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1. Have they had a job? Not necessarily a programming job but just some job. I can't abide with having to teach the basic stuff like arriving on time (and on time is up to 10:00am ino ur team), calling in when sick and dressing tidy (daily showers are a bonus). But more importantly I don't want to hire someone who has good grades because mum and dad paid all the bills so they could spend all their time studying. If they've done 20 hours a week somewhere and received good grades they I'm really interested. It's nice if they've got outside interests too, Football, Church, Charity, Travel whatever. Oh and volunteer work is a huge bonus
2.Can they fit in with my team? Do they have a personality that will fit in or are they a really smart turd?
Once they start with me us I expect it to take six months before I'm getting class work out of them. I expect them to take on some of the crap jobs to start with (another reason work experience helps) but I have a plan in place. I start them on something important but not urgent so there is time for them to do rework. I expect them to make mistakes, I expect them to fix their own problems with support of peers and I expect to spend time mentoring them. They are an apprentice and I treat them like they still need training. I do not accept other developers fixing the trainees mistakes without their involvement.
If we get it wrong we cut the relationship.
I spend a lot of time on them and expect them to work hard but we're very generous with ensureing that they become a very worthwhile team member.... then the challenge is keeping them but that is a whole other story...
On the east coast Queensland (facing the Pacific) has had record rains and floods and Victoria (facing the Southern Ocean) has had floods, Victoria is about to host the Australian Open Tennis final and it is predicted to exceed 40 Degrees Celsius (104 F)...
I can't wait for winter, but it does get pretty cold in Brisbane... I mean we actually had a day last year get down to 2 Degrees Celsius (35.6 F) but that was the middle of the night so it wasn't too rotten... but I was forced to cuddle up to my wife
The Queensland flood is supposed to be a 1 in 100 year event, we had the city under in 1974 and now 2011 but we also had enough water to do it in 1999 but the dams held it back...