Sourcing, Interviewing, and Hiring Systems Engineers

Monday, December 5, 2016 - 1:30pm5:00pm

Connie-Lynne Villani, Grilled Cheese Invitational
1:30 pm–5:00 pm


Managing a team of engineers inevitably means hiring engineers, a task that even experienced managers can find daunting. This workshop aims to bring together managers from industry and academia to share our techniques for finding talented staff that fit our needs. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Talking to recruiters—as the customer, not the product!
  • Writing job descriptions
  • Non-traditional ways of finding candidates
  • Prepping your team for interviews
  • Interviewing before you have a team
  • Interviewing for skills you don't have
  • Making a decision and an offer

Participants are encouraged to bring with them job descriptions that need revision as well as examples of descriptions and recruiting techniques that worked for their teams.

Connie-Lynne Villani, Grilled Cheese Invitational

With degrees in both Electrical Engineering and Theater Management, Connie-Lynne brings 20 years of System Engineering experience to the table, as well as a keen understanding of how to handle drama in the workplace. In addition to founding and managing Groupon's first SRE team, Connie-Lynne has worked at Linden Lab,, and Caltech, but admits that her most fun position is serving as a board member for the Grilled Cheese Invitational, an annual food festival celebrating all things cheesy.

@conference {208467,
author = {Connie-Lynne Villani},
title = {Sourcing, Interviewing, and Hiring Systems Engineers},
year = {2016},
address = {Boston, MA},
publisher = {USENIX Association},
month = dec