I have been doing lots of interviews recently. My project is half way and it is very behind in the schedule. How do we get into this mess in the first place? As usual it is bad management decision. Somehow we underestimate the complexity of the chip and largely overestimate the productivity of Indian contractors. The only way to stop the project from slipping further is adding more resource. When we first move our operation to Indian, one of the promised advantage is we will be able to get as many engineers as we need. Never believe any sales pitch, especially the sales pitch of Indian contracting firms. Wipro basically runs out of qualified engineers that meets our requirement. Indian contractors is the casue of the mess, it would be repeating the same mistake to hire more of them. This time we are hiring N. America contractors.
The project is in pretty bad shape, so we are approved to hire 10 engineers. To fill those positions, we have to do lots of interviews. I guess my boss is too busy to interview all of them, so I am helping him to interview the candidates. I did mostly phone interviews since most of the candidates are from the East Coast. I even have an interview with someone from Israel. I kinda act like the first line of defense, screening the qualification of the interviewees before pasting them to my boss for 2nd round interview. My role is to preform technical interview, trying to determine whether the guy knows enough to be productive. Since I am doing phone interview, I can’t ask very detail technical question because it may require some writing and drawing. I found asking what challenges the candidate had in his previous project is very effectively in judging his level of expertise. The more experience the person has, the challenge is usually more complicate. Sitting in the other side of the table gives me new insights. The questions asked by the Interviewer always have a certain purpose. A successful interviewee should look beyond the factual question and try to give answer in a way that satisfies what the interviewer is looking for.