Now that I’m Señor Web Developer, there’s a good chance I’m going to be blessed with a temporary junior developer to help out with the work tsunami currently breaking on the horizon. While the final decision will be up to the whole team, it’s going to up to me to decide if the person can do the job. This will be the first time where I’ve had real responsibility in the hiring of another developer, and I could use your help. I’d appreciate ny thoughts, warnings, suggestions or ideas you have on the subject.
Specifically, here are some areas I’m thinking about:
- What kinds of things would you put on the job description? Anything you’ve found flags better candidates outside of the normal boilerplate?
- Suggestions for the phone screen? I’m probably going to use Steve Yegge’s excellent article on it as a guide, but what are your thoughts?
- What’s your interview process after the phone screen? Do you have people go through any kind of development tests? If so, what?
- What are your red flags? Conversely, what says, “This is a good candidate,” to you?
Your help in keeping me from hiring a train wreck is very appreciated.