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Jan. 10, 2022, 1:04 p.m. | David Heinemeier Hansson (dhh@hey.com)

David Heinemeier Hansson hey.com


I've spent years pushing back against hiring practices based on years of irrelevance, pedigree gates, and brainteasers. These indirect measures of talent have proven both unreliable and unfair. If you can, why not look directly at merit?

When it comes to programmers, that merit is chiefly their ability to program! And program well. It's not the only thing that matters, and being a good programmer isn't alone sufficient to be hired at Basecamp, but it is a prerequisite. It doesn't matter what else is true about …

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