[thelist] How to interview techie programmers if you're a non-techie

Jennifer jen at avarweth.thechain.com
Sat Sep 21 20:38:01 CDT 2002

There was a discussion of this recently at Slashdot. Visit
for a lot of really good ideas, and even a few laughs! I found a lot of
things there that I found helpful anyway.

If you're not familiar with Slashdot, you may want to set the threshold to 4
or 5, to week out the stupid responses.

Hope that helps,

----- Original Message -----
From: "unruly mongrel" <unrulymongrel at hotmail.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Saturday, September 21, 2002 9:27 PM
Subject: [thelist] How to interview techie programmers if you're a

> Hello, talented folks.  I am going to be interviewing people next week to
> help me out in a programming capacity for one of my major clients. What I
> need this person to help me with is:
> #1: do a simple thing and set up our online forms to deliver data to .csv
> files on our server
> #2: be able to teach and explain how she/he/other makes this wonderful
> happen
> #3: talk with me about the possibilities of setting my client up with more
> dependable, efficient database methods, which from my reading so far could
> include a wide variety of things such as PHP, MySQL, Coldfusion, etc.
> I basically need someone who can help me understand where I need to go in
> terms of what tech options are available to me and my client.  If you were
> non-programmer and were to interview a prospective programmer, what are
> questions you can ask to make sure they know what they're talking about,
> that they're not just throwing techie terms at you?  Can you think of any
> concerns I should have?
> <tip>
> Those who are easily shocked should be shocked more often.  (Mae West)
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