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Growing a Perl Team YAPC::EU 2013

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We are a team of 4-5 Perl developers. But in the last 7 years we have had 27 unique engineers! Why? Because we hire interns! …

We are a team of 4-5 Perl developers. But in the last 7 years we have had 27 unique engineers! Why? Because we hire interns!

Interns are a great way to get...
- fresh ideas
- fresh enthusiasm
- hiring and management practice
- full time hires who can hit the ground running
- more people who know Perl in the world
- more stuff done (at a lower cost)

This talk will cover:

- Overall approach
- How to find people
- Interview process
- Internship process
- After the internship
- Examples / success stories

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  • 1. Who am I?
  • 2. Growing a Perl Team ... and the whole Perl community too! Alex Balhatchet @ YAPC::EU 2013 "Future Perl"
  • 3. Future Perl
  • 4. Wrong!
  • 5. "Proper Intro" •The Perl developer hiring problem •One solution: interns! •How can I get interns? •What do I do with one once I have it? •Prove it!
  • 6. The Perl Developer Hiring Problem
  • 7. @jobs > @devs
  • 8. @jobs > 2 * grep { $_->exp_in_years < 2 && $_->skill > 5 } @devs
  • 9. Solution: Interns!
  • 10. Solution: Interns! •3+ months
  • 11. Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position
  • 12. Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students
  • 13. Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students •Writing code, working on important projects
  • 14. Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students •Writing code, working on important projects •Absolutely not fetching coffee!
  • 15. Why are interns so great?
  • 16. Fresh Ideas
  • 17. Enthusiasm Enthusiasm
  • 18. Hiring and Management Practice
  • 19. Future Permanent Team Members Future Team Members
  • 20. More Perl Devs! More Perl Developers
  • 21. Get more done (at a lower cost) Get more done (at a lower cost)
  • 22. So how can I hire an intern?
  • 23. Job Ad Job Ad
  • 24. www.lokku.com/jobs/intern.html
  • 25. External Advertising External Advertising
  • 26. Making Connections Making Connections
  • 27. Interview Process
  • 28. 1. Tech Quiz 1. Tech Quiz
  • 29. 2. Skype Chat 2. Skype Chat
  • 30. 3. In Person 3. In Person “Proper Interview”
  • 31. 4. Offer! 4. Offer!
  • 32. Working with Interns
  • 33. First Day First Day
  • 34. NOPE
  • 35. Wait just a second there...
  • 36. Preparation Preparation
  • 37. First Day First Day (second attempt)
  • 38. First Weeks First Weeks
  • 39. First Months First Months
  • 40. Beyond Beyond the first months
  • 41. After After the internship is over
  • 42. Success Stories
  • 43. David Lowe David Lowe
  • 44. Vincent Launchbury Vincent Launchbury
  • 45. Alex Balhatchet Me!
  • 46. Future Perl
  • 47. Questions?
  • 48. Thanks :-)
  • 49. Get in touch! email: alex@lokku.com twitter: @kaokun CPAN: KAORU Nestoria is hiring: http://lokku.com/jobs

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