The Rockstar-Ninja-Coder and you. A layman’s guide how to not hire them
I have been doing tech recruiting for start-ups over the last 10 years and oh boy, did I fuck up a lot. On the plus side of things, I did also learn a lot about human behaviour, hiring bias and common misconceptions about what constitutes a “good” team member.
I have seen the biggest douche bags called the “top performers” and the actual performers “constant underachievers”. Actually that’s a pretty common topic I have seen across many organisations. Human perception is pretty freakin’ bad. We overvalue merits that are tangible and undervalue merits that are kind of fuzzy. Take the “rockstar developer” for instance (sometimes also called a ninja). People refer to a “rockstar developer” as to somebody that is exceptionally skilled and that literally carries the whole company on his back. Unfortunately that’s not all: A “rockstar” is a rockstar for a reason and only rarely
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