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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Dorset House; 1St Edition edition (September 30, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0932633595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0932633590
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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". . . practical, pragmatic advice on finding and hiring the right person." -- Esther Derby, President, Esther Derby Associates, Inc.

"This clear and comprehensive book joins Peopleware and The Mythical Man Month as must-reads for technical managers." -- Joel Spolsky, Founder, Fog Creek Software

"a humane, yet tough-minded approach to hiring. Any technical manager who wants to hire well will be thankful for it." -- James Bach, CEO, Satisfice, Inc.

About the Author

Johanna Rothman is a highly regarded speaker, author, and consultant; she is known for her pragmatic approach to the problems of managing high technology product development and workers. During the past twenty years, she has been influential in the hiring of hundreds of technical people, including developers, testers, technical editors, technical support staff, and their managers. Based in Arlington, Massachusetts, she is the president of Rothman Consulting Group.

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People often describe me as the "Pragmatic Manager." I help organizational leaders see problems and risks in their product development. I help people identify problems, seize opportunities, and remove impediments. I'm an internationally acclaimed speaker and consultant.

I'm big on action plans, short on theory, grounded in reality. If you can't apply the theory, why bother?

I've has written over 300 articles and papers, maintain three blogs, and am a frequent contributor for numerous magazines. I'm currently writing a monthly management column Stickyminds.com and a quarterly project management column for projectmanagement.com.

I've written these books:
- Essays on Estimation (in progress, on leanpub.com)
- Manage Your Job Search
- Hiring Geeks That Fit
- Manage Your Project Portfolio: Increase Your Capacity and Finish More Projects
- Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management
- Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management (with Esther Derby)
- Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds
- Corrective Action for the Software Industry (with Denise Robitaille)

I write an email newsletter, the Pragmatic Manager and two blogs on jrothman.com, and a personal blog on createadaptablelife.com.

I care about projects that work, teams that work, and organizations that work.

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It's also very skimmable with good summaries at the end of each chapter.
Jeremy Lightsmith
As a hiring manager, I've referenced this book at some point during the interviewing process for almost every candidate since I've had it.
S. Rich
The best part is the way the author provides 'warning' section to denote common mistakes.
Steven Koh

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Earl A. Everett on November 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you are involved in any way with hiring techies, you need this book -- not just as a one-time read, but as one you will refer to repeatedly.

(If you're a techie looking to get hired, it has considerable value, as well.)

Some other recent books, such as <u>How Would You Move Mt. Fuji?</u> deal with the *entire* hiring process only lightly, if at all. This book covers everything, from coming up with the critical/optional requirements of the position (an especially favorite section), through finding and sourcing candidates, résumé review (é is alt-0233 on the numeric keypad, BTW), phone-screen techniques, and truly useful interviewing guidance (another outstanding section). It also covers the crucial decision-making process, reference checking, and making the job offer. It discerns the differences between hiring contributors and managers quite well indeed.

Those of us who have lived painfully through a bad hiring decision know the tremendous cost in money, disruption, and angst. Risk is inherent in every hiring situation, but reading and applying this book will help you go a *long* way toward mitigating that risk.

I bought this book for myself. I'll be buying it for my peer managers, my directors, and my team. It's *good*, and it's *useful*.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Henry Berry on November 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
In this comprehensive, detailed handbook, Rothman recognizes what employers have to do to be able to attract the best technical workers. It's not enough simply to advertise for job openings, but the technical work has to be properly described to attract the right kind of prospective employees. Otherwise, the hiring process will be inefficient, murky, and errant. Reviewing resumes, screening potential candidates for interviews and preparing for these, and conducting an interview are other topics. A consultant to technical firms, Rothman also goes into a personal touch with individuals looking for employment which gives them a favorable impression of the company. This is desirable because a company might want to hire an applicant at a future time; and it creates a favorable image of the company among technical workers. This specialized hiring manual is timely considering the present pick-up in activity in the technology sector of the economy. Many technology companies have to start now preparing to hire new technical workers to be able to capitalize on the opportunities shaping up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Esther Derby on August 11, 2006
Format: Paperback
If you want to increase your ability to attract and hire people who will help build the company while avoiding costly hiring mistakes, Johanna Rothman's book, Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds, can help.

The book is full of detailed guidance on each step of the hiring process, from creating a hiring strategy to making the new hire's first day a great one. The book provides templates and examples to help determine the required and desirable skills for a job, identify elimination factors, and articulate interpersonal and cultural fit qualities necessary for success.

Assessing skills in an interview isn't sufficient; it's how people apply those skills and adapt to situations that determine success. So Johanna details how to use behavioral questions and auditions to gain a clear picture of how a person is likely to perform in your context.

Hiring the Best will help you fine-tune your hiring process, make the best use of your time, and increase your hiring success.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Diana Larsen on August 7, 2006
Format: Paperback
Even if you have a lot of experience with recruiting, selecting and hiring technical people or managers, this book can help. I recently needed to hire a new manager. I already knew that behavioral questions give the most insight into a candidate's experience and potential fit with the hiring organization. However, Johanna's extensive list of behavioral questions gave me a head start on writing an interview protocol that our panel of interviewers could use. I selected several questions from her lists that only needed slight modification to work for the position we wanted to fill. Not only did we get a great manager to hire, all of our candidates told us how much they enjoyed the interviews! Several said it was the best interview experience they'd ever had. Thanks, Johanna!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pål-espen Tørisen on November 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Being a very experienced recruiter of IT and telco professionals myself, and also having written books on recruiting, I appreciate this book. There is not many books on this subject, and this along with Hodges: Technical Recruting must rank among the very best. Having said that I think the part on Internet sourcing, as well as online screening/testing, could have been much more comprehensive for a book published as late as 2004.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Koh on October 30, 2009
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This book provides valuable resources like worksheets, checklists to use for hiring.
The best part is the way the author provides 'warning' section to denote common mistakes.
I am an IT guy, not a HR person and this book meets my practical needs.
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