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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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"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.
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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.
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.
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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This is the ultimate reference guidebook on not just how to hire the best but almost more importantly, how to feel confident about making critical hiring decisions and moving an... Read morePublished 22 months ago by emily
This book was one of the first resources I found when I started hiring for my software development team, and its advice and processes have worked very well for me and my team. Read morePublished on November 8, 2012 by Josh Yeager
Finally, a book that is focused on hiring technical people. Great read, very informative.Published on March 2, 2006 by R. Thompson
As other reviewers have pointed out, this book goes all the way from first defining the open position through to the new hire's first day on the job. Read morePublished on November 20, 2005 by Lars Bergstrom
I found this book on the author's web site, and I must say that I am glad that I did. My department's hiring practices were in need of overhauling, and this book served as great... Read morePublished on May 30, 2005 by Philip R. Heath