BrowserUK, your bitter personal animosity towards me (and studious unwillingness to take downvote-responsibility for any such commentary), simply gets in the way of this and many other threads. Enough is enough. Quit peeing in the PerlMonks Pool. (All of you ... Please.)
Here, we have a young up-and-coming professional, applying for his second or third job, who wants to hear about the expectations of our industry ... and especially to see the perspectives of the other side of The Desk. That’s the topic, not your personal opinion of (and personal hatred of) any particular Monk who is offering an opinion. If that person has, indeed, hired people and fired them, then the OP wants to hear from those people. Not to hear someone Monk vilifying another Monk’s opinion. Stick to the topic, please. Elementary internet-forum courtesy is not too much to ask.
The OP wants to hear as many opinions as s/he can get. And, so do I. So would many people, for many years to come. (They don’t want to hear Yet Another PerlMonks Pissing-Party.™) It isn’t easy to hire the right person; much harder to get rid of the wrong one. And, when interviewing, it’s hard to take the temperature of the group that you might be joining. A very worthy topic.
“So, you think my opinions are garbage?” Marvelous ... what’s yours? What sort of organization do you work for, what hiring committees have you sat on, what were the directives given to that committee, and what did you do? What was (of course mentioning no names ...) the best and the worst outcome that came from it, and why? It could be a very interesting thread. I want to read that thread, please, and I don’t want to do all or even much of the talking.