At the top of your game

Having recently changed jobs I read a fair number of job specs and a phrase that stuck out for me was a desire for companies to hire someone “at the top of their game”. I can understand the sentiment behind that. You want to hire someone that is very good at what they do. However …

How not to interview a candidate

I recently started a new job. I interviewed for a few companies and got a few offers on the table. However, one interview stuck out for me because, well, let me tell you the story… I interviewed for a company and the first interview went really well. I liked the guys that were interviewing me …

Let’s hack it now and fix it later

“Let’s hack it now and fix it later”. I’ve heard that before! 3 years later looking at some old source code, “WTF was I thinking?!” Then I remember. The deadline was tight. We needed to get something out the door. And we decided “Let’s hack it now and fix it later”. Now I’m feeling dispirited. …

Recruitment Agents take note

A few times a week I get emails from recruitment agencies, they are are pretty much all along the same lines. The email seems to be a standard template that tells me absolutely nothing of importance about the job and gives me next to zero incentive to find out more. I’m in a pretty great …

Go Directly to Funky

In our office we have a notice board for the development team. It was there when I joined and I suspect its original function has long since been superseded by its new function of displaying any quotes, pearls of wisdom or witticisms of the day that members of the development team happen to find sufficiently …

Some advice on CVs

As a lead developer part of my job is to review CVs for developers that we are potentially going to hire. There are, however, some people that I think do put the most inappropriate things on their CV. I’m not talking about the really obviously inappropriate stuff like admitting you won some competition in an …