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What do companies consider being passionate about programming? [on hold]

Nowadays people love using this adjective about everything they do. Passion, being passionate. But what exactly is the interpretation that companies and their recruiters have when they hear this or ...
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Screen out software engineers with poor communication skills? [closed]

Personally, I try to speak and write impeccable English. I try to capitalize proper nouns, get punctuation correct, use parallel form, and employ precise verbiage. (I'm also a fan of the Oxford comma, ...
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Do hiring managers have a hard time accepting developers who have a “business look alike” personal app but are NOT entrepreneurs? [closed]

Directly post graduation from University, I decided to build my own web app (Ease My Day) while waiting to get a job as a software Engineer. The reasons to build this app: Gain solid hands on ...
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How to recognize people with potential to become a coder [closed]

I work in finance and we have the habit to hire young people out of college, most of them with little-to-non coding experience. We are not looking for future quants, just business analysts with an ...
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How to integrate a second programmer to a startup [duplicate]

I'm the technical founder of a startup and I'm currently looking to hire a second developer for our product. Since I've been the sole developer, there is no formal organization for the project and I ...
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Are big IT companies continuously firing or continuously expanding? [closed]

Today I just received my (almost-daily) mail from a big company career automated job search like the following: Based on your search criteria the following openings are now available: * Senior ...
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When interviewing programmers, are algorithm problem solving skills relevant for a job were solving such algoritm problems isn't normally needed? [closed]

Software created for some business domains don't require heavy use of algorithm problem solving skills on the job from the programmers working there. For example, a JEE developer might most of the ...
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How to identify potential for becoming a programmer [closed]

There's heaps of information out there on hiring someone who's already a programmer. (Or claims to be one.) But what about identifying someone who has the potential to become a programmer, with ...
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Old programmer disappeared. About to hire another programmer. How do I approach this? [closed]

After spending over one year working on a social network project for me using WordPress and BuddyPress, my programmer has disappeared, even though he got paid every single week, for the whole period. ...
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I've never interviewed anybody before… HELP? [closed]

There were 3 developers at this GIS tracking company, but now there's 2. Last week my boss was fired. Today, new developers will be coming in for interviews. They'll be coming in from a placement ...
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Good coding problem/s to use in an interview [closed]

I've read a lot of different articles on how to locate good programmers, including the Joel Spolsky and Steve Yegge stuff. Overall I feel we have a pretty good interview process. We ask good ...
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Choosing the language to build an app in based on hiring market vs performance and maintainability [closed]

I'm facing a choice of whether to start building Haskell components for a certain production app that is all done in Ruby. I'm leaning toward Haskell for several reasons, primarily speed (compiled ...
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Does the expansion of new technologies cause a perceived shortage of skill? [closed]

Systems programming and desktop application development is a well established field. In recent years, web and mobile development have shown rapid expansion. As a software engineer I understand that ...
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How do you visually represent programming skills? [closed]

I had a discussion with a recruiter recently that made me wish I could visually represent programming skills. In trying to explain how skills relate, what are the important properties of those ...
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How should I assess answers to the programming assignment I use for hiring

After our phone screen, but before a face to face interview, I ask our candidates to complete a short programming assignment. It involves writing a small command line program in C, which should run ...
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OO Design related questions in technical interviews

I've been attending quite a few interviews recently and have been asked by companies to answer "design a [insert model]" questions more than a few times. Is this normal in the industry nowadays? ...
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Asking potential developers to draw UML diagrams during the interview

Our interview process currently consists of several coding questions, technical questions and experiences at their current and previous jobs. Coding questions are typically a single method that does ...
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Hiring Developers - Any tips on being more efficient? [closed]

I represent a software company that is in process of building a large software development team. We are picky in who we hire and have really good retention rate (most of the devs have been here for an ...
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Under which circumstances (if any) does it make sense to work for a startup, for free? [closed]

I've been bumping around the startup world for a while, and most startups I've seen seem to have (amongst other things) two things in common: A lack of money An inability to, reliably, hire good ...
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Testing Git competence [closed]

I hire a lot of programmers for tiny tasks. I very clearly specify that the tasks can only be completed by making a pull request on GitHub. Unfortunatelly, so many programmers do not know Git and ...
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How to add a new developer to the team

I run a small company composed of only 2 developers. We are building a very big application for one of our clients. Development on this project has gone on for 1.5 years. Now this client has secured ...
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Should I contract someone to help me with an existing project?

I have a paid Android app that I made by myself this past summer and I've been working on it throughout the year. The app is geared toward a professional niche market (but there are people all around ...
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Open Source sponsored feature development

I am considering to sponsor a development of some particular features in some Open Source tools. I would like the results of the work to be available publicly, and if possible, to be included in the ...
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How do I prove I'm a capable full-time hire after 3 years of a CS degree & lots of summer experience? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? I'm in kind of a strange predicament. There have been family ramifications that I've had to leave ...
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How to effectively find, hire and work with contractors?

