Worst case scenario, it will be a valuable new experience. Just don’t show up if you’re already happily married!
Speed Dating is an event for single people to meet face-to-face with like-minded people, to spark conversations with and possible romance.
Your host will give a welcome speech to let you know what to expect throughout the evening.
Once the dating part begins, the ladies will be seated at their allocated table. After four minutes, the bell will be rung; and all the girls will stay seated and all the guys will move round.
They spent most of the conversation explaining why they were content. Unfortunately, most of these people chose to mention this at the very end of the conversation. It’s the equivalent of attending an actual speed dating event and ending the conversation with “I’m happily married, I just came for the free beer”. I left so many of the conversations utterly confused. I marked a few developers with scores of 9’s and 10’s, but by the next day, I had no idea why. I gave one dev a 7 in the interview but reached out to him because of his resume. I would make it smaller and less wordy than my traditional resume. If you’re looking for a job or interested in switching I’d still recommend giving it a try.
Take a minute to complain and 25% of the time I’ve known you, you’ve been full of negativity. I can’t imagine a situation where complaining about your job makes you look good. If I’m a candidate, I’m avoiding all opinions about my current employer, good or bad. If I’ve only got four minutes to convince someone I’m worthy, I’m focusing on personality and skill set. One of the most surprising things from the night was the number of developers that didn’t want a job. If I were attending as a dev who had no intention of joining another company… But if I had to I’d be sure to lead off the conversation with that. No time to write more than a word or two about each candidate and a quick little ranking. I would bring a fun overview of my skills and experience with a small profile picture. In my experience, it would have put candidates on another level. Hundreds of developers flood into a room with 15–20 companies and “speed date”. As an interviewer, I saw many strategies that developers took.You get 4–5 minutes with each company and then you move on. It didn’t take learn to learn which were successful.Hacker X boasts Google, Twitter, and Uber as past companies. I hadn’t heard of any of the brands at the event I attended. While first impressions are hard to shake, at least with a real interview you get that chance. A staggering number of candidates spent too long complaining about their current situation. Hacker X provides interviewers with names and contact info for each attendee. But after speaking with tens and tens of candidates, it’s not easy to stand out.For companies, the pitch is that each developer was hand picked by the event coordinators. Our event was for full-stack developers with 5 years experience. Here, first impressions aren’t just important, they’re everything. Why their company was wronging them and how much better they are than that. After all the pleasantries, you’ve got about 240 seconds to impress. But don’t spend precious time convincing me that you’re a victim. The fast-paced nature of the event means there is zero time for reflection.
We always make sure there is a balanced ratio of men and women at our events.