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The Phone Screen

by Joel Spolsky
Tuesday, October 24, 2006

“Before moving on to a full-fledged in-person interview, we usually use a phone screen to make sure that we’re not wasting time and money on someone who is just seriously not smart.”

The Phone Screen


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I’m Joel Spolsky, co-founder of Fog Creek Software, a New York company that proves that you can treat programmers well and still be highly profitable. Programmers get private offices, free lunch, and work 40 hours a week. Customers only pay for software if they’re delighted. We make Trello, which lets you organize anything, together, FogBugz, enlightened issue tracking software for bug tracking, and Kiln, which provides distributed version control and code reviews. I’m also the co-founder and CEO of Stack Exchange. More about me.

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