Welcome back to Not So Random Software. This week’s links are dedicated to Hiring; how to navigate skills shortage landscape, reflections on what you actually need, and tools that might be helpful to get it done.
A random article or paper
The First Round blog publishes wisdom from the top tech companies in Silicon Valley. This article collects some of the questions that people use to identify the right talent for their company.
A random video or podcast
Some people say that your company culture is who you hire, fire, and promote. So take some time to reflect on what culture you actually want to build. In this podcast, Tim Ferris interviews Ben Horowitz, the author of What You Do Is Who You Are. I haven’t read the book yet, but the conversation is interesting and helps you decode what culture actually is.
A random book
I never thought I would end up reading a book on hiring, but I guess there is a first time for everything. I am currently reading Who: The A Method for Hiring, but any other recommendation is welcome!
A random tool
Hook is a tool to link and then retrieve associated files, email, web pages and more. Say for example you are currently working on hiring. You probably have three pieces of information in front of you; the HR tool, the candidate CV, and several web pages linked to that candidate. With Hook, you can keep your focus by linking all these items together with a shortcut and then jump back and forth between them. No more searching between the various windows or files!
A random line of code
If you are trying to determine the date of the third Monday (or Tuesday, Wednesday, etc…) of a given month, you might realize that this is a bit more tricky than you initially guessed. The Ruby Way book actually has a snippet of code for that. I personally find it quite hard to read, but here it is!
def nth_wday(n, wday, month, year)
if (!n.between? 1,5) or
(!wday.between? 0,6) or
raise ArgumentError, "Invalid day or date"
t = Time.local year, month, 1
first = t.wday
if first == wday
fwd = 1
elsif first < wday
fwd = wday - first + 1
elsif first > wday
fwd = (wday+7) - first + 1
target = fwd + (n-1)*7
t2 = Time.local year, month, target
if t2.mday == target
A random quote
There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?David Foster Wallace