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Just Don’t Hire 0x Engineers
Their About page may say otherwise, but — drumroll, please — the average company is pretty average. Not everybody can hire exclusively top-tier people. And you know what? That’s fine. Quality of individuals is only one part of what makes an organization great. Sports is rife with examples of the nimble, well-connected team triumphing over the team of individual superstars.
business  hiring  culture  workplace  organization 
may 2015 by Aetles
This is why you never end up hiring good developers - Quartz
You are bad at giving technical interviews. Yes, you. You’re looking for the wrong skills, hiring the wrong people, and actively screwing yourself and your company. Without changing anything about your applicant pool, you can hire different people and your company will do better and you will enjoy your job more.
I realize these are bold claims. In the ten years since I became senior enough to be asked to interview people, I have conducted a great number of technical interviews, been part of a lot of teams at companies big and small, and watched the effect that different types of hires have had on those companies. I’m not claiming to be perfect at hiring — at various points, I have done nearly all of the things wrong that I’m about to tell you not to do. But here’s what I’ve learned so far.
management  hiring  business 
september 2014 by Aetles
Advice on Attracting Good Developers - Samuel Mullen
For the sake of argument, let’s assume you represent a smallish company which has established itself to some degree and you’re looking to bring on new developers - and by “new developers”, I mean developers who care about the work they produce (i.e. hackers). With so much demand for these developers, how do you compete?

It should come as no surprise that the first thing you must do is to understand how developers think. We’re a different lot. We don’t stop working just because we’ve left the office; we hack on our own projects, we do side work for more experience, and we attend user groups and contribute back to our technical communities. We live and breathe technology; it’s who we are. Understand this, and you’re halfway there. Learn to encourage this in us, and you’re home free.

Attracting developer interest really isn’t hard, it just requires putting your name and support behind what we’re interested in. Here’s just a sample of things you can do:
hiring  programmers  developers 
march 2012 by Aetles
Coding Horror: How to Hire a Programmer
How to Hire a Programmer
There's no magic bullet for hiring programmers. But I can share advice on a few techniques that I've seen work, that I've written about here and personally tried out over the years.

1. First, pass a few simple "Hello World" online tests.
I know it sounds crazy, but some people who call themselves programmers can barely program. To this day, I still get regular pings from people who tell me they had candidates fail the most basic programming test imaginable.

That's why extremely simple programming tests are step one of any sane interview process. These tests should happen online, and the goal is not to prove that the candidate is some kind of coding genius, but that they know what the heck programming is. Yes, it's sad and kind of depressing that this is even necessary, but if you don't perform this sanity check, trust me – you'll be sorry.

Some services that do online code screening (I am sure there are more, but these are the ones I know about) are Interview Zen and codility.
programming  hiring  business 
march 2012 by Aetles

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