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Re^2: Similarities of Perl and Python?

by Bod (Curate)
on Aug 30, 2021 at 17:37 UTC ( #11136228=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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In case they're of use in your graduate interviewing...

Very much of use, thank you.

Although, my stakes are not too high. I am not paying the employee, at least for the first 6 months, and they only need to be with me for six months. So if I get it wrong, it is not a disaster. But, obviously, I would prefer to get it right for everyone involved!

From - On Interviewing and Interview Questions

So, in addition to being smart and getting things done, I add two more, making my primary hiring criteria:
  1. Smart
  2. Get things done
  3. Adequate relevant experience
  4. Personal: Good cultural fit, team player, enthusiastic, motivated, resilient, ...
Which of these do you think most important? What's your list?

I am going to drop 3. This candidate stands head and shoulders above other applicants in that he mentions C, Python and R. Most other candidates talk about JQuery at best. One even called Wordpress a programming language! That's the problem with this scheme, the applicants are limited to who the Job Centre sends my way. The fact that he has a physics degree is icing on the cake.

Tomorrow will be more about sussing out the cultural fit and ability to work remotely. I expect he will be able to work remotely as universities have held lectures and tutorials that way through the Pesky Pandemic, so just a case of will he rather than can he. We have our culture quite well defined by our Four C's - Create, Communicate, Care and Curiosity - so judging that should not be too difficult.

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Re^3: Similarities of Perl and Python?
by jmlynesjr (Deacon) on Aug 31, 2021 at 02:07 UTC

    5. Domain Knowledge - Does the applicant have any knowledge of your business? This is at least as important as programming skills.

    A six month internship is pretty short. An up-front list of projects to attack will be helpful. This could/should include training activities and homework like reading Learning Perl.

    My internship(1973) was so much different than today. I came in with Data General assembly language experience which comes with bit level hardware knowledge. "Kids" today learn products.


    There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

      «…Domain Knowledge…»

      Probably very important. Many years ago my employer put me in an «airline environment». In this years there was only one german airline. I needed about 1/2 year to learn a little bit of their technical language. It was pain in the ass. And to be honest: I felt lost. And by the way, I am of the opinion that Python was only invented to be teached easy. Best regards, Karl

      «The Crux of the Biscuit is the Apostrophe»

        Karl, I agree totally. I had to quickly learn the language of wastewater treatment plants in order to write a Fortran code to suggest operating changes based on the latest lab results. This included learning the GE Timesharing system. Other projects required picking up Honeywell DDP-516 assembly language.


        There's never enough time to do it right, but always enough time to do it over...

Re^3: Similarities of Perl and Python?
by eyepopslikeamosquito (Bishop) on Sep 01, 2021 at 11:21 UTC

    We have our culture quite well defined by our Four C's - Create, Communicate, Care and Curiosity

    From the definitions in Organizational Culture (Part II): Meta Process I reckon you've created a warm nurturing Clan culture (Collaborate) ... so using your fuller definition (which I really like BTW):

    we Create, we Communicate, we Care about our Clients and Colleagues and we do everything with Curiosity
    I make that Eight C's! Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

      I make that Eight C's! Sorry, couldn't resist. :)

      Yeah - in the internal video where I talk about it, I use more C's than that!

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