How to Hire Good Programmers

Track: Agile

Few things will ruin a great team faster than a bad hire so how do you recognize a talented software developer in a 30-minute interview? The traditional method of hiring programmers is to hire based on what they know. I will argue that you should instead hire a programmer based on what they can learn.

Jennifer Bland

Jennifer Bland is a Senior Software Developer for Hearst Autos, specializing in MEAN stack development. She has more than ten years of development experience working for companies like CNN, Coca-Cola and Apple Computer. Jennifer is the author of the book “Developing e-Business Applications Using Lotus Domino on the AS/400”, published by IBM.

She runs the website which provides interview questions to assist programmers in preparation for job interviews. Her personal website is

Jennifer holds a B.A. in History from Furman University and an MBA from San Jose State University.