[snip] .... [/snip] I interview folks almost every week now and I can look at the resume and see that they have the technical skills. HR usually screens them some for me to get a resume that closely matches the job description. I need to find a fit for the team. I have been interviewing folks for many, many years now. I have quit giving tests during interviews. So I do a brief tour through the tech side of things and then I ask, "What is your passion?" This can go a couple of different ways....sometimes work related, sometimes not. Whichever way it goes I always seek the opposite as well. Here are some others I use; What are you reading right now? (or last book read) What magazines do you subscribe to? What was the last movie you saw in a theater? Do you consider Stripes to be Bill Murrays' definitive work? I use these and some others no matter the IT position that I am hiring for. I always hold the first interview to 1/2 hour and require it be in person. The second gets more in-depth and can be face 2 face or on the phone.