I know there are some questions that are sort of similar to this one, but I don't think any of them really ask or answer my set of questions. A bit of background: Approximately 6 mos ago, I went ...
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What to look for in Startup employees [closed]

I am an engineer but don't have a computer science background. I am proficient with Python, Django, use Mongo and know a bit of C++ / C#. Dabble with NGinx here and there. My weekend project, a nifty ...
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Importance of bitwise thinking [duplicate]

I take interview for my company. During interview I've faced many candidates having 1 to 3 years of experience in their field. Typically, they had experience in C#, Java, J2ME, iOS and similar ...
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3answers
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What do you absolutely have to know about a candidate before hiring him? [closed]

What essential questions do you have to know the answer for, about a prospective software development candidate, before hiring him/her? I'm not seeking specific interview problems (e.g. sort this 3D ...
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5answers
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Hire for the job/project or hire for the future? [closed]

I'm at a pivotal point in my small software company where I have reached the critical mass of too much work and need to hire someone. Simple question: Do I hire someone who is simply qualified and ...
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3answers
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Resumes: Open-Source Projects, Reinventing the Wheel?

When writing a resume, should I be concerned that certain open source projects I've created might be a hindrance to me because they would be perceived as reinventing the wheel? I've created a few ...
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Experience With Similar Technologies: Convincing HR People?

Let's say that a job posting asks for experience in technology X. You have no experience in X but you do have experience in technology Y, which you're convinced is similar enough that the learning ...
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How relevant are Brainbench scores when evaluating candidates?

I've seen many companies using certification services such as Brainbench when evaluating candidates. Most times they use it as a secondary screen prior to interview or as a validation to choose ...
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How to interview a natural scientist for a dev position?

Original Question I already did some interviews for my company, mostly computer scientists for dev positions but also some testers and project managers. Now I have to fill a vacancy in our research ...
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How to estimate effort required to convert a large codebase to another language/platform [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best way to estimate cost related to porting code from language A to language B? We have an MFC C++ program with around 200,000 lines of code in it. It's pretty much ...
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What qualifications are most important for an outsourcing manager?

I am considering hiring someone exclusively to manage outsourcing of relatively small projects on Guru.com or VWorker.com. The person should be located close to me so I can have face-to-face ...
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Is it really that hard to find good developers? [closed]

There was a topic about job marker few days ago, and urban legends about this topic have been floating around as well. So, what's your experience? Have you tried hiring programmers (it's probably a ...
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How do I convince my employer to hire an additional developer without selling myself short?

I'm the only developer at a small company. I've slowly moved into development here; until ~4 months ago 50-75% of my time was spent on operations. Now, 50-75% of my time is spent on development, with ...
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What are some good tasks to assign co-op students/interns?

My company is investigating hiring a University Computer Science co-op student (BSc year 3) for a 4- or 8-month work term. (I'm not sure how internationally-recognized the term co-op is - it's ...
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What does long-term freelancing say about a developer's experience?

I have been interviewing candidates lately for a developer position requiring 10+ years experience and have come across a couple of CVs that I am not sure how to understand: I have interviewed a few ...
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How does an interviewer get a glimpse of a candidates thought process during an interview? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do you interview someone with more experience than you? How can I really “wow” an employer at an interview? I am a bit puzzled by the whole technical ...
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness?

After seeing this question today on variation of the FizzBuzz interview question, as well as seeing other questions related to it around, I have to ask: is there any formal research on how effective ...
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Is programming a profession not for a person with speech impairment?

My friend has 15 years of programming experience and Ph.D. in mathematics. He has also cerebral palsy with speech impairment. Because of his handicap, he chose to being a software developer after his ...
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How to pick a web application software engineer?

How should I pick a web application software engineer? The (permanent) position is to rewrite the client of an existing desktop client server application. The pages will not be generated ...
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Train for the job or train for the skill? [closed]

I'm in charge of hiring for a small java shop. We have a very limited hiring budget so we tend to pickup fresh grads cheap and spend time training them. I have found colleges and universities do quite ...
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Two applicants, two different responses, what one would be correct? [closed]

During an interview for a C++ programmer position at ACME, two candidates are asked to create a program that takes asks the user to type in two integers, and then prints out their sum. The first ...
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Should I expect recent grads to be familiar with basic programming concepts?

It seems there's a HUGE discrepancy between what I expect someone who's studied programming for a few years at university, and what one actually knows. I don't feel like I'm asking overcomplicated ...
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Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know

Background: I'm an experienced developer and technical architect (C#, Delphi, Java, Clojure, Assembler, Perl, various esoteric functional programming languages) We need to hire some Ruby developers ...
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How to hire a good C# developer if I don't know C#?

I'm a C++ developer. I know how Windows works on the native level, but I'm not a big expert in C# and .NET. Now I need a C# developer in my team (all my developers are C++). How can I hire a great C# ...
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How to hire a contract/outsourced architect for

The company I work for has a legacy application that we are looking at rewriting and enhancing using more modern technology. We are a very small company (5 people) and do not have the resources to ...
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Contract-to-hire - determining rate? [closed]

I'm in discussion with a company for a full-time web development position. Since the position would require telecommuting or a relocation of my family, we've agreed on doing 2-4 weeks of contract work ...