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Free minutes aren’t. Unlimited data isn’t.

I absolutely love the English language. It’s so wonderfully slippery. There are hundreds of ways you can say a thing, depending on what effect you want to have. I love that. But I hate it, too. I hate the way

Posted in Hiring, Recruiters

A flowchart for hiring programmers

Hiring a programmer is not rocket science.  Notice the flowchart does not necessarily involve recruiting agents. @KiwiCoder

Posted in Hiring, Recruiters, Software Management

It’s a great time to be a programmer in the UK (Part 2)

Part one here @KiwiCoder

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It’s a great time to be a programmer in the UK

According to the Office for National Statistics the ratio of vacancies to jobs in ICT reached a low point July 2009 and has been climbing steadily ever since. Contrast this with vacancies in all industries, which dipped to around 1.8 vacancies

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Interviewer or Inquisitor?

This post is by way of apology to everyone I’ve interviewed over the years who might have witnessed me learning on the job. If I played one of these characters when we met, I’m sorry. The Alpha Geek To the

Posted in Hiring, Interviewing

7 tips to hire the development team you really want

1. Get help. Seriously. I don’t care if you’re an expert in your field. Unless you’re also an expert in software development you’re not going to be able to tell a coder from a clown. Not sure? Here’s a test.

Posted in Hiring

Programmers are not in thrall to IT recruiters

In a recent post to the Guardian Technology blog Matt Baxter-Reynolds wrote an excellent round up of the state of IT recruiting, including this comment Agencies are good at bringing people together. And that’s what the candidate and the employer need. They

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Coder or Clown?

That’s the challenge. Sit down with someone you’ve never met and try to work out if they are a coder or a clown. I don’t mean to insult anyone, of course, and I’m the first to acknowledge the years of

Posted in Hiring, Interviewing

Ed Guiness

I am the author of Ace the Programming Interview, published 2013 by John Wiley and Sons. In 2012 I founded SocialCoder.org, a volunteering organisation for programmers. I have been a professional programmer for more than 20 years, and a hiring manager since 2004.

Ask me anything.