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ONLamp: The Virtual Referral: Mitigating Risk by Hiring Open Source Developers

Jul 15, 2005, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian W. Fitzpatrick)

"The biggest problem with traditional interviewing and evaluation methods is that they are based on limited information about a candidate, such as resume, references, and contrived problem-solving scenarios in interviews. These can be effective evaluation methods, but they too are costly and time consuming, and still carry with them a high risk of making a bad hire.

"If, however, you are choosing a candidate from the ever-growing pool of programmers who contribute to open source projects, you can get an inside look at a programmer's work on actual projects with actual team members by examining the open source projects he participates in..."

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