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2. i would print all the resumes and cover letters, read them carefully, and throw out any that had even the slightest spelling or grammar mistake (and I'm a grammar nazi) - though I'm sure I'll make a mistake in this post...
3. in the interview, i would do my best to find out if the guy was a fucking idiot or not. "what percentage of ducks have below average IQ (for a duck)?", "how may fire hydrants are there in vancouver?", "write some code that does this". "tell me an example of when you went above the call of duty"
that's about it. we got some good hires.
Economists: The person willing to pay the most
Computer Scientists: A random person
Tibetans/Hipsters: Dali Lama
Meritocrats: The guy that put in the most work on SETI
Unions: The most senior guy
Democrats: The winner of a free election