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Remote Working & Relocation [closed]

Sorry if this question is a duplicate, I did some extensive searching and found nothing on quite the same topic (though a couple on partially-overlapping topics). Recently, whilst on holiday in ...
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Places to find free software projects who need developers/project managers? [closed]

While I have plenty of project management "booksmarts" and a handful of PM experience, I don't seem to have enough experience to get the sort of job I want. Since "I read another PM book/blog ...
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How do you successfully hire out a few programmers to make it cost effective?

Many of us know this situation well: we're a one-man (woman) development team, we need some extra help to keep up with all the tasks, the budget is small and we decide to get some help. But hiring ...
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What's the deal with programming languages as strict job requirements? [closed]

I went to a "job fair" recently and I was surprised to see how much emphasis workplaces seem to put on the programming languages candidates are familiar with. From my (admittedly limited) experience, ...
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How would you assess a programmer's Github profile?

Lots of people in the open source community say they strongly consider a candidate's Github profile when hiring. I'm active on Github, with a few projects of my own and some contributions to others. ...
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How can you filter out irritable programmers in interviews? [closed]

So I've had a few situations now where programmers have passed the interview teams with flying colors, only to find when they arrive on scene, they demonstrate an extreme touchiness any time any ...
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What responses disqualify a candidate from hiring during the interview? [closed]

You are in the process of looking for candidates for a software development position, all the resumes are reviewed, and you made a couple of interview invites. Now, the folks show up in the conference ...
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How important is a good coding style for the decision to hire a programmer?

Even as a student I am asked to review the code of programmers who have (not) passed a test (create a list of Fibonacci numbers on android). While I am very strict on coding style I just read about ...
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Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college?

I graduated with a BS in compsci last September, and I've been trying (unsuccessfully) to find a job as a project manager ever since. I fell in love with software engineering (the formal practice ...
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How valid is ITJobsWatch data?

(I've been wondering all day whether to ask this question here - my biggest concern would be that it would be seen as off-topic, or not relevant. It's not relevant to the US, this is true, but it is ...
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Are code screening services worthwhile? [closed]

I've seen websites that screen programmers by their ability to write code. It's a service that you enter a programming question into and then send out a link. Job candidates program their solution to ...
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A Crash Course in ASP.NET

I'm a .NET developer who's eying up new jobs for a change of pace. My career so far has led me to become quite proficient with C#, WPF, WinForms, MSSQL, and all kinds of goodies in the .NET framework ...
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Would leading a major refactoring effort appeal to a senior developer?

My company is inheriting a large code base for two products that's fragmented into different applications using different languages and technologies, with a significant portion of it spaghetti code. ...
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Proving Yourself

I guess it isn't that common but occasionally there are some software developers who didn't actually go to college and just spent their teens hacking away at pet projects and learned enough to work ...
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How productive is an excellent developer compared to an average one? [duplicate]

I believe that I read somewhere that Google has a rule of thumb that an excellent developer is around 300 times more productive than an average one. Does anyone have any rules of thumb used by large ...
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Hiring a programmer much more qualified & experienced than yourself?

My employer is hiring a programmer - more specifically, I am interviewing and selecting the person who will fill the position. The best candidate right now is far more qualified than I am, older, and ...
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Is “Hiring only the Best” a really practical advice for normal desktop application programming? [closed]

For background, we are doing desktop engineering applications, with an AutoCAD like UI, something similar to etabs. One thing that really bugs me is, is there any need to hire the very best ...
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Standardization across an organization: Good or Bad?

Currently I work for an java shop that places a high value on standardization. This includes common things(styles, javadocs, formatting, etc.) on to what I consider slightly more draconian ...
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Is it a good idea to take a dev job knowing you'll be leaving shortly? [closed]

I'm currently in a very stable, comfortable dev position where most of my growth as a developer is solo. My current team doesn't really discuss software development and not everyone is interested in ...
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Do job postings exaggerate their requirements? [closed]

I feel like a reasonably qualified programmer, but a lot of job postings I run into make me feel otherwise. Almost all of them separate qualifications into requirements and desirables, but even the ...
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Development Teams - Can One Bad Apple Spoil the Bunch? [closed]

...One of the most important features a new employee should have is compatibility with the spirit of the people who already work there. {...} I am convinced that gaining insight into the ...
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How do I find someone to build an app for me? [closed]

I have an idea that I would like to develop as an app. I have no programming skills though. -Can someone point to some resources on how I can hire a reputable company to do the job for me. What are ...
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What's an assessment day and what kind of individual & group based programming activities are involved?

The only things that I know: An assessment day is much more than a simple interview. Actually 1 or more interviews are just a part of it. Both individual and group based programming activities are ...
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Can a developer move into a fast-paced career later in life? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How old is “too old”? Most developers I know pushed really hard to get ahead in their careers early on, then maybe slowed down about 10 to 15 years in to ...
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Code Samples and Interviews?

I've seen a number of questions since I've been here where, in the answer, someone has asserted that they would never use portfolios or code samples coded outside of the interview process to judge a ...
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Hiring a Junior Developer, What should I ask?

