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Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science Of Hiring Technical People Paperback – September 30, 2004
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". . . practical, pragmatic advice on finding and hiring the right person." -- Esther Derby, President, Esther Derby Associates, Inc.
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"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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The reader need not be daunted by the task of reading this book front to cover like a piece of fiction. This is a guidebook and a manual to pick up and read a few pages here and there when one needs to quickly review and study up on how to approach any or all steps in a hiring process.
It is also a cheat sheet - but not like the ones you used to get in trouble for in study hall. The templates, outlines and direct solution-driven approaches to sourcing, interviewing and closing offers are timeless techniques that can improve or inspire any hiring process. Some of the methods are surprising but all of them are refreshing and offer up reminders that it is good - and smart - to be thoughtful about how one expands their company and teams.
I highly suggest grabbing this one off the shelf and giving it a read. Even if your profession doesn't involve hiring, this book offers teachings that stem outside the world of recruiting and can serve as helpful approaches to any challenging intersection one may find themselves in.
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 :
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.
(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*.
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.