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Hiring front-end engineers  

An insightful post from Chris Zacharias, who, in his time at Youtube, interviewed hundreds of potential candidates for the position of front end engineer. Thus, he's in a good position to offer some advice on how to recruit them.

The key points are:

  1. Don't look for a Computer Science degree.
  2. It's very hard to turn a backend engineer into a front-end engineer.
  3. Look for generic javascript skills, not just jQuery.
  4. Good front-end engineers tend to do art too (writing, music, painting...).
  5. Many good front-end engineers emerge out of the newspaper and print industry.
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