How to hire front-end engineers


Chris Zacharias, a YouTube front-end developer, had a very thoughtful postaround the challenges of hiring front-end engineers. Despite having hired a lot of engineers during my career (as engineering manager, VP of engineering, founder, & CEO) and having honed a process for figuring out who was likely to work, the front-end (HTML, CSS, & Javascript) role has become the biggest challenge of the lot— especially after the 2004 "AJAX revolution" when the role became quite a bit meatier.

And it wasn't until Zacharias's piece that I realized that it's because I'd always used the wrong resume screening & interview approach. Because I've recently fielded a load of questions from entrepreneurs who also find this a hard role to recruit and hire for, here is a list of the "don'ts" that I had to learn the hard way.

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