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Booting Up: Hiring and Growing Boot Camp Graduates

Booting Up: Hiring and Growing Boot Camp Graduates

Slides for my RailsConf 2016 talk on hiring and growing boot camp graduates.


Eric Weinstein

May 04, 2016

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  1. Booting Up Hiring and Growing Boot Camp Graduates # Eric

    Weinstein # RailsConf 2016 # Kansas City, MO # 4 May 2016
  2. Part 0: Hello

  3. About Me eric_weinstein = { employer: 'Hulu', git_hub: 'ericqweinstein', twitter:

    'ericqweinstein', website: 'ericweinste.in' } 30% off with RAILSCONF2016!
  4. Where Are We Going? • The One Big Mistake We

    Keep Making • A Survey of the Field • What We Should Be Looking For • Believe in Improvement • A Holistic Model for Continual Growth
  5. Part 1: Hiring

  6. @talk.lie? # => true

  7. @talk.lie? # => false @talk.fib? # => true

  8. Ye Olde Traditione • Computing Science • Graphs && trees

    • Whiteboarding • Java/C++
  9. That One Big Mistake I Mentioned We confused “Is this

    person good at what they do?” with “Is this person good at computing science?”
  10. A Survey of the Field

  11. What These Students Learn • Hint: not computing science! •

    Curricula vary a bit from boot camp to boot camp, but we can speak in meaningful generalities • Server-side web development (Ruby/Rails) • Client-side web development (JavaScript) • Software development tools (git, deployment, &c)
  12. What I Look For • Ability to write nontrivial programs

    • Adaptability to new and changing requirements • Ability to work well with others • Passionate about learning • Self-awareness • Interviews != performance: http://bit.ly/1xQBfud
  13. We’re Hiring!

  14. Part 2: Growing

  15. First: You Can Grow The belief that you can improve

    your abilities results in better performance than if you believe you either “have it” or you don’t. “Is Math a Gift? Beliefs That Put Females at Risk” (Carol S. Dweck, Stanford) Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Ibid.)
  16. Talkception https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPZmNfhPPOs https://speakerdeck.com/vosechu/building-technical-education-programs

  17. The Plan • You don’t have to know everything •

    Start Monday • Lightning talks • Workshops/Lunch & learns • Accountabilibuddies
  18. You Don’t Have to Know Everything • You literally can’t,

    anyway • Teaching someone something is an ideal way to learn it • The destination is for tomorrow; focus on today
  19. Start Monday

  20. ⚡ Talks • Technical, nontechnical, in-house, meetups, conferences: the sky’s

    the limit • Remember: teaching something is a great way to learn it!
  21. Workshops/Lunch & Learns • Git: https://gist.github.com/ericqweinstein/ f124d779ea23347b2216 • ES6: https://gist.github.com/ericqweinstein/

    b8dea7cbb5b6aa4ecf6b • FP: https://gist.github.com/ericqweinstein/ d8cb53cf8d0f31fb19b6 • Data Structures & Algorithms for the Web: https:// gist.github.com/ericqweinstein/380d6cc719b0a03cfef3
  22. Accountabilibuddies Credit: South Park, “Cartman Sucks”

  23. TL;DPA • Write down who you’re actually looking for •

    Believe in improvement • Be the change you want to see in the company
  24. None
  25. Questions? eric.weinstein@hulu.com github.com/ericqweinstein @ericqweinstein ericweinste.in 30% off with RAILSCONF2016!