Tyler from Less Annoying Business here. Here's what's new:
Making your first hire [Podcast]
This week, we discussed a listener question about how to make your first hire. I especially like the topic of how startups can compete now that more established companies are offering perks like remote work.
Does design matter? [Blog post]
I'm cheating a bit here. Since I've been on vacation, I didn't write a new blog post this week, so this is an old one examining how much it makes sense for a small business to focus on web design. tl;dr: Design serves the same purpose as wearing a suit in a professional setting. It creates a good first impression, but that's about it.
What I've been working on
I'm back from vacation! I was a great opportunity to relax and recharge.
I've got a lot of catching up to do, but the main thing on my plate is hiring a new developer. We're currently figuring out what the interview process will be, and I'm excited about the progress we're making. A lot of interviews have the same problem: They're measuring the wrong thing. For example, a lot of technical interviews test to see if a candidate can solve brain teasers or memorize complex algorithms even though the actual job doesn't involve doing either of those things.
We're restructuring our technical interview to be as close to the real thing as possible. We're shifting away from a Q&A format and instead spending the time on "pair programming" which is when two people write code together. This is much more similar to the actual day-to-day job, so we're hoping it will be a better way to evaluate the candidates.