I often look for people that have done, like, a lot of stuff on their own that wasn’t asked of them. Not just their school project or just what their previous employer had them do. Somebody who was passionate about something and had some side project. How did they maintain it and how serious did they get with it? Or do they do a lot of quick hacks and abandon them?
~ Brad Fitzpatrick
I tend to favor the people who say “I’ve got this really interesting problem”. Then you ask “What was the most fun project you ever wrote; show nme the code for this stuff. How would you solve this problem?”.
~ Joe Armstrong