OK, so I’ve not got long so will be brief and to the point with this one, in the hope that it will help some of the people that read this blog, and maybe even some of the folks that are looking for devs to join their teams.
I’ve had to run through a lot of agencies and candidates in the last month or so, recruiting for Kindo, and these are some thoughts in no particular order:
As a candidate
accept there is lots of good competition; you have to stand out to be noticed
research on the company you’re interviewing at – it’s polite and will help you with 3, 4 and 5
send a cv that is relevant to the job spec – java experience won’t interest someone looking for a php person
learn how to sell yourself and articulate your experience – enough said
accept you’re going to have to send code to show what you can do – send your best relevant code
describe what your code is supposed to be doing to there is context – don’t just send a bunch of methods
comment more than you think you should – esp if you’re going to work in a team or be contracting
write documentation in the code for something like phpDocumentor – that makes people happy
As a general rule (unless you’re a superstar), your work environment, the people you work with, and the work you’ll be doing, should all supersede remuneration unless you have a specific reason (like a mortgage for example).
Was at Open Coffee last week (looking for developers), and did this interview with Vincent and Eugene from Intruders.tv on Kindo. Talked about how we’ve tackled some of the usual web app issues like scaling our userbase, internationalisation, product dev, marketing tricks, revenue generation….
_ Intruders.tv interview on Kindo.com
Kindo.com is a “new take on the traditional family tree”. In this interview, we sit down with Gareth Knight to talk about Kindo and their user acquisition strategy. Gareth shares with us his experience of attracting users to the site and the effectiveness of strategies such as blogging, Google AdWords and PR.
… That Leaders are those people who create trust in society and their businesses, and that trust is efficient. Success is forged through competition and human greatness is possible precisely because people are not the same and they have the option to choose whether they want to lead or follow….
Pretty interesting reading if you’re an entrepreneur – any thoughts?
I’ve spent the last week or so busy with recruiting, and I’ve learnt some interesting things. So thought I’d post something small just before I take the tube home…. I’ll try not to be too sarcastic.
Most recruitment agents seem to be early 20 something bottom feeders who don’t or can’t read, and have no industry experience
Most of the agents don’t really know the difference between the various technologies or just do a search on language (instead of focus), so therefore send you crud which you still have to filter out – I received a Linux systems engineer CV for a php role
Warning signals include:
“I called you earlier”
“so you’re hiring a developer, what’s he going to be doing day to day?”
“I’m sure he’s great for your social application, he’s got loads of enterprise Java experience”
and my personal favourite of today “an excellent web2 ASP Javasphere candidate” (*note, not knocking Java)
There are some gems who know their stuff, who listen, and who actually have good candidates = these are gold
Most developers don’t seem to know how to communicate why you should hire them, so learn to ask good questions that lead to what you want to find out
Your ear is going to get warm, so get comfy
Take water to phone call
Update:Agents seem to get surprised when you contact previous employers to get feedback on candidates (surely this is something they should do??)
That’s it – hope that helps, and I’m wondering whether you’ve had any experiences with agents and recruiting?
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