Series on Hiring Technical People

Have you seen Nick Korbel’s series about hiring techies? See On Hiring Techies. There are several posts: Evaluate Potential, Not Accomplishments. He’s talking about evaluating qualities, preferences, and non-technical skills. Coding Challenge: A pre-interview audition. The cool thing is that they then discuss the audition in the interview. The Team Interview. I dislike panel interviews. It sounds as if Nick has some positive experience with it. I prefer one-on-one interviews with an interview matrix to organize the interviewing. One thing I do like is that Nick says the entire team must agree with the hire. (Yes—Fist pump!) Hire For Cultural Fit. Nick says, “I can teach someone a new technology. I cannot teach someone how to fit into our culture.” Believe it. If you want to see some of my posts, check out: Skills for 2013: It’s Not About Tools or Technology Three Tips to Streamline Your Interviews and Auditions, Part 4. Also, check out my audition tag. Assign Roles for Group/Panel Interviews and Plan for an Interview with an Interview Matrix My own cultural fit posts: Series on Cultural Fit Posted How to Hire for Cultural Fit Without Becoming Insular or Mediocre Hiring for Cultural Fit: It’s Time to Add Women, pt 1  You can always get your own copy of Hiring Geeks That Fit. It explains everything all in one...

Great Series on Hiring Testers

Do you read Rob Lambert’s Social Tester? He’s been blogging about his experiences finding candidates. Some of my favorites: Certifications are Creating Lazy Hiring Managers Here is a quote from that post: You cannot presume someone with a certification is a talented tester. You also cannot presume someone with no certification is a rubbish tester. I had missed his review of Hiring Geeks That Fit. Here is his review: Geeks Hiring Geeks. Things he likes: The way the book looks at recruiting The templates The stories He also recommends the book for job seekers. Thanks,...

Terrific Review of Hiring Geeks That Fit

Did you see Bernice Ruhland’s review of Hiring Geeks That Fit? She likes the book. Here’s specifically what she likes: In particular I like the idea of providing a recruitment focus to each person on the interview team. Too many times when we recruit we send in several people to interview and they all ask similar questions. With a bit of planning we can do a better job in the questions we ask to evaluate the candidate’s fit and to provide her with more information on the job. Recruitment is a two-way road. Not only are we interviewing the candidate but she is also interviewing us to determine if our company and job is a good fit. You might like something different. If you write a review somewhere and I don’t see it, let me know. I’ll highlight it and link to it...

Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport Slides Posted

I gave the “same” talk twice last week, at Agile Boston. Now, I never memorize my talks, so it’s never the same talk. I record my talks so I can learn from them. I had to select which talk I uploaded to slideshare. Tough decision! I decided to upload the first talk, because I thought the quality of the recording was better. There were fewer background sounds, even though some of my talk was better the second day. Sigh. So, if you would like to see and hear Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport, hop on over to slideshare. I do not know why I cannot unsync the audio and have it just play. I clearly do not understand slideshare.net. So, download the slides, play the audio, and wonder about me. That’s fine. If you want more details about how to do anything I mention in the talk, look at Hiring Geeks That Fit. BTW, the print version of Hiring Geeks That Fit is imminent. My book designer sent it off to the indexer this past weekend....

Hiring is a Team Sport

Shane Hastie, my sometime coauthor, and sometime co-teacher, interviewed me for InfoQ about Hiring Geeks That Fit. We had a great time, and the interview shows it. I hope you enjoy the interview. One of the things I say in the interview is, “Hiring should be a team sport, too.” I’m speaking at Agile Boston this week. What’s the title of my talk? Agile Hiring: It’s a Team Sport. I’m repeating the talk in Downtown Boston on Thursday, too. Hiring Geeks That Fit has many more of these tips. Read the interview and excerpt. Then, do yourself a favor and buy the book. You will not be sorry. If you have the book and are thinking about writing a review, please do. I’m close to a print version. I’m proofing the print pdf now. How exciting! I have a list of todo’s from my print designer, and then we are ready....

My guest post for Vistage will go live on Jan. 8!

Vistage is