Brainbench perl test?

Uri Guttman uri at
Tue Aug 28 23:12:40 BST 2012

On 08/28/2012 05:15 PM, David Cantrell wrote:

> We would, of course, then go through candidates' code with them, talking
> about how they might improve it given more time, what other approaches
> they considered and so on.  Apparently my solution fucked with peoples'
> heads.  I blame MJD, because IIRC I'd just recently inhaled HOP.

that is my primary filtering technique. i review their sample code and 
talk about its strengths and weaknesses, ways i would like to see it 
improved, etc. HOW they react to that is a critical part of my review. a 
couple have been so pissed they almost hung up on me. how dare i tell 
them how to improve their code!! but most are very open to getting 
reviews and we end up in good conversations about reasons why i said 
that and other ways to do things, etc. a collegial attitude where they 
can learn. even with a lower level coder, that attitude is a big win as 
i can place them in the right slot knowing they will grow. also this 
tells me how they think as they will explain why they did some coding 
thing. most are very appreciative as they get a free review and 
hopefully integrate my comments into their perl skills. after such an in 
depth chat (30-60 mins or more), i usually know their perl skills well 
enough to accurate convey that to my clients. this is why my candidates 
and clients like my service. old fashioned matchmaking without automated 
crap in the way. :)



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