We are currently hiring a junior developer to help me out, as I have more projects than I can currently manage. I have never hired anyone who wasn't a friend or at least an acquaintance. I have a ...
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What are the things you can do to maximize your chances of hitting good programmers in the campus?

I'm thinking about approaching my lecturers in my university for student recommendation for me to hire. So far the emails I sent are not very encouraging. The lecturers either coming back to me, ...
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outsourcing code review/refactoring

I have a small project (3000 lines in Python) that I wrote myself; it has no known bugs and has some decent parts, but is largely a mess because of my lack of time. Unfortunately, I have to be the one ...
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Recruiting programmers- going beyong the code

I'm recruiting coders. The first step is to carry out a test to cut out the "chafe", but do I just make a decision based on the fact that the shortlisted candidates are the best in the world at ...
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What do developers want to learn at their next startup?

As a developer, i know how much I like learning new stuff. Now that I'm hiring developers for my startup, I know I can't compete with Google's zillion-dollar bonuses and fancy cafeterias, but we are ...
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Writing a job requirement for a web application developer

I'm currently writing a job requirement for a software engineer position for my company, in which we are looking for a developer to work on client-side web application work. How should I title the job ...
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Need help deciding if Joomla! experience as a good metric for hiring a particular prospective employee

My company has been looking to hire a PHP developer. Some of the requirements for the job include: an understanding of design patterns, particularly MVC. some knowledge of PHP 5.3's new features. ...
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How long of a trial period do you use with programmers - how quickly can you tell if they are talented and a good fit?

It seems most jobs that I've been exposed to come with a 3 month trial period, during which the employer decides whether the employee is doing good enough work, and is a good fit. 3 months seem like ...
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Choosing between two programmers: experience vs. passion [closed]

I am in a position where I have to hire a programmer and have the option of 2 candidates, the first has experience but he doesn't have a passion for coding and he says so while the second doesn't have ...
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Windows Phone 7 dev: C# or silverlight for a simple app?

I'm about to hire a programmer to develop Windows Phone 7 apps. The current app that shall be developed is quite simple. The app will download content from a Web-API. There are two lists to ...
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Woes of a Junior Developer - is it possible to not be cut out for programming? [duplicate]

(Let me start off by asking - please be gentle, I know this is subjective, but it's meant to incite discussion and provide information for others. If needed it can be converted to community wiki.) I ...
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Posting High Salary in Job Ad for Programmer

Would posting a high salary on a programmer job advertisement encourage strong candidates and weed out lesser candidates? The salary would be relative to the position. Edit: Maybe it wouldn't alter ...
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KPI's for Programmers [duplicate]

Do you know any Key Performance Indicators for Developers? What should be measured and monitored?
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How do you look for programmers when your project's not in a particularly popular language?

So, we've got a product, written in Perl. Mind you, it's good Perl, pretty well object-oriented, with a strong functional-programming influence, extensive test suites, and it's an agile environment ...
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Is there a good site to hire programmers for little projects? [closed]

I need to a piece of php code that goes beyond my abilities so I need to hire somebody to do it. It's not really something too long or complex so I wanted to know if there was a straightforward way to ...
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How to describe styles and approaches of C++ programming?

How can I say more than just "C++" on my resume, reports or other writings, to convey clearly what kind of C++ programming I've been doing? Are there well-defined styles of C++? ("Styles" might ...
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Is it getting harder to hire VB.NET developers? [closed]

I'm a consultant, and my last two engagements have been at VB.NET shops. It's become apparent to me that these organizations have a really hard time finding FTE developers. Have any of you observed ...
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Does tweeting 9 to 5 hurt job applicants? [closed]

If you were looking into a job applicant's background and discovered that he or she has 1200 followers on Twitter and averages 50 tweets per day (more than half of which are during business hours), ...
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5 years of university education vs. 5 years of work experience - Which would you pick if hiring? [closed]

Say you need to hire a programmer. You have two candidates at your table: one has studied 5 years at uni (and holds a Master's degree, of course), but has no work experience; and the other holds no ...
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Can anyone explain Developer Twin Syndrome?

I realise this is a fairly odd question to ask but in recent rounds of hiring we have noticed a rather odd trend in new developers that spectacularly fall short of our expectations. So much so that ...
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how do early stage startups hire ninja programmers [closed]

I am programmer who just started working on a startup idea. At the moment I want to bring onboard at least one programmer. This programmer should be a ninja - a 10x engineer. Since early days are ...
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Will You Use an Online Technical Skills Test to Hire a Senior Developer? [closed]

There are online services such as IKM that offer skills tests in many areas, including programming. Would you use these kind of tests when hiring for a senior developer position? What about just ...
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Hiring at start-ups vs established companies [closed]

I have always wondered about this and perhaps experienced folks here can comment on this. I always read that big established software companies such as Google, Microsoft, etc are always wary of hiring ...
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Choosing the right programmer among a class of undergrads [closed]

I am a CS undergrad but I landed a programming job last year and I like it a lot. We are currently 3 programmer in the development section of the company and we have to work with pretty much anything ...