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Greetings fellow monks,

Im a development manager at Whitepages in downtown Seattle. Were a 100% Perl shop, really pushing the envelope, doing some amazing things. Weve got a great team of really smart Perl developers and architects, but were under-staffed. Weve posted job descriptions on, Craigs List, and Monster. Over the past month, Ive spent a majority of my life searching, screening, and interviewing candidates, but weve only managed to fill a couple positions. There are several reasons for this:

Some candidates are woefully under-qualified
Granted, our hiring bar is purposefully set very high, but we get several candidates who barely know references, dont understand hashes, or cant spell sort or map.

Some candidates over-estimate their abilities
Weve seen a lot of resumes and cover letters that claim the moon and sky, but unlike a lot of other places Ive worked, we require a Perl skills test of each candidate during the interview process. There have been several instances when weve seen candidates we expected (based on their resumes and phone screens) to be top-level people crash and burn.

Our inability to engage a lot of candidates
Although were broadcasting our job offers frequently, I dont think were doing a good job of it. Our job titles and descriptions are lame and uncompelling, IMHO. (Were working on rewriting these now.) But ultimately, we dont know of any place else to advertise our open jobs. Weve tried local Perl users groups and other places, but weve not been able to get top people.

Ultimately, were starting to get the feeling that most qualified Perl developers in the greater Seattle area are already happily employed. Either that, or were just doing a really poor job of evangelizing our open positions. (We don't advertize the salary ranges in our posts, but they're quite good.)

What sort of advice do you folks have about hiring? Any tricks youve used to find and recruit good Perl developers? We phone screen candidates, then we have a Perl skills test where we stick the candidate in a room with a locked-down laptop and a browser-based test. The in-person interviews are after the Perl test. The problem is just with finding new candidates. Were getting very few responses to our job postings. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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