Re: Hiring Laws

Mark Grant (
Sat, 26 Jul 1997 09:01:42 +0000

On Fri, 25 Jul 1997, Andrea Gallagher wrote:

> Don't get me wrong, the programming test is the most important factor. We
> certainly didn't interview anyone who wasn't up to par on the test.

Right, I misinterpreted what you said.

> Are you arguing that programming
> test results will predict a candidates ability to handle team dynamics and
> to support artists and designers?

Well, in my experience the kind of people we were hiring in that company
(basically very smart and with a desire to work in a company with few
rules) had no problems working together, or with most customers. Dealing
with managers ("let me get this straight; you're reprimanding me for
making our software ten times faster?"), marketing ("You know these new
full-page ads which claim our software does A, B, C, X, Y, and Z? You do
realise that we *don't* do X, Y or Z?") and stupid customers ("You did
WHAT?") is another matter. Of course that kind of thing eventually made
most of the smart people leave and the share price is now down to 1/10 of
its peak value.

> Or are you arguing that those skills are
> more easily learned than programming skills?

I wasn't arguing that, but I'd say it's generally true. Smart people
usually learn quickly; that's why they're smart.


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