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Smart and Gets Things Done: Joel Spolsky's Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent by Joel Spolsky

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Chapter 5THE PHONE SCREEN

It happens all the time. We get a resume that everyone thinks is really exciting. Terrific grades. All kinds of powerful-sounding jobs. Lots of experience. Speaks seventeen languages. And saved over 10,000 kittens!

Look! Kittens!

And then I call them up, and I can't stand talking to them. Within ten minutes, I realize they are not going to make it as programmers. I've had people with great resumes tell me a pointer should fit in one byte. Sometimes they just can't answer the simplest questions, or you feel like you have to wrestle the answers out of them.

Before moving on to a full-fledged in-person interview, we usually ...

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