Empirically, many factors separately or in combination seem to frequently push software engineers out of the “hot” software engineer category into the “unqualified” category despite impressive actual qualifications. These include: - Less than three years of paid professional experience working for a commercial firm. - More than ten years of paid professional experience - Over 35 (sometimes over 30) - Look over 35 (even worse) - Gray hair (really bad) - Has a Ph.D. - Freshly minted Ph.D. (even worse) - Membership in some low-status “minority” groups (e.g. Black or Hispanic with American Indian Ancestry) - Female - An extended period of recent or current unemployment — over six months - Lack of a college degree - Stated skepticism about currently “hot” technologies even if knows them (e.g. the applicant thinks Git is an awful version control system after using Git for years) - Scores perfectly on a coding test interview (better than interviewers could do) - Just plain different in some other way
I see… The world’s gone mad. Let’s be honest one minute: when is the last time you have met a smart recruiter? For me that was some 25 years ago.