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!

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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Growing a Perl Team YAPC::EU 2013

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