the "no good Perl jobs"/"no good Perl programmers" myth
pete at clueball.com
Mon Aug 7 14:36:11 BST 2006
On Mon, Aug 07, 2006 at 02:28:52PM +0100, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> You have? If so, what did you find?
Where 'recently' is about a year ago. We found that most people who
wrote Perl on their CV had no idea whatsoever about Perl, and could't
answer the most basic questions concerning Perl. For a position that
/stressed/ Perl as a requirement.
The CVs looked great tho - if there hadn't been a technical interview,
we'd probably have hired the guy with the 1st in Computer Science from a
well known university, who it turned out had virtually 0 knowledge.
We had 1 (ONE) candidate who was of a vaguely proficient (and in fact,
exceptionally skilled) nature (who I'm sure will make himself known if
he wants), who we jumped on, as he was the only person with a hope in
hell of doing a decent job.
It seems that people put Perl on their CV in much the same way as people
consider it exceptionally similar to previous technologies they've used
and thus consider themselves to be experts.
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