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The Holloway Guide to Technical Recruiting and Hiring is a practical, expert-reviewed Guide to growing software engineering teams effectively, written by and for hiring managers, recruiters, interviewers, and candidates. We wrote this book to address the following problems:
1. Hiring is rated as one of the biggest obstacles to growth by most CEOs.
2. Hiring managers, recruiters, and interviewers all wrestle with how to source candidates, interview fairly and effectively, and ultimately motivate the right candidates to accept offers.
3. The process is costly and frustrating, and often stressful or unfair to candidates.
Anyone who cares about building effective software teams will benefit from the experiences and knowledge in this book. Inside, you'll find know-how from some of the most insightful and experienced leaders and practitioners—senior engineers, recruiters, entrepreneurs, and hiring managers—who’ve built teams from early-stage startups to thousand-person engineering organizations.
The lead author of this Guide, Ozzie Osman, previously led product engineering at Quora and teams at Google, and built (and sold) his own startup. Additional contributors include Aditya Agarwal, former CTO of Dropbox; Jennifer Kim, former head of diversity at Lever; veteran recruiters and startup founders Jose Guardado and Aline Lerner; and over a dozen others.
Recruiting and hiring can be done well, in a way that has a positive impact on companies, employees, and every candidate. With the right foundations and practice, teams and candidates can approach a stressful and difficult process with knowledge and confidence.
“Talented people are your strongest asset and your biggest constraint for developing great products and solving challenging problems. This Guide covers everything from understanding the many possible motivations of candidates, to designing interview questions, to helping managers find the best possible fit and ensuring they develop positive, long-term relationships with all the candidates they meet.”
—ADITYA AGARWAL (former CTO, Dropbox)
“Without a doubt, this Guide is the best resource I’ve read on technical hiring, by a substantial margin.”
—KELLAN ELLIOTT-MCCREA (formerly Blink Health, Etsy)
“I want every employee at my company and every company I’ve ever invested in or advised to read this Guide. It’ll make every one of them better interviewers, better recruiters, better co-workers, and better members of our startup ecosystem. I’ve never seen a Guide on technical recruiting that is as comprehensive or practical as this one.”
—ANKIT JAIN (CEO, Infinitus Systems, former Founding Partner, Google’s Gradient Ventures)
“People are the lifeblood of your company, because without them, there is no company. This Guide is mandatory reading for anyone who is in a hiring manager or interviewing role and wants a practical, step-by-step playbook to set up technical recruiting and hiring processes for success. Holloway has curated actionable advice, resources, and battle-tested approaches from the best hiring managers and veteran recruiters in the tech community—honest advice you won't find anywhere else, that can be implemented by your team tomorrow.”
—TAMMY HAN (Head of Talent at Emergence Capital)
“As a candidate, sometimes recruiting processes can feel like they’re designed by someone trying to recount the series of incantations that summoned new hires at their previous organization. This Guide walks back the magic, building the foundation for an equitable, effective recruiting system that works for your candidates and your company.”
—WILL LARSON (Author of An Elegant Puzzle)
“The Holloway Guide to Technical Recruiting and Hiring is invaluable—it gives you the kind of insight and wisdom that is usually only found through hard earned experience, right at your fingertips. Save yourself, your company, and your future employees the trouble of learning it the hard way, and read this Guide instead.”
—ADAM JACOB (Co-Founder and former CTO, Chef)