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How relevant are Brainbench scores when evaluating candidates? [closed]

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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5answers
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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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3answers
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Is there any formal research in FizzBuzz Question Effectiveness? [closed]

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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2answers
245 views

How to budget for a programmer you're not ready to hire yet? [closed]

I am trying to work up a budget for an app, specifically a budget for hiring a third-party programmer to add a specific feature, and I'm trying to figure out how to get a decent number. The ...
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8answers
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OO Design related questions in technical interviews [closed]

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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1answer
565 views

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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6answers
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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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21answers
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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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2answers
237 views

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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6answers
2k views

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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9answers
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Hiring a Junior Developer, What should I ask? [closed]

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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6answers
890 views

Interviewing a developer who's skilled in a language you don't know [duplicate]

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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5answers
557 views

Writing a job requirement for a web application developer [closed]

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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1answer
279 views

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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2answers
298 views

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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2answers
428 views

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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9answers
609 views

What does long-term freelancing say about a developer's experience? [closed]

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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5answers
4k views

Code Samples and Interviews? [closed]

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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7answers
2k views

What techniques do you use when interviewing developers? [closed]

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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3answers
614 views

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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7answers
5k views

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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8answers
5k views

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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12answers
1k views

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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8answers
12k views

KPI's for Programmers [duplicate]

Do you know any Key Performance Indicators for Developers? What should be measured and monitored?
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6answers
1k views

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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9answers
2k views

How can I let prospective employers know I'm a great developer? [closed]

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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11answers
1k views

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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9answers
485 views

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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19answers
7k views

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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2answers
1k views

How valid is ITJobsWatch data? [closed]

(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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11answers
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Any tips on getting hired as a software project manager straight out of college? [closed]

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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2answers
1k views

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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4answers
239 views

Should I contract someone to help me with an existing project? [closed]

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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2answers
157 views

Open Source sponsored feature development [closed]

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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6answers
1k views

Should companies consider remote employees or stick to local employees? [closed]

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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5answers
717 views

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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9answers
1k views

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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0answers
775 views

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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19answers
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22answers
14k views

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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3answers
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What's an assessment day and what kind of individual & group based programming activities are involved? [closed]

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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8answers
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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? [closed]

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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3answers
766 views

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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4answers
8k views

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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7answers
829 views

Is a request for a code sample after a job offer common? [closed]

I was verbally offered a job and the manager insisted that I start the day after the following day from the interview; so two days after the interview. I left the interview unsure of the offer the ...
6
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1answer
661 views

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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5answers
795 views

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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13answers
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How to retain student/intern programmers? [closed]

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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5answers
679 views

Can anyone explain Developer Twin Syndrome? [closed]

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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2answers
1k views

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 ...