One of my interview questions is:
What are the last 2 or 3 job related books that you have read?
If they supply a list I then pick one the books and ask:
What are 2 or 3 points you learned from book X?
I have been dismally disappointed in the replies I normally get to this simple screening question. So far I have not even been able to ask the second question. One candidate told me "books are for beginners"! One said "I have never read a job related book. My manager tried to get me to read a book once but he eventually gave up."!
I am hiring a software developer. Most claim that they keep up by reading blogs or working through online tutorials to learn new things. Some seem to believe that books are obsolete for the field of software development.
Should I stick to my guns or cave in and start considering software developers who don't read books?