exaggeration sells books.  Do people who sell books of interview techniques have an interest it making it appear that those techniques are actually needed?  Couple that with the lawyers affinity for books of rules and you get interview books full of over the top rules.  Then again, maybe lawyers really are assholes.  Who knew?

Did you go on a bunch of Law interviews in the 90s?  How were they? 

I often think the Law would have been fun.  Deal making, negotiation, detailed study and interpretation.  Great money.
Permalink zed 
March 17th, 2007 2:09pm
I didn't interview, because I was writing software in a dotcom and didn't want the pay cut.

But I had a bunch of friends who interviewed and they said yes, it was really like that.
Permalink Send private email Philo 
March 17th, 2007 5:08pm
>> That's my method to see who this person is. How he behave, does he give respect. etc. <<

Or if they spray food when they laugh.

Seriously, that's not too bad of an idea -- A candidate really has to go thru two interviews -- one for technical topics (When updating a WinForm control from another thread...) and one to see if they'd be a good social fit with the team.