Without a doubt I think this is going to be the most popular CJIQ podcast, maybe ever! Sarah Sellers is from iKas international, an international recruitment agency based in HK, Singapore, Australia, London and New York (aka the glamour locations!). I remember when I first had a call from a recruiter and being caught completely off guard so I approached this interview from the perspective of a complete beginner. Whether you’re changing jobs for the first time or it’s been a long time since you dealt with a recruiter, or you just wanted an open and frank discussion with a recruiter this episode is for you.
I think the big takeaway from this podcast is trust, and finding a recruiter that you feel you can work with. From my experience as well there are a lot of “slimey” recruiters, but there are also a number of diamonds in the rough. Go for coffee with a number of recruiters and find the one you feel comfortable with.
If you want to contact Sarah, you can reach her via firstname.lastname@example.org, or take her advice and give her a call at +852 3970 6604 (Skype does international numbers!), or hit twitter at ikashongkong. Let her know you heard her on the podcast.
I’m also happy to announce the official release of Java Interview Bootcamp, my first book under the CJIQ banner. If you’re looking for a new developer role then stop googling for example interview questions and check this out. The first half of the book is dedicated to the “soft skills” of interviewing, which I think is the most important part of the interview. The second half is a comprehensive core Java review. The book has been in beta for 2 months and I’ve had some incredible feedback from people who now have a new job thanks to this book. I’d love it if you could check it out now.