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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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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: 0.8 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Henry Berry on November 29, 2004
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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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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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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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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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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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This book contains the best of what I've learned during my time as a hiring manager PLUS some additional concepts I hadn't yet learned. The power of this book is that all the information is in one place and is well organized. 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. I've used this book to formulate hiring strategies, develop job descriptions, formulate interview questions and provide answers to candidates. As an example, during a phone screen for one candidate he asked what the culture is like at our company. I flipped to "Company-Fit Factors" and provided him an answer using some of the factors listed there. I think the candidate was stunned at the breadth of coverage I provided in a short amount of time. Had I not had that reference, I probably would have fished for answers across different topic areas and risked not providing him the information he needed.
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If you're hiring people, helping hire, or trying to be hired in the tech world - I can't recommend this book highly enough.

It has a very clear and natural structure that takes you through each step in the hiring process. It's also very skimmable with good summaries at the end of each chapter. I especially enjoyed the chapters on the actual interview. A lot of great material on interview questions & strategy.

As someone who has been part of the hiring process many times in the past and is looking to run it in the future, I'm keeping this book by my side.

If you'd like to get a feel for what's in the book, Johanna has a great blog about hiring technical people here :

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