Ask the HARD questions when Hiring AND Interviewing!

As we embark on more growth at SterlingTS our hiring continues to increase which leads to a lot of resumes, phone calls, and interviews. My peers and I have been discussing and taking this process very seriously, but I wanted to share some sentiments to all of my fellow technologists, engineers, and hiring managers.

Everything you do before, during, and after the hiring process is a direct reflection not only on you as a manager, but on the organization you represent. Be consistent, challenging but respectful, and most of all honest, and you will end up with candidates who meet the bar you’ve set, fit the culture and values of your team(s) and will ultimately be more successful.

Don’t let the pressure of hiring convince you to settle for candidates who aren’t an ideal fit in the things that matter most. Similarly, don’t let the pressure of finding a job force you to settle for an employer that isn’t a match if at all possible. Ask the hard questions about the work, and the company, and you’ll be well respected for asking the questions that matter most!

Helping Transform Engineering at SterlingTS

Today I had the wonderful pleasure of championing several technology initiatives with my colleagues in Bellevue during an all-hands technology town-hall. We focused specifically on implementing Docker across our teams for our end-to-end development lifecycle, which is going to transform how we build software.

Our teams are doing really amazing work with some of the most talented engineers I have ever had the pleasure to work with. I am really excited for what we are doing this year, and my teams are looking for passionate software engineers who want to build transformative SaaS applications and tackle software challenges across many microservices and legacy applications.

Also posted on LinkedIn.

NodeJS API Scaffolding

If you’re looking to launch an API using NodeJS, here is a very handy scaffolded application starting point:¬†

What you get:

  • Logging
  • JWT Authentication
  • MongoDB (via Mongoose) modeling
  • md-seed¬†migration and seed management for MongoDB
  • Docker & Docker-Compose provisioning
  • dotenv¬†environment variable management
  • APIDOC automatically generated documentation

Check out the repository for a quick rundown and getting-started guide, and if you have any questions or issues please don’t hesitate to ask.

Major thank you to danielfsousa and his boilerplate for the starting point of this scaffolding.