[Chicago-talk] Qualify Skills?

Jim Thomason thomasoniii at gmail.com
Mon Oct 4 11:58:46 CDT 2004

That sells yourself short. Standard grade range is A is top 10%, B is
top 20%, C is top 30%, etc.

If you say you're a B, then that tells the interviewer if they
interview 100 people, they're likely to find one person better than

Restricting A level people down to only the gurus is silly and would
probably not be what an interviewer would do.

If you want to hedge your bets, then the best thing would probably be
to rattle off the things that you know, and then come up with a grade.

"Well, I contributed Foo::Bar to CPAN, I've deployed 17 sites in
mod_perl, I've optimized lots of code for big performance gains, I
once touched Larry Wall's moustache, and I can walk on water while
playing the ukelele. I'd say I'm a solid B+."

Personally, when I was interviewing people, I'd only ask questions
like that to get a jumping off point for where I should start grilling
them when I did the tech eval. Having someone say, "I'm an A!" is
kinda useless, they need to prove it. So have the goods to back up
your claim, but don't sell yourself short.


On Mon, 04 Oct 2004 11:52:22 -0500, JT Smith <jt at plainblack.com> wrote:
> A+ = Larry Wall
> A = Damian Conway
> B+ = Andy Lester
> C+/B- = JT Smith
> To be in the A range, you'd have to be a Larry Wall, Randal Schwartz, Damian Conway type
> person I would think. Not that you have to be them, just that you have to know the inner
> workings of Perl, and all of the coolio tricks they do.
> If you know mod_perl, Perl core, Test::More, and a good working knowledge of CPAN, then
> you're probably in the B range.
> Anything else and your a lesser grade.
> That's my 2 cents.
> On Mon, 4 Oct 2004 11:25:43 -0500
>   Chris McAvoy <chris.mcavoy at gmail.com> wrote:
> >I ran across a few Perl jobs on craigslist.  After contacting one of
> >the recruiters, she asked me to grade myself, as in, am I a B+ Perl
> >developer?
> >
> >Any thoughts on a rule of thumb way to classify a developer?
> >
> >Something along the lines of:
> >
> >An A+ developer can do x y z from memory, and has probably contributed
> >to CPAN...
> >
> >would be helpful.  Or maybe just a paragraph about, "so, you want to
> >be a full time Perl developer, here's the basic skill set..."
> >
> >Thanks,
> >Chris
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