| ||Ask HN: Why are Java developers so boring?|
16 points by jread on March 28, 2011 | hide | past | favorite | 22 comments
Over the past few months I've interviewed about 2 dozen Java developers. I'm leaving a consulting position with a large online auction company and they've asked me to help interview replacement candidates. They mandate use of Java for all software development. I don't generally stereotype, but I've become very frustrated with the type of candidates I'm interviewing. They are just so boring. While most of them know Java well enough, they don't seem to know or care about much else. They are usually very narrowly focused, accustomed to working on large teams where they manage some little cog, have little understanding of full stack web development, and don't seem very passionate about software development. I'm new to interviewing, and I'm interested to know if this is typical, or if we are just getting a bad batch of candidates.
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Maybe you are attracting boring people because the company presents itself as a place for such people.
Maybe the company has a reputation or a vibe that simply does not attract the kind of people you are looking for.
Maybe job openings are worded in such a way that they attract these kind of people.