[Baypiggies] Python Standardized Skill Scoring Chart

David Berthelot david.berthelot at gmail.com
Wed Apr 17 23:28:39 CEST 2013

Often the concepts like decorators take 5 minutes to understand to someone
smart, modules API documentation can be looked up in seconds. So my
approach to interview has been more focused on 'can you get things done'
than on syntax or language specifics.

To interview people, I've used a website that I developed for this purpose:

In my previous company, I lead a team and none of them programmed python
before. Yet they picked it up in no time, pep8, decorators, iterators,
etc... I just give people pointers, if they are smart they pick things up
almost instantly.

On Wed, Apr 17, 2013 at 2:11 PM, Sean Perry <shaleh at speakeasy.net> wrote:

> On Apr 17, 2013, at 1:53 PM, Glen Jarvis wrote:
> > And, frankly, how much simpler would it be to give a list like this to a
> recruiter, company and or developer. A developer won't be able to fake
> being in a higher category than he is. A company is generally pretty
> flexible in their role (i.e., we'll take a 4/5 for our junior position; a 6
> for our regular positions; but the higher the better). 90% of the
> mismatches from recruiters could be cut down if we just handed this scale
> out and asked to self evaluate. (Or, I'm being naive?).
> >
> You are either naive or used to WAY better recruiters than I am. For
> instance my LinkedIn profile says "Specialties: Getting things done. As
> long as it isn't with Java." I get at least a recruiter a week wanting to
> talk about a job involving Java because they saw the word "Java" on my page.
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