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28 October
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How Developers Scan Job Descriptions: SDE

Quality_EngineeringSoftware Development Engineer (Seattle)

Previously, Geekology interviewed an iOS Mobile Developer and an QA Engineer to learn how potential technical candidates feel about the job descriptions they would run into. In this installment in our series, we set to find out more by interviewing an experienced SDE currently working at a leading technology company. You will soon see from the candidate’s perspective on how he approaches the application process. Please note: the following analyses only reflects the opinion of the specific interviewee.

Please give us your career summary.

I’m a software engineer with 4 years of experience – 2 years at startups and 2 at a corporate level company. My key skills include:

  • C++
  • iOS Development
  • Parallel Computing
  • Computer graphics

If you were to get a new job today, what would it be? Read more…

08 April
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Decoding Microsoft’s SDE Titles and Levels

MicrosoftTechnical recruiters unavoidably will run into current or former Microsoft engineers, especially on the West Coast.  Software development engineers (SDE) at Microsoft are grouped based on an internal title and level system.  Here is a quick walk-through of how Microsoft ranks their software engineers (technical individual contributors).

SDE band:

  • Level 59 – Straight out of school with an undergraduate degree.
  • Level 60 – Straight out of school with a master’s degree or college grads with some experience. Read more…
27 January
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Do You Speak Geek?

Do you speak geek

Seattle, where I live, is a coffee obsessed city. No matter you live here in Seattle or elsewhere, if, when you hear the word “Java”, a computer programming language comes to mind before a cup of hot drink, count yourself in as a denizen of Geek-speaking land.

Being one of the leading technology hubs, Seattle seems to have an even stronger obsession with technology and geek culture than with coffee. You might not be a geek who writes code, but most likely you have plenty of geeks around you at work, in your social circle, or in your family.

So you ask, “Why should I, as an HR or recruiting professional, care about speaking Geek?”If any part of your job involves recruiting technical people, you should care deeply. Here is why, according to this Undercover Recruiter article on “How to Recruit Technology Talent”: Read more…

18 September
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Geek Language Quiz 1

taking a test or quizIn this “Geek Language Quiz” series, we’ll list some commonly asked questions about technical terms, especially for recruiting purposes, and their answers. Test and score yourself on your understanding of the Geek language. Have fun!

Q. How are Java and JavaScript related?

A. They are not related for the most part. Java is an general-purpose programming language. JavaScript is most commonly used for interacting with end users, such as in a web application users see in a browser.  However, with the introduction of Node.js, JavaScript is also used for backend development.

Q. What is Open Source Software? Read more…