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Presentation: "Hire Education - making interviews rock"

Track: Attracting Great People / Time: Friday 13:20 - 14:10 / Location: Elizabeth Windsor

Attending a job interview is hard. Interviewing candidate after candidate is just as hard. Sadly many of us become both interviewer and candidate with little or no training, context or experience. in this talk Trisha and Dan describe the dynamics of modern-day technical interviewing, from both sides of the table. You will learn how to effectively assess candidates, treat them fairly and even-handedly, and effectively gather and cross-reference evidence to support a hiring - or passing - decision (which is vital in this litigious day and age). As a candidate you will learn how to get the most out of the interview, and how to lead it where necessary. Dan got through the toughest tech interview in the world. Trisha has worked for some of the toughest companies to get into. They know their onions.

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Dan North, Agile Troublemaker & Inventor of BDD

Dan North

Biography: Dan North

Dan North is a technology and organisational consultant helping CIOs, business and software teams to deliver quickly and successfully. He believes in putting people first and finding simple, pragmatic solutions to business and technical problems, often using lean and agile techniques. He finds most technology problems are really about communication and feedback, which explains his interest in organisational design, systems thinking and how people learn. He has been coding, consulting and coaching for over 20 years, and he occasionally blogs at dannorth.net.

Twitter: @tastapod

Trisha Gee, Developer 10gen, the MongoDB Company

Trisha Gee

Biography: Trisha Gee

Trisha is a developer at 10gen (the MongoDB company). She has expertise in Java high performance systems, is passionate about enabling developer productivity, and has a wide breadth of industry experience from the 12 years she's been a professional developer. Trisha is a leader in the London Java Community, and involved in the Graduate Development Community, she believes we shouldn't all have to make the same mistakes again and again.

Twitter: @trisha_gee