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Discussion on: What I would look for in a junior developer

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I've had great success in hiring junior developers. More success than with seniors frankly.

I came to realize years ago that interview questions can be very misleading. There are people that are good at it and people that aren't. In my particular (international) market everyone is kind of bad at interviews. But that doesn't mean they don't have talent.

What I look for is the ability to learn and if they've learned something that I consider meaty enough to be interesting. Being a good student is also an important factor (but not necessarily a good predictor either). If we think they're smart, we put them through a trial process where they are taught many things and those that show that they can learn quickly are kept.

This has been more effective than playing a game of chance where people are somehow supposed to know how to react in your interviews to obscure questions.