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Hiring Site Reliability Engineers

Todd Underwood
Shylaja Nukala
;login:, vol. 40, No. 3 (2015), pp. 35-39


Operating distributed systems at scale requires an unusual set of skills—problem solving, programming, system design, networking, and OS internals—which are difficult to find in one person. At Google, we’ve found some ways to hire Site Reliability Engineers, blending both software and systems skills to help keep a high standard for new SREs across our many teams and sites, including standardizing the format of our interviews and the unusual practice of making hiring decisions by committee. Adopting similar practices can help your SRE or DevOps team grow by consistently hiring excellent coworkers.

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