QFR: What do you look for in new programmers?

Matt Schellhas
6 min readApr 10, 2022

This question comes from Emily and is one I get once or twice a year:

Hi. I just got my CS degree, but can’t find a job. All of these places want programmers with min 2–3 years experience. People online say to apply anyway, but few companies reply. What do you look for when hiring new grads?

Matt Schellhas

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