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Presentation: The Art and Science of Interview Engineering


Location: Westminster, 4th flr.

Duration: 1:40pm - 2:30pm

Day of week: Monday


Interviews are the gateway between each of us and our next job. Yet, interviewing has never been recognized as its own discipline -- and many organizations are unable to conduct the number of interviews they need with the quality and consistency required to reach hiring targets.

So, what if interviewing were a job? Would it close this gap?

In this presentation, Karat Director of Developer Relations Lusen Mendel will share their journey from leading software engineering teams at IndieGogo and Rackspace to making Interview Engineering their job, including insights and best practices from the 60,000+ interviews Karat has conducted.

Attendees will learn:

  • Why better candidate experiences increase signal
  • How to deliver consistent interviews at scale
  • How to develop and test interview questions

Speaker: Lusen Mendel

Director of Developer Relations @karat

Lusen Mendel (they / them) is Director of Developer Relations at Karat, and speaks regularly about interview best practices for candidates, interviewers and organizations. Before moving to researching and sharing interview insights, they were responsible for hiring and performance managing hundreds of Interview Engineers as Karat's Director of Interviewing. Before joining Karat, Lusen managed software engineering teams at Indiegogo, Rackspace and Cloudkick, where they realized that fair, consistent and predictive hiring was not a reasonable side project -- it had to be a full-time job.

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