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“Don’t interview anyone who hasn’t accomplished anything. Ever.”

I liked this post about recruitment by Jon Evans over on TechCrunch. I particularly like his suggestions regarding hiring software engineers — approaches I’ve used in the past. It’s nice to see it’s not just me that thinks the standard technical interview process is a joke.

So what should a real interview consist of? Let me offer a humble proposal: don’t interview anyone who hasn’t accomplished anything. Ever. Certificates and degrees are not accomplishments; I mean real-world projects with real-world users. There is no excuse for software developers who don’t have a site, app, or service they can point to and say, “I did this, all by myself!” in a world where Google App Engine and Amazon Web Services have free service tiers, and it costs all of $25 to register as an Android developer and publish an app on the Android Market.

via Why The New Guy Can’t Code.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

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