Wow does time fly when your having fun!


I can’t believe it’s been so long since my last post, been too busy to realise… yea I’m still here, still going 🙂

For the last couple of years I’ve been using SVN to control my source code, this actually works very well for me, however in a group it become a much harder thing to control especially if there are multiple upgrades going on to the code at the same time. I’m slowly getting my head into GIT at the moment, much harder when you don’t have the time to play. I did try the GitHub Windows GUI tool which is really good until you get a conflict etc. then your left to work it out. Using SVN I’ve always used the TortoiseSVN client for windows which I’ve found excellent, so now I’m trying to get to grips with TortoiseGit. On that note I’ll probably release a few more bits of code onto github… when I get the time!

Interestingly my job now also includes reviewing CV’s and interviewing staff… really makes you take a long look at your own CV and the amount of crap that can be put on them. From my perspective I’m looking for passionate developers who are pro-active on the net like me. This is where I start looking at what you’ve done, a list of websites is no use to me, doesn’t really mean anything. Try and explain what your involvement was in that site, otherwise any issues I find are you fault, even if it was nothing to do with you!

So onto stage 1, a telephone interview… I shouldn’t have to probe for info, you should be selling yourself to me! Do you want the job? If not why bother putting your CV forward at all? Tell me what you’ve done and what excited you the most, what’s the best thing you’ve done, what drives you, where do you want to be in 2 years, what are your dreams and aspirations. Lastly do a quick bit of research, know some of our clients, you should have my name, look me up… you could even be reading this! 🙂

Stage 2 face to face meeting. #1) Presentation IS everything, first impressions do count, maybe not to me, but to others who may want to talk to you or see you, make sure you look the part. #2) relax 🙂 harder said than done, but someone who is relaxed will have a much better chance of making me (us) feel like you can “fit-in”. You could be the faster coolest kid in the world, but if you don’t fit in with the current staff, you still won’t get the job!

More to come 🙂 However please note these are my personal thoughts and methodology of finding the right person for the job.

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