Hiring choices

When you think back to your days of job searches and filling out applications do you remember the questions asking about your criminal past?

In a recent conversation with a hiring manager from another company we bitched about how hard it was to find decent employees and how all the kids graduating expected to start out at the top. We laughed about some of the ex-employees and candidates, discussed hygiene of said people and their criminal backgrounds.

It seems we both prefer to hire programmers / systems analysts / whatever they're going by this week that have a shady past; most notably somebody that's had their hands slapped for hacking. Our mindset, who better to have writing secure applications than somebody that knows how to get around security features?

Remember that the next time you log into your online checking account or pay your phone and light bill online.

Posted by phineas g. at 08:06 PM on August 30, 2005 | TrackBack

Oh thanks...that makes me feel soooo much more secure;-)

Posted by: sadie at August 30, 2005 08:41 PM

FWIW - It is possible to know how to circumvent security layers w/o doing so illegally ... having said that, it really must be a case-by-case thing!


Posted by: TJ at August 31, 2005 07:49 PM

From my long-ago interview for my current job:

"Are you familiar with VAX mainframes?"

"Well, I hacked into the system account of the one at college twice..."

Posted by: LDH at September 6, 2005 03:32 PM