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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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    Growing a Perl Team YAPC::EU 2013 Growing a Perl Team YAPC::EU 2013 Presentation Transcript

    • Who am I?
    • Growing a Perl Team ... and the whole Perl community too! Alex Balhatchet @ YAPC::EU 2013 "Future Perl"
    • Future Perl
    • Wrong!
    • "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!
    • The Perl Developer Hiring Problem
    • @jobs > @devs
    • @jobs > 2 * grep { $_->exp_in_years < 2 && $_->skill > 5 } @devs
    • Solution: Interns!
    • Solution: Interns! •3+ months
    • Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position
    • Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students
    • Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students •Writing code, working on important projects
    • Solution: Interns! •3+ months •Paid position •Mostly targeted at students •Writing code, working on important projects •Absolutely not fetching coffee!
    • Why are interns so great?
    • Fresh Ideas
    • Enthusiasm Enthusiasm
    • Hiring and Management Practice
    • Future Permanent Team Members Future Team Members
    • More Perl Devs! More Perl Developers
    • Get more done (at a lower cost) Get more done (at a lower cost)
    • So how can I hire an intern?
    • Job Ad Job Ad
    • www.lokku.com/jobs/intern.html
    • External Advertising External Advertising
    • Making Connections Making Connections
    • Interview Process
    • 1. Tech Quiz 1. Tech Quiz
    • 2. Skype Chat 2. Skype Chat
    • 3. In Person 3. In Person “Proper Interview”
    • 4. Offer! 4. Offer!
    • Working with Interns
    • First Day First Day
    • NOPE
    • Wait just a second there...
    • Preparation Preparation
    • First Day First Day (second attempt)
    • First Weeks First Weeks
    • First Months First Months
    • Beyond Beyond the first months
    • After After the internship is over
    • Success Stories
    • David Lowe David Lowe
    • Vincent Launchbury Vincent Launchbury
    • Alex Balhatchet Me!
    • Future Perl
    • Questions?
    • Thanks :-)
    • Get in touch! email: alex@lokku.com twitter: @kaokun CPAN: KAORU Nestoria is hiring: http://lokku.com/jobs