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Performing Technical Interviews For Consulting Clients

Clayton Neff Business, Consulting, Opinion, Soft Skills Leave a Comment

The situation will occasionally arise when we have gained enough respect and confidence from our clients that they will ask us to help them interview new technical people to join the team. As consultants, it’s important for us to be the person that our client needs us to be at the time, so we are definitely willing to help. But, needless to say, this situation must be handled with ‘kid gloves.’

Many managers are uncomfortable performing a technical interview in an area they do not feel competent in. Typically, that is when they will ask for your help in the interview process. As technical consultants, we should be able to provide useful feedback to them about the person’s apparent abilities. When it comes to the ‘soft skills,’ we want to ensure we’re on the same page with the client as to if we should limit the interactions to just the technical topics.

Whether you’re a consultant helping your client, or the client manager looking to fill your employee team, there are a number of topics that must be considered when searching for the right technical person. In this post, I will point out some useful topics to concentrate on while performing a technical interview– and why they are important questions to ask before hiring a new person to the team

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Life as a Software Consultant

John Boardman Business, Consulting, Keyhole, Opinion, Other Leave a Comment

I’ve been in the field of programming professionally since 1990. I started out as a corporate employee for 14 years, then as a consultant, back to an employee, and finally settled with consulting. In both positions, I’ve worked with small, medium, large, and huge Fortune 50 corporations. There are many similarities between being an employee and a consultant, but there are also some significant differences.

In this blog, I’ll explore what life has been like in each role and hopefully give some perspective to others who might just be starting out. Keep in mind when I write “employee,” I am specifically targeting programmers.

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The Remote Development Experience

Ron Moddesette Business, Consulting 1 Comment

Distributed development teams are not unusual in this day and age, and working remotely can be rewarding and challenging. Luckily there are many ways to effectively contribute your skills and experience to a successful project. In this post, I will examine what it takes to effectively contribute to a team when working off-site, with a particular focus on some tools and strategies that can help…

DeveloperWeek 2016 Retrospective

Zach Gardner Architecture, Business, Community, Consulting, DevOps, Microservices, Single-Page Application 2 Comments

I recently spoke at the DeveloperWeek 2016 conference in San Francisco, California about JavaScript Debugging Patterns. This conference was an amazing opportunity to see and hear from people in the industry about what they’ve worked on, what they’re working on, and what they see as the future of our field. This blog post is a retrospective of everything I saw …

New Accounting Regulation May Affect Your Company’s IT Decisions

Melissa Conaghan Business, Opinion Leave a Comment

It’s time to make decisions about how to use the 2016 IT budgets. You, the CIO, may have already decided which prepackaged software, cloud services, or internally developed programs are best for your company, but now you are forced to obtain approval from the other executives, such as the CFO. As a public company, the executives are always concerned about …