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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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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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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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Best ways to recruit developers [closed]

What are the best ways to find qualified developers for my company? We've had some limited success with traditional routes like posting to job sites and hosting open houses, but I'm trying to find ...
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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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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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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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KPI's for Programmers [duplicate]

Do you know any Key Performance Indicators for Developers? What should be measured and monitored?
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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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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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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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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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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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Which is more important career-wise: Length of time spent on a project, or personal projects?

There is quite a bit of disparity between hiring practices among companies. Some companies look for years experience, or breadth or depth of skill, and others choose other selection criteria. As well, ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to interview a j2ee developer? [closed]

How to interview a java developer for a senior position may be 3-4 yrs of experience?