Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People

Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People

by Johanna Rothman
     
 

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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2004).

Proven Methods for Attracting, Interviewing, and Hiring Technical Workers

 

Good technical people are the foundation on which successful high technology organizations are built. Establishing a good process for hiring such workers is essential. Unfortunately,

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This is the digital version of the printed book (Copyright © 2004).

Proven Methods for Attracting, Interviewing, and Hiring Technical Workers

 

Good technical people are the foundation on which successful high technology organizations are built. Establishing a good process for hiring such workers is essential. Unfortunately, the generic methods so often used for hiring skill-based staff, who can apply standardized methods to almost any situation, are of little use to those charged with the task of hiring technical people.

 

Unlike skill-based workers, technical people typically do not have access to cookie-cutter solutions to their problems. They need to adapt to any situation that arises, using their knowledge in new and creative ways to solve the problem at hand. As a result, one developer, tester, or technical manager is not interchangeable with another. This makes hiring technical people one of the most critical and difficult processes a technical manager can undertake.

 

Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People takes the guesswork out of hiring and diminishes the risk of costly hiring mistakes. With the aid of step-by-step descriptions and detailed examples, you'll learn how to

 

  • write a concise, targeted job description
  • source candidates
  • develop ads for mixed media
  • review résumés quickly to determine Yes, No, or Maybe candidates
  • develop intelligent, nondiscriminatory, interview techniques
  • create fool-proof phone-screens
  • check references with a view to reading between the lines
  • extend an offer that will attract a win-win acceptance or tender a gentle-but-decisive rejection
  • and more

 

An effective hiring process is crucial to saving an organization the costs and consequences of a bad hiring decision. Not only is a bad hire costly in terms of recruiting expenses and the time spent hiring, it can also bog down or derail projects that may already be running late.

 

You, your team, and your organization will live with the long-term consequences of your hiring decision. Investing time in developing a hiring strategy will shorten your decision time and the ramp-up time needed for each new hire.

 

Technical leaders, project and program managers, and anyone putting together a team of technical workers will greatly benefit from this book.


 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780133492217
Publisher:
Pearson Education
Publication date:
07/15/2013
Series:
Dorset House eBooks
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
File size:
14 MB
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Meet the Author

Johanna Rothman is president of Rothman Consulting Group, an international consulting firm that helps organizational leaders to see problems and risks in their product development, recognize potential risks, seize opportunities, and remove impediments. In addition to Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds, she is author or coauthor of five books on various aspects of management: Manage Your Job Search, Hiring Geeks That Fit, Manage Your Project Portfolio, Behind Closed Doors, and Manage It! Your Guide to Modern, Pragmatic Project Management, winner of a 2008 Jolt Productivity Award. Known as the Pragmatic Manager, Johanna writes three blogs as well as her monthly Pragmatic Manager email newsletter, and has published more than 200 articles in such places as Cutter IT Journal, Computerworld, IEEE Software, projectmanagement.com, and stickyminds.com. For more of her writing, see jrothman.com.

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