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Lessons from a year’s worth of hiring data

Lessons from a year’s worth of hiring data:

While interviewing such a wide cross section of people, I realized that I had a golden opportunity to test some of the prevalent folk wisdom about hiring. The results were pretty surprising, so I thought it would be cool to share them. Here’s what I found:

  • typos and grammatical errors matter more than anything else
  • having attended a top computer science school doesn’t matter
  • listing side projects on your resume isn’t as advantageous as expected
  • GPA doesn’t seem to matter

And the least surprising thing that I was able to confirm was that:

  • having worked at a top company matters

Of course, a data set of size 300 is a pittance, and I’m a far cry from a data scientist. Most of the statistics here is done with the help of Statwing and with Wikipedia as a crutch. With the advent of more data and more rigorous analysis, perhaps these conclusions will be proven untrue. But, you gotta start somewhere.

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