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Discussion on: 3 Things I Wish I Knew When I Switched Careers to Coding

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Greg Thomas

My advice for anyone doing interviews for students right out of school and or with little experience is not to focus on the tech skills - sure ask what they have learned and where they are at in the learning - BUT THEY ARE LEARNING!!!

With that in mind, focus on how they approach situations, problems, conflict, delivery of their work, ownership, commitment - these are the real skills that will see a developer have a long and amazing career.

If they have the above skills, you can teach them any technical skills (and when hiring someone new... that is your job).

Sending a junior home with a code exam is a loss effort.

Great article - especially the piece on New is not always better as we look to so many different frameworks - when we have the tools right in front of us.