Smart and Gets Things Done

Joel Spolsky’s Concise Guide to Finding the Best Technical Talent

  • Authors
  • Joel Spolsky

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Pages 67-81
  3. Pages 83-89
  4. Pages 123-150
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 151-182

About this book


A guide to attracting, recruiting, interviewing, and hiring the best technical talent.

  • A comprehensive system for hiring top–notch technical employees
  • Packed with useful information and specific advice written in a breezy, humorous style
  • Learn how to find great people—and get them to work for you—in an afternoon!

The top software developers are ten times more productive than average developers. Ten times. You can't afford not to hire them. But if you haven't been reading Joel Spolsky's books or blog, you probably don't know how to find them and make them want to work for you.

In this brief book, Joel reveals all his secrets—from his years at Microsoft, and as the co–founder of Fog Creek Software—for recruiting the best developers in the world.

If you've ever wondered what you should be looking for in a resume, if you've ever struggled to decide whether to hire someone at the end of an interview, or if you're wondering why you can't find great programmers, stop everything and read this book.


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