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Would you hire programmers without a 4-year college degree? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is a university education really worth it for a good programmer? There're many talented programmers who didn't go to school and who accumulate tons of personal projects. ...
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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 ...
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Incentives to offer programmers [closed]

I'm going to be co-founding a business in the coming weeks that will cater to web development, design and web application development, possibly extending into software development in the future. I'm ...
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How do you measure the effectiveness of your hiring & interview process? [closed]

Although I've seen many discussions on how to do an interview and develop your brand, I haven't seen many discussions on how to determine if your hiring & interview process is actually working ...
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What are questions to test a programmers knowledge of SQL? [closed]

What are questions to test a programmers knowledge of SQL? What is the answer to the question? And what would a lack of an correct answer mean in terms of time likely to understand the concept(s) ...
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Getting management to hire a new developer?

I've been working here for about 3 months now, and this company has been around since 2003. I've the only full time developer, and I don't know what happened to the part time guy who was doing work ...
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How to retain student/intern programmers?

We have a small team in our department and typically employ 1-3 students/interns. The problem we have is retention. We like to hire a student that will stick around as part of the team for more than ...
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How could I hire a programmer to add a small feature to an OSS project?

I'd like a feature added to Eclipse, as a small plug-in, but: It's a bit niche, so not high demand. So if I post it as a feature request it's unlikely to be followed-up. Still, I'm sure someone else ...
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How should a director conduct an interview for a programmer / software engineer position?

I always wonder when conducting an interview why a director or VP of Engineering is involved? If a team of engineers and hiring manager want to hire a person, I don't ever see a director or VP would ...
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How do I find a qualified web designer in my area? [closed]

I just sent out emails to five local web design companies to my area asking to take drawings to HTML/CSS/jQuery. None of the ones who accepted the deal seem suitable to myself. Others rejected the ...
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How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer?

I've recently read through Joel's guide to finding great developers, and I feel really strongly that I am smart and get things done. The problem is, I didn't learn how to get things done until about ...
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Why would you hire in-house software developers instead of outsourcing them to develop a product for your company? [closed]

Why would you hire in-house over outsourcing in developing a product for your company? I can only think of a few but I'm not entirely sure if they're good enough reason. This is actually for a debate ...
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Job hopping, is it a problem? [closed]

How would you, as someone involved in the hiring process (manager,interviewer, etc) feel about a candidate that has changed jobs every 1-2 years? updateThanks for all the input everybody, some really ...
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Hiring “off-platform” - what are the indicators for successful candidates?

When looking for candidates you often want to have people with direct experience with the technologies and platforms you are using today. However, that may not always be a possibility. The ...
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Would Java programmers hire C# programmers? [closed]

I learned and used Java in college. After graduating, I got a job in C#. Two years after, there are a lot more positions in Java. Would I have a good chance to be hired as a Java programmer? What ...
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Guiding Non-Programmers in Hiring of a Programmer

A friend of mine has a developer (possibly the "mad genius" type) that has built a substantial system on which their small business is critically dependent. They'd like to get away from their current ...
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How old is “too old”? [closed]

I've been told that to be taken seriously as a job applicant, I should drop years of relevant experience off my résumé, remove the year I got my degree, or both. Or not even bother applying, because ...
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Should companies consider remote employees or stick to local employees?

Elite developers can be 10x more productive than an average developer. Clearly it's easier to find an elite developer around the whole world than in a company's backyard. If a company is not ...
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What techniques do you use when interviewing developers?

I realize there have been lots of discussions about this type of thing and they often devolve into dogma around whether you ask the "100 logical pirates" type of questions or whether you get them to ...
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How do I find and hire a good intern? [closed]

We are in the process of looking to bring an intern on board. For the record, it's a paid part-time programming internship and we would like them to be local. We always struggle on where to look for ...