Ping pong, desk beers, and employee benefits

Over the past ten years, I’ve worked with UK tech companies of all shapes and sizes. From the suited and booted “be at your desk by 8am and don’t even dream of leaving before 6pm” to the trousers optional “choose your own hours and work from home as…

The worst tech interview questions

I have a slightly unfair advantage over most tech recruiters in that I was once a developer (albeit a pretty terrible one) and as a result, I’m able to empathise with the majority of the issues they face on a daily basis. Ever since I transitioned to the dark…

On loyalty to your employer

I’ve just returned to London having spent the past two weeks back home in Cork where I spent an awful lot of time with my father, a man who set up his first ever email account less than a year ago and a man who has spent the past…

So you want to be a developer…

These days, the barrier to entry for becoming a software developer is significantly lower than I ever remember it being. Companies are progressively coming to terms with the fact that a Computer Science degree from a Red Brick university isn’t a fundamental necessity for a great developer (although it…