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If they are "good with Perl," then why would you "not want to hire them"?

I think that he's saying that their other characteristics would make you not want to hire them, even though they are good with Perl.

I was trying to be slightly diplomatic, but I seem to have failed. Let me put it more blunt:

If you're looking for 40 people you'll be looking for team players, these guys are really good, on their, own doing something that will never need maintenance.

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