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If you've never been around real bullshit artists it's hard to imagine, but there are people who can talk the talk so well and say all the right things, and yet their actual programming is terrible.

There are also the opposite. Folks who are not great at verbalizing programming principles, but do deliver solid code in reality.

In summary, hiring is hell...




Bullshit artists are honestly easy to spot. They are easy to trip up because they think they are good at fooling people. If they said all the right things, the questions were probably low quality. I would throw a zinger in to see if they can react to it. I honestly expect a candidate to say, "I am not familiar" or "I'm not sure I'd have to look that up" once during an interview.


Well... There are different kinds.

The people I talk about aren't even deliberately fake. They really think they're awesome. They can say all the right things. They're charismatic and sound real smart. They have great anecdotes, dripping with wisdom.

It's just that their work is mediocre at best.


> The people I talk about aren't even deliberately fake. They really think they're awesome.

I guess you don't have to be good at fooling people when you believe it yourself.

(cf. Theranos)




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