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Have you ever passed on a technically solid candidate because you felt they'd be trouble? What's the story?

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100%. There are way too many technical geniuses and talented people out there to settle for someone who displays haughty, individualistic, or umotivated traits.

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Yes, because skills aren't everything. They still need to be efficient and able to function within a team, make status updates, reach out for help when needed, and problem solve with others. You can have all of the knowledge in the world, but if you aren't communicating with the team, what is that knowledge being used for?

Tech skills are maybe 30% of a person's total value. So yeah...I have definitely passed on candidates that were tech savvy but could not communicate or were just mean, bad or awful people

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