An acqui-hire is a way for companies to obtain good talent and — at least within the tech industry — is primarily focused on software engineers. Talented software engineers are difficult to hire, but comparatively easy to slot.
... Her book, “Cracking the Coding Interview,” is the definitive prep guide to tech interviews. Sandwiched between practice questions and pages of coding solutions are anecdotes from her time as a software engineer at various tech companies and one-liners on how you, too, can get a job at Google. ...
(1) Google basically hires every qualified engineer they can (for full time positions).
In order for it to be easier to get a job as a woman, then Google would have to be offering positions to women that they don’t think are qualified. They don’t want to hire people that aren’t qualified. Bad employees are really expensive.
... And in the wake of the financial crisis, when many banks were chided for taking on too much risk with clients’ money, more graduates may feel like they can do more good at a tech firm than they can working for a big bank, says Gayle Laakmann McDowell, a former Google software engineer and author of “The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or Any Top Tech Company.” “At startups people are really excited about feeling like they’re building something where they’re contributing to the world,” says McDowell. ...
You certainly don’t have to inform your manager. Most people don’t, so you wouldn’t be doing anything unethical or even out of the ordinary. In fact, most people inform their manager only after they’ve received and accepted another offer.
I became negative about it because of what I saw it do to guys.
When I first learned about it, I was mostly just intrigued. I ended up learning a bunch about it. I read The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists (which I still think is a really interesting book) and ended up meeting a lot of people who were in the pick-up artist community (not a goal—it just happened).
More women in technology would be good for technology and innovation, for the women who are currently there, and for the world. #1: Because we need more people in tech, period. Okay, everyone should be able to get behind this one. With engineering specifically, we have a serious lack of qualified engineers...
Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of The Google Resume and founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, was a software engineer at Google between 2005 and 2008, where she, too, interviewed potential candidates. McDowell said Microsoft asked brain teasers 15 years ago but have since ended the practice.
"Any information that is out that the companies are asking brain teasers is very, very out of date – or people are misinterpreting what the questions are about," McDowell told the Guardian.
Software engineer Gayle Laakmann McDowell has worked for companies including Microsoft, Google and Apple, but she’s also known in the technology industry for her books, Cracking the Coding Interview and The Google Resume, offering tips and insights to people looking to land a job in the tech industry.
In reading the list of the most common mistakes people (and especially software engineers) make on their resume, it’s important to remember how resumes are reviewed. Resumes are not read; they are skimmed for about 15 seconds. Let me say it again: resume screeners do not read your entire resume.
Gayle Laakmann McDowell is the founder and CEO of CareerCup.com, which offers technical interview preparation for software engineers, and is the author of “The Google Resume” and “Cracking the Coding Interview.” She has previously worked as software engineer at Microsoft, Google, and Apple, holds a bachelor’s and master’s in Computer Science, and an MBA from the Wharton School.
Sky-high grades and work experience play significant roles in landing top computer jobs, but independent projects are valued too, says Gayle Laakmann McDowell, author of "The Google Resume: How to Prepare for a Career and Land a Job at Apple, Microsoft, Google, or any Top Tech Company." ...
... In the course of all this event organization, Weaver began to notice a familiar face. This was Gayle Laakmann, a computer engineer and fellow Seattle settler. The two became friends, realizing they had endured the same social chill, and overcome it by coordinating gatherings for large groups of local residents. This mutual interest led the duo to join forces, and they co-founded Seattle Anti-Freeze that fall. As Weaver explained, the group’s name originated from an article in the February 15, 2005 edition of Pacific Northwest, the Seattle Times’ weekly magazine.
I had an "aha" moment while reading "The Google Resume" in preparation for myinterview with author Gayle Laakmann McDowell. As a person who frequently experiences brain freeze unrelated to ice cream and also brain-tongue disconnect, I think her advice to create a preparation grid for interviews is a winner.