Valjean Clark


Here are some things I have learned about software engineering interviews over the course of my career. I hope these learnings can bring others the same peace they have brought me.


No matter how often I do it, I find that interviewing makes me nervous. While I have found ways to be less nervous, the inherent power dynamics and uncertainty always have some kind of nervous effect.

Having designed and participated in many types of interview panels, here are some things to keep in mind that should help you be a little less nervous while interviewing:

Hard truths

You might be feeling better about interviewing after reading the first section of this post, and you should! But there are also some hard truths.