Hiring a Technical Person

I ran into a post about software developer interviews on The Daily WTF. It was full of software developers complaining about business people and how they are stupid.

I’ve interviewed countless people and the game works the same except when it comes to software developers. If a non-tech person shows up for an interview they do their best to impress. When a software developer shows up they have attitude and entitlement issues and expect you to impress them.

When a non-tech person shows up for an interview they do their best to convey they belong on the team. When a software developer shows up you have to convince them that they belong on the team.

Software developers are dangerous. They control your assets and your access to them. Because there is such demand for them they have the upper hand. How do we stop them?

2 thoughts on “Hiring a Technical Person”

  1. I have been writing software for 25 years, and often participate as an interviewer in the hiring process. If any developer showed up for an interview with the attitude you describe, they would be out the door within two minutes. There you have it. Don’t want crap? Don’t put up with it. Done.

    Randy.

  2. Amen, brother. There are non-entitled people who just want to do a good job (and get paid, of course). It will take longer to find one, and it’s totally worth it. And you’re going to be happier, every day, that you waited.

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