A software developer who has grown fed up with unprepared job candidates has taken matters into his own hands by writing a book and organising advice workshops.
Ed Guiness, 43, of Compton Close, Flitwick, has penned his own book Ace The Programming Interview after he was left disappointed at the standard of candidates he was interviewing for IT jobs.
As well as writing his own book the former hiring manager has also set up a volunteer project that helps charities access volunteer IT gurus to help with their websites and computer needs
Ed, who is now a freelance software developer consultant, is also planning on holding a number of workshops to offer help and advice to unemployed people who are struggling to find employment in the industry.
He said: “The original idea was because as a hiring manager I saw so many candidates that through that were ideal on paper, but just didn’t cut it in the interview.
“They just weren’t prepared, and I found it astonishing really. The majority of people I saw just weren’t prepared, not just young people.”
He added: “You have your common interview questions that people seem to fluff at, but also the technical side. If someone is applying for a computer software programming job, you’d think that it would be fairly obvious that they may be asked to show that they can do this, but they just couldn’t seem to do it.”
Ed’s book is now available on Amazon and in most bookshops. He also plans to donate a number of copies to Flitwick Library.
He is also holding two workshops at i-Lab in Bedford on September. 23 and September 30.
He has reserved a number of tickets for young people and the unemployed, but anyone can attend.
To book your ticket go to www.acetheprogramming interview-intro.eventbrite.co.uk