Recruitment refers to the process of attracting, screening, selecting, and onboarding a qualified person for a job. From [Wikipedia on Recruiting](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recruitment)

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Is “poaching” an acceptable way to get open-source volunteers?

It is well known that tech companies frequently try to recruit employees from competitors. However, is it common for open-source projects to seek potential volunteers from companies in similar ...
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Is there any use for a smart algorithm developer who will delegate the coding?

In my job as an algorithms developer, I am responsible not only for developing algorithms, but also for implementing them, all the way down to writing the code that goes into production. I've heard ...
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Why is it so hard to recruit for compiler[-related] jobs? [closed]

Last week, a few colleauges and I were participating in career fairs at three major universities (two here in the US and one in England), where we were trying (without much success) to recruit for ...
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How much difference does experience make? [closed]

I see many job adds which require at least x years experience. The question is how do you know when a candidate has the required years of experience? What do you expect from a person with x years ...
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How to bootstrap a FOSS social software project beyond 1 dog eating dog food?

The development target is a facility that provides a particular kind of structural support to open, public discussions. Each separate deployment of the facility is specific to a single topic of ...
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Do we set the bar too high by requiring that code tests not suffer from buffer overflow?

We are currently recruiting for a Junior Developer position working mainly in C on Linux. As part of the process, we require candidates to complete a code test at their leisure in C. So far we have ...
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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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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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Should I be looking for developers with specific skill sets or generalists that need to learn?

Thanks to the great help of this site and SO, I've been able to make a prototype of a software I want to sell but unfortunately although the prototype works I think my code quality is very low. I ...
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what are some good interview questions for a position that consists of reviewing code for security vulnerabilities?

The position is an entry-level position that consists of reading C++ code and identifying lines of code that are vulnerable to buffer overflows, out-of-bounds reads, uncontrolled format strings, and a ...
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Is speed a parameter for responding emails of technical tests? [closed]

I am sending my CV to different companies and some of them have replied asking me to complete a test to have an idea of my skills. I wonder if the time to respond to this email is key factor for being ...
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How effective are programming challenges in the recruiting process? [closed]

I think our company can create challenges designed to find software engineer candidates who are: Good at solving problems, not at wowing recruiters. More likely to be afraid to come up to us at a ...
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How do you recruit a graduate developer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are effective interview questions? I'm currently looking to recruit a .Net developer and we've decided to take a graduate straight out of university. The job role ...
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What do I need to know about Agile to blag my way past a recruitment agent? [closed]

I'm currently hunting for a new job. I'm a c# / SQL server developer, but have never worked in an agile environment. I'm in the UK, where very few (IT) employers advertise directly, but instead use ...
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How can I find own replacement when the company wants someone far less experienced?

I told the company I work for that I want to phase myself out, but that I would stick around for a couple months before applying anywhere to help in the recruitment of my replacement. I offered this ...
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Ideal Programmer for Client-Side HTML5 Game Development

Our next game will be built on Javascript/HTML5 Canvas rather than ActionScript/Flash. Clearly there are not enough experienced HTML5 Developers in the market (yet), so we'll need to be creative in ...
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Why don't more companies hire remotely?

I keep hearing about the desperate recruiting efforts of companies in tech hubs such as SF and NYC. However, every time I'm contacted by a startup I'm told the position is on-site and working remotely ...
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Do employers and headhunters maintain a database somewhere about programmers? [closed]

Is there a website that is being maintained somewhere in which trash talk and nasty allegations about workers are entered by employers and headhunters sort of like a reverse glassdoor.com? I ask this ...
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What are the most common problems with recruiting developers?

This question was inspired by this closed one. Please only answer if you have experience of recruiting developers, and stick to broad issues, not Daily WTF style stories. Basically, what are the main ...
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What does a programmer do at a consulting firm type of organization?

I'm a senior in college and am getting close to graduation. I love programming, and I certainly want my first job to involve programming (I'm also looking at fit, culture, location, etc. etc.). I've ...
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Requiring Programming Portfolios In Interviews/Recruiting [closed]

I've heard about a few mentioning of programming portfolios. A programming portfolio being a significant amount of code or code segments. Is a programming portfolio a good indicator of the quality ...
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How to politely decline recruiters? [closed]

Recently, I've received e-mails from tech recruiters inquiring about whether I'd like to interview for job interviews. The main problems I have with these emails are: I'm a college student, and ...
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Are there coding tests to recruit a QA engineer?

I'm a software engineer in a small company and we are currently recruiting our first QA engineer. The guy will have to write as many as possible automated tests on our web-based tools suite. As I've ...
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Is experience very important when hiring/being hired in your country?

In the Indian IT industry, I have found that regardless of the candidate's skill level, filtering is done based on number of years of experience. I have found that people with 5 years of work ...
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How to Identify the Programmers with the Appropriate Skill Sets?

