The Engineer Hiring Arc
May 31st, 2022
4:00pm - 4:05pm GMT
Welcome to the MiniCon!
Andy Skipper, Founder of CTO Craft, introduces the day's speakers and topics, networking and the CTO Craft community and Mentoring Circles.
4:05pm - 4:30 pm GMT
Aline Lerner
Keynote session: Hiring Engineers - The One Thing You SHOULD Micromanage - Aline Lerner, Founder and CEO at
Hiring is often touted as the biggest priority of an eng leader, but in practice, both high-level strategy and day-to-day tactics are usually handled by the recruiting team. Is this the right approach? What do the numbers tell us?

In this talk, Aline will share hiring funnel data to quantify the opportunity cost of engineering leaders taking a backseat in hiring and outline the best way to maximize ROI on very limited time and resources. Should engineers actually do sourcing? How can just a few hours of involvement from eng leadership drastically increase close rates? Aline has been on all sides of the hiring table (engineer, eng manager, head of talent) and will leverage both her experience and industry hiring funnel data to lay out exactly what role engineering leadership should play in recruiting and how eng leadership can build the best hiring process for their org from day one.

4:30pm - 4:50pm GMT
Michal Juhas
Talk: How To Find and Headhunt Tech Talent Remotely - Michal Juhas, Tech Recruiting Consultant, former CTO at HotelQuickly
Michal will talk about strategies and hands-on techniques on how to use LinkedIn and GitHub to find qualified candidates to join your IT teams. He’ll share boolean search filters that you can copy-paste when you’re looking for full-stack developers, data engineers, and other IT specialists.
4:50pm - 5:05pm GMT
Ola Sitarska
Talk: Hiring Diverse Teams: Ola Sitarska - Senior Dev Manager at Shopify
Best practices of nurturing a representative hiring pipeline, objectively assessing the best candidates and improving the diversity of your tech team in a way that's both effective and pragmatism. Ola will share her experience of hiring women and other minorities from startups, through scale-ups to Shopify.
5:05pm - 5:25pm GMT
Fireside chat: The Perfect Job Post - Luca Rossi of
Job posts matter because your network is limited and at some point you need to convince total strangers that it is worthy to work with you. Either via outbound or inbound initiatives, you need a document that presents the opportunity under the best light possible.

As managers and business owners, hiring is our most important job. Full stop. In tech, this has become incredibly hard over the past few years. The remote shift made the competition global; turnover is at an all-time high; culture wars are fought between remote, office, and hybrid work, and more. Luca will discuss what it means to get hiring right.

5:25pm - 5:40pm GMT
A Short Break!
Grab a tasty beverage and check your emails - we'll be back shortly!
5:40pm - 6:00pm GMT
Fireside chat: Better Technical Assessments - Laura Tacho, Engineering Leadership Coach
How do you design a technical challenge that can accurately assess a candidate's skills? Recognise common pitfalls with technical assessments, like the belief that an anonymous coding challenge will eliminate bias from your interview process, and evaluate different techniques that can take your own assessments from good to great.
6:00pm - 6:15pm GMT
Talk: Assessing Culture Fit and Add - Jessica Zwaan, Whereby
How to build a scalable performance and cultural assessment mechanism.
6:15pm - 6:35pm GMT
Roy Rapoport
Fireside chat: Candidate Experience Design - Roy Rapoport, Director of Corporate Engineering at Netflix
6:35pm - 7:00 pm GMT
Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Keynote session: Is your offer compelling in a competitive hiring economy? - Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Engineering Leader and Co-Creator of Django
It’s a seller’s market for talent. Engineering compensation has skyrocketed over the last couple of years. That candidate you’re making an offer to probably has three other offers on the table. Hear how to make an offer that stands apart from the rest, and gives you the best shot of landing your favourite candidate.
7:00pm - 7:05pm GMT
Outro and Thanks
Closing thoughts and key takeaways
CTO Craft MiniCon: The Engineer Hiring Arc - A Conference by CTOs, for CTOs
Join us on May 31st for 3 hours of in-depth insights from some of the world’s leading experts in the Hiring Arc, and learn how they’ve sustained successful team growth through COVID and the Great Rethink. May 31st 2022
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