First let me tell you a bit about the pain. We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We wanted someone who was going to be happy to immerse themselves in deep coding. We made no secret of this.
We knew that tucked away as we are in a a little backwater of rural England we weren’t likely to get an experienced SharePoint developer. If we could find a really hot ASP.NET/C# developer we were happy to train them up on the SharePoint bit.
But what we found in very long search was that although we did meet a few very good people, an awful lot of the people out there looking for jobs as developers didn’t seem to be able to – well – didn’t seem to be able to develop really!
It was a bit of a shocker. We followed the Joel Spolsky approach and set some practical tests at interview – things that we thought were pretty simple, and would be fair on candidates even under interview pressure.
But a surprising amount of people who looked great on paper and talked a really good talk at interview were totally flummoxed by our practical tests – a couple were even downright offended!
So – the learning form this for us is that just because a persons cv/resume is littered with every programming acronym know to man, and just because they tell you at interview that they are a Six Sigma Black Belt Agile Scrum Master, doesn’t mean they can actually write decent code. Make them write some code at interview. And if they think that’s beneath them, then you probably don’t want them working for you anyway.
Stuart impressed us at interview by being the only candidate to explain his solution to our interview “test” programming problem so clearly that even a technophobe like me could understand it.
Having started on Monday, Stuart has continued to impress us by finishing all the work we had planned for his first week in just 2 days – that means he gets to make all the tea for the rest of the week!
Stuart joins us after spending 4 years working as a developer and manager at Club Communications, providing hosted ordering and billing platforms for the telecoms industry.
When he’s not working he enjoys hill walking and camping, reading and playing computer games, and weekend visits to family and friends, where he inevitably gets roped into a bit of unpaid computer maintenance.
As he’s new to SharePoint Stuart is still in the honeymoon period of that love/hate relationship we all have with it. He will be sharing his first impression in these pages over the coming weeks.
So welcome on board Stuart – mine’s tea with 2 sugars please!