Hiring an Engineering Manager

A framework for hiring an EM at a tech company, and an overview of how Big Tech does it

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Question: My team is growing and I need to hire an engineering manager who will report to me. I’ve never done this before. How do I go about it?

Hiring your first engineering manager is always a challenge. And while it’s tempting to jump into what interviews you want to conduct, I suggest starting from further back: what is the role in your organization? Then build it up from there, through the hiring process, all the way to what happens after hiring.

In this issue we cover:

  • Building a process to hire EMs. A framework to hire engineering managers, from defining the role, through the interview process and hiring, …

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