10 Do’s and Dont’s for Tech Interviewers

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Some big news: I’m moving to Bitly!

I’ve had an amazing two years at NBCUniversal, and while I’ll miss working with all the talented people over at NBC, it was time for some new challenges and a change of scenery.

I’m not going to lie, it was really nice this time around to have the luxury of job hunting while I already had a job. And by luxury I mean that I didn’t need to settle for just anything that would pay a living wage and I could afford to be a little pickier. Unfortunately, it also meant that I was basically working two jobs for a while: my day job and then finding a new job.

Since I wasn’t in a rush this time, I also had a chance to see just how truly horrendous the technical interview process can be. I’m sure that a lot of these are true for other industries, but I only have experience in tech, so this is my viewpoint.

There are so many guidelines and lists of do’s and dont’s out there for job hunters. So for the love of god, can we get a few for the people who are actually interviewing us? Since I couldn’t seem to find any for interviewers, here’s my list, courtesy of actual real-life experiences I’ve had over the past months.

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New for the Sake of New : an argument for older solutions

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We have been doing a lot of traveling recently, which has involved a lot of staying at other peoples’ homes and getting an intimate look at their lifestyles.

It’s so easy to forget that what I consider “normal” is very different from someone else’s “normal”. My favorite moment was definitely a woman who was horrified that I carried my groceries home by myself. I honestly don’t think much of carrying thirty pounds of groceries ten blocks home since that’s just normal to me. However, for someone who has always had a car that probably sounded like torture :)

I forget that my friends and immediate family live a pretty nomadic and light lifestyle, partially from choice, partially because of circumstances out of our control. The families that we were staying with were definitely at the opposite end of the spectrum. After having a few weeks with every creature comfort at my disposal (I’m not going to lie, it was an enjoyable experience for a few days), it was nice to return home with the knowledge that I have definitely chosen the right lifestyle for me.

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One Simple Trick for Optimizing Images

One of the biggest reasons why a web page loads slowly is because of images (the other is video, but let’s not get into that…). Big, beautiful images make absolutely stunning website designs, but they can really kill your performance stats when you try to download large image files over a slow connection.

Obviously there are ways to get around using image assets, such as font-icons, CSS3 shapes, and SVG sprites. But if nothing but a jpeg will do, there are still a few ways to reduce the file size.

One way is to simply reduce the image quality. Of course, we want to hit that sweet spot between reducing the file size yet still having a crisp image. One of my coworkers reminded me of a great trick that’s a little non-intuitive but is dead-simple, so I thought I’d share it.

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20 of my Favorite Science Fiction Books

I am an absolutely voracious reader and have been since I was little. At the moment I have the (dubious) pleasure of an hour long commute both ways, so I spend a lot of time reading. While I’ll give any book a chance, if I’m not into the story after a few chapters, I’ll just put it down. I never quite understood the people who feel like they need to finish every book they start, reading is supposed to be fun!

Anyway, while I’ll read just about anything, my favorite genre is definitely science fiction. I’ve had a few people new to the genre ask me for recommendations and usually I just point them to this list. I always make a point to check out the new releases for the year, but these are the books that I consider “classic” science fiction and that I wind up reading again and again.

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Style Remix: Culottes

I’ve been pretty serious around here for the past couple of weeks, so let’s take a break and talk about clothes shall we?

Even though I haven’t continued posting about my FPFW, that doesn’t mean that I’ve completely abandoned it. One of the pieces that I want to try out for the winter is a pair of culottes. While they won’t be very usable until the temperature is above freezing, it looks like the trend will still be going strong this spring.

I absolutely love it when a trend is also very practical. I wasn’t sure about culottes when I first saw them on the runways last year, but then I realized that with the right cut they look just like my trusty knee-length skirts but they still have all the practicality of pants. While I love wearing skirts and dresses, but they don’t really go well with sitting on the ground, climbing on top of or under desks to wrangle cords and electronics, subway grates when the train passes by, or those creaky metal stairs (aka permanent ladders) in NYC buildings. I run into all of these situations surprisingly often for some reason.

I’ve been eyeing a cheap pair of culottes from ASOS to try out this trend before I invest in a pricier pair. Here are a few ways that I’m planning on wearing them:

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How to Accomplish your Resolutions

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One of my favorite New Year’s Eve traditions is writing a letter to my future self and reading  my letter from the previous year. This mini time-capsule tradition is a great way to see how much things have changed and to reflect on my goals for the upcoming year.

Of course, it’s not enough to just write down our goals and resolutions for this year. It also takes some work to make them a reality. So if you’re making resolutions on January 1st (or anytime really!) here are a few ways to make sure that they aren’t abandoned by February.

My method for tackling goals borrows heavily from how I handle projects at work. I know some people see this process as “too serious” for personal goals, but why shouldn’t we be as serious about our personal development as we are about our careers? Besides, if this process can get a bunch of designers and developers to complete a project on time (which is basically like herding cats) it can definitely help out the rest of us with our own goals and resolutions!

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Why Designers Should Know How to Code

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Whether or not designers should know how to code is an argument that’s been raging for the past few years. While there are lots of articles and posts that vehemently support both sides of the argument, I figured I’d add in my two cents since I’ve not only taught members of our UX and design team how to program, but have also worked on projects with both coding designers and non-coding designers. I’ve had a chance to really appreciate both sides of the argument, with all other variables being equal, and I’m afraid that I’m firmly in the pro-coding designers camp.

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