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  The Virtual Referral: Mitigating Risk by Hiring Open Source Developers
Subject:   Some added info, but...
Date:   2005-07-15 04:44:05
From:   roseman
I agree, that can tell you a fair bit more about their development skills, and a bit more about their interpersonal skills, but I think it only gives you so much in the latter area. The inter-personal "fit" can be one of the most important factors in the success of a hire, and you're not going to get more than a taste of that by looking at a bunch of mailing list interactions (and that may not tell you much at all about how they interact with others on a face-to-face team). Sure, having this extra info is better than not having it, but it only gets you so far.
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  • Some added info, but...
    2005-07-15 22:33:00  jackr [View]

    Interpersonal fit can be judged to surprising degree for active community members. But in the end, that's a lot easier to assess in a relatively brief interview than is technical skill, so making a first selection based on the technical insight from the list is a good complement.