Project manager and IT director interview this contract programmer, and based on the contract shop's recommendation and a brief technical interview she's hired, reports a pilot fish on the scene.
"She interviewed well, but unfortunately that's where her skills largely ended," fish says.
"Basic skills required for this job were C, SQL and Oracle's PL/SQL and Pro*C -- that's like C with embedded SQL. After struggling for a few days on her first assignment, she asked me, 'How do you open a file in C?'"
Fish hands her his copy of The C Programming Language and tells her to look up the fopen() function.