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Have Code Ready for the Interview

Have Code Ready for the Interview

Lately, I’ve been seeing a trend whereby hiring managers are asking for a code sample—either after a phone interview or even prior to the interview as part of an initial candidate review. Managers might look the code over in order…

Minimum Viable Product

Minimum Viable Product

These poor ladies… They look perfect in every detail. But at what cost? Can you imagine what time they have to start dressing? The party starts at eight o’clock. Two hours to do my hair, an hour to get into…

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Great Technical Candidates Are Out There

Remember the line “You can’t handle the truth!” from A Few Good Men? I’ll put it as a question: “Can you handle the truth?” and then explain. Over and over, we hear about the shortage of technical employees and candidates…

When Job Descriptions Get Lost in Translation

When Job Descriptions Get Lost in Translation

My favorite recruiting situation is when I, as a recruiter, get to go to the place of business, meet with the hiring manager, and see and hear firsthand about the work being done and the specific needs of the hiring…

Stout Recognized as a Michigan Economic Bright Spot

Stout Recognized as a Michigan Economic Bright Spot

Stout Systems Recognized with Corp! Magazine’s “Michigan Economic Bright Spot” Award Ann Arbor, Mich., July 1, 2014 – Stout Systems, a leader in the software engineering consulting and technical staffing sectors, is proud to have been recognized as a “Michigan…

Maximizing Your Technical Recruiting Partnership

Maximizing Your Technical Recruiting Partnership

There is no doubt about it…the demand for technical talent far exceeds the currently available supply. As a result, many companies are struggling to land the talent that they desperately need. In an effort to maximize their chances for success,…

Techweek Detroit 2014

Techweek Detroit 2014

While this may be the first year for Techweek Detroit, it is not the first ever Techweek event. Piggy-backing on successful Techweek events in Chicago and elsewhere in the US, the Detroit event was held May 19-23. (www.techweek.com) The purpose?…

The Care and Feeding of Business References

The Care and Feeding of Business References

Business references are not something talked about very often, but when it comes to making a decision on a potential offer to a candidate, I’ve seen references cinch the deal and I’ve seen them kill the deal. Obviously, a set…

Moving On With Elegance

Moving On With Elegance

I doubt there are many of us who haven’t seen one viral video or another of someone quitting their job in a public, grandiose, and sometimes humorous fashion. But as fulfilling as it might seem to part company with your…

CoffeeScript versus TypeScript

CoffeeScript versus TypeScript

For server-side Web development you can use a multitude of languages and frameworks, but for client-side programming JavaScript is the only language that is supported by all browsers. JavaScript development has gotten better with the advent of frameworks like jQuery,…

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