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  1. a thorough understanding of foundation concepts e.g. datatypes, interfaces
  2. a medium to high level understanding of the tool they are using e.g. specific .net/java knowledge
  3. a reasonable idea of 'the other technologies your stuff interfaces with' e.g. how databases work
  4. roughly where their technology base is headed e.g. what is cloud computing and what impact it will have on their current skillset