One-off sessions are a great option if you’re looking for specific advice on a certain topic.
One-off mentorship session, either for my regular mentees who want to meet more frequently than our normal plan, or anyone else who has a standalone topic. Feel free to message me with any questions beforehand!
I've done over 1,000 technical interviews for Amazon/AWS. As a so-called "bar raiser", I had a unique role beyond simply interviewing candidates: I worked with hiring managers and recruiters to arrange the interview panels themselves (which interviewers, which questions/areas to cover), I was responsible for …
This package includes a 30min intake and overview session, and then two 60min mock interview sessions, all of which you can schedule at your convenience (typically spaced apart by a few days to a week). This format allows me to do a deeper dive with …
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My name is Dan, and I'm a freelance software engineer, technology consultant, and coach/mentor based in Seattle, Washington, USA.
I spent 15 years working as a professional software engineer (most of it for Amazon and AWS, up to the Principal / Staff level), then in 2022 I decided to strike out on my own with a one-man consulting firm. Right now, I work part-time on projects that interest me, do some mentoring/coaching/interview prep on the side, and the rest of the time is spent with my family (super cool wife and two awesome kids!) and hobbies.
During my time at Amazon/AWS, I participated in over 1,000 hiring panels as a "Bar Raiser". This special role meant that not only was I interviewing each candidate, but I did all the pre-interview planning (topics for each interviewer to cover), led the hiring panel discussion, guided the group to a hire/no-hire decision, and ultimately I could "veto" a candidate if I felt they were not right for Amazon in the long-term. The Bar Raiser program was Amazon's way of keeping the high hiring bar consistent across the company as it grew larger, and serving as a check against the natural incentive of a hiring manager to aggressively fill their open headcount.
As a Bar Raiser, I also conducted "behavioral interviews" in addition to technical interviews within my own expertise (software engineering), meaning I was talking to each candidate, diving into their past experience, and evaluating how well they fit Amazon's "leadership principles" in a broad way. This meant I interviewed a broad range of candidates in addition to SDEs, such as SDE-Ts, QA Engineers, Technical Program Managers, Engineering Managers, Product Managers, and many others, from entry-level up to Principal / Staff (L4-L7).
I now leverage this unique experience to do a lot of "interview coaching" on the other side of the hiring desk, helping candidates to prepare for technical and behavioral interviews.
Besides my monthly mentorship plan, I also offer a standalone "Software Interview Preparation" package (under Sessions). This may be a better fit than the monthly mentorship if you have a short-term need to brush up on interviewing, but still allows us to dive deeper and cover more material than a single one-off session.
Feel free to send me an inquiry if you have any questions!
I'm a freelance software developer, technology consultant, and technical interview coach, with 15+ years full-stack software experience up to the …
Hi there! I'm a freelance software engineer and coach/mentor based in Seattle, Washington, USA
We will send you a quick email if Dan has new open spots for mentorship, and only in that case!