I'd appreciate help in fleshing out a set of criteria or "outline" for determining the most appropriate programmers for my situation as well as avenues to find these programmers. I've put together a ...
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When job hunting, what grabs your attention about a job posting [closed]

The small company I work for is currently looking for a few good programmers. We have posted job listings in a few places and hit up the local user group boards, but haven't really gotten anything ...
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Leaving a contract from a recruiter for a permanent position

So after months of searching, I finally get an offer. It's a contract position through my recruiter. Then all of a suddenly I get another offer from one of the MAJOR software engineer companies. I ...
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Any tips how to successfully job hunt? [closed]

I have been looking for a job for more than 3 weeks and have applied for about 30 vacancies. From all of these I only received few calls from recruitment agencies which didn't propose anything ...
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Doing a passive job search while employed, dealing with the barrage of messages from untargeted Recruiters, HR people? [closed]

I'm currently employed with what is basically a startup company, I took the job to gain more experience on the platform I want to work on. I want to entertain options for possibly moving into a new ...
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Any ideas about puzzles and recruitment with Coderloop?

Does anybody have any experience with Coderloop? It is supposed to be community of developers solving programming puzzles, and they use that information to help companies recruit. Has anybody been ...
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Is it reasonable to expect that a senior developer knows what OOP design patterns are?

I'm preparing questions for job interviews for a senior development position. The job would include object oriented design, and the existing software uses design patterns, so I'd like to ask the ...
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How to have an improved relationship with recruiters?

I personally, always have problems with recruiter's and their constant spam.. I usually get tons of emails for jobs, not related to what I do. Or they have no idea what I do. Or they say they have ...
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What is your advice for a new recruiter? [closed]

Next month a friend of mine is starting a job as a technical recruiter for a temp firm. He will be recruiting lower level temps for a Google/MS/Apple level company. As a largely non technical guy, ...
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Evaluating a Programmer for Startup

I have sorted through the previous questions and couldn't find a specific answer to the following (and thank you in advance): I have fully developed my idea on paper and am looking to move forward ...
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How to hire support people?

I manage a tech support team at a mid-sized software company. We are the last line of support, so issues that we can't fix need to be escalated to the development team. When I joined the company, our ...
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Can programmer experience be expressed in hours of coded like hours of flight for a pilot?

How useful would it be for a recruiter? In martial arts there are a minimum number of trainings, not years of practicing, to be evaluated for a higher level. I saw some exceptions but there are rare. ...
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Do you count a Masters in CS as a negative? [closed]

In my experience interviewing developers I feel like candidates who've achieved a Masters in Comp Sci tend to be worse programmers on average that those who don't have a Masters. Is that just me, or ...
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Is this Job Smell? [closed]

Went for an interview and from what I could gather from the interviewer: Development is done to a 'wire-frame' specification where users get constant feedback and can change their mind at will I ...
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What are some good interview questions for nontechnical recruiters to ask? [closed]

I've been given the opportunity to provide a question bank for nontechnical recruiters to ask candidates. However, all of my favorite interview questions require somebody who knows the subject matter ...
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Recruiters intentionally present one good candidate for an available job [closed]

Maybe they do it without realizing. The recruiter's goal is to fill the job as soon as possible. I even think they feel it is in their best interest that the candidate be qualified, so I'm not trying ...
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How to avoid to be employed by companies which are candidates to DailyWTF stories?

I'm reading The Daily WTF archives and especially those stories about IT-related companies which have a completely wrong approach of software development, the job of a developer, etc. Some stories ...
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How useful are IT headhunters/recruiters when looking for a new job? [closed]

Since they exist for several fields with varying degrees of usefulness, I'm curious as to the reputation of headhunters/recruiters that focus solely on IT professionals (e.g. programmers, software ...
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Shouldn't recruitment be the other way round? [closed]

I really don't know why nobody's thought of this so far, but recruitment should be the other way round. Engineers should have some sort of a common platform where they register skills or domains they ...
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What to look for in someone to provide short-term cover for a lone developer?

Our intranet is running an in house developed ASP.NET application. In our team I am the only technical person so this means my role is everything from development to server administration to "the ...
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Is what someone publishes on the Internet fair game when considering them for employment as a programmer? [closed]

(Originally posted on Stack Overflow but closed there and more relevant for here) So we first interviewed a guy for a technical role and he was pretty good. Before the second interview we googled him ...
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Is it appropriate to offer a “finders' fee” to existing staff when looking for new staff?

A lot of big companies use recruiters to find new hires, and there's obviously an associated cost. Existing staff are likely to know people looking for work through their professional networks. The ...
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What level of understanding should programmers have about OO?

More specifically, what do you feel Junior, Intermediate, and Senior programmers should know about OO design and programming? I'm hoping that having some appropriate expectations will help us during ...
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How to recruit programmers for an open source project and kick-start it? [closed]

I would like to start an open source project, and would like to do a collaborative effort in starting it. I have a clear idea of what I want, but not yet a formal specification (I would like to do ...
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How to recognize a good programmer? [closed]

Our company is looking for new programmers. And here comes the problem - there are many developers who look really great at the interview, seem to know the technology you need and have a good job ...