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Submission + - Interviewing experienced IT people

thricenightly writes: After more than 20 years in IT I've learned that the most valuable people in a team are frequently the old timers. Young pups straight out of college might (think they) know all the latest buzzwords and techniques, but in the real world, where getting working products delivered on time and on budget is of paramount importance, people who have been doing the job for a decade or two tend to be the people I'd rather be working alongside.

I've recently been elevated to a position where I get to interview and choose those who get hired in my department. Although I'm very much focused on choosing the right person for the role regardless of age, experience or whatever, it's probably fair to say the more mature applicants will get a more sympathetic hearing from me than they might from most other interviewers for IT roles.

The question is, what do I ask older applicants to get them to demonstrate the value of their experience? My current gambit is something like "IT is seen as a young man's game. My next applicant after you is 23 years old. What do you know that he doesn't?" This gets responses ranging from the vague to the truly enlightened.

All next week I'm interviewing for a number of senior software designer and developer roles. What should I be asking of the more experienced applicants, and what responses should I be looking out for?
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