Direct Hire vs. Contract-To-Hire

If you think about it, in any state that has passed at-will employment laws, a company can fire an employee at any time for any reason. At will means that employees […]

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Coding Exercises for Technical Candidates

Here at Stout we screen a lot of technical candidates. Our first step is to filter the resumes. (We have little need for glass window installers despite the fact that […]

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How to Explain a Technical Subject to a Non-Technical Person: 3 Tips

When it comes to hiring or promoting a software engineer, communication skills can be used as the tie-breaker between two equally talented people. But that term—communication skills—is so broad that […]

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Edge Cases: A Persistent Dilemma

One of the first “lessons learned” for novice programmers is that the time required to program the typical usage scenarios can be fairly accurately estimated, but the time required for […]

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Did I Just Receive a Low-Ball Salary Offer?

A low-ball salary offer is one that’s way below your minimum acceptable level.  I want to present two real-life examples of our candidates receiving what could have looked like low-ball […]

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5 Signs You Should Fire Your Recruiter

Using outside recruiters can be a life-saver for an over-extended HR department. But let’s be honest - sometimes they don’t add anything of value, and they can even make your […]

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How to Survive Being "Hit by a Bus"

I'm not sure where it came from or how it started, but that's the euphemism we use. As in, "Can we still deploy if Joe is hit by a bus?" […]

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Being Concise, Complete, and Compelling in Your Interview

Concise, complete, and compelling have been highlighted as three characteristics of good speech. If you think about it, they also apply perfectly to good interviewing! Let’s look at each one […]

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Resume Writing for Technology Professionals

Before you dive into this article, keep in mind that my recommendations are for resume writers who are technology professionals. I’ve read thousands upon thousands of technology resumes—but wouldn’t have […]

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Estimation and Scheduling Tips for Beginners

Let’s start with this statement: You cannot accurately estimate anything you haven’t done before.     If I asked you to estimate how long it would take you to make […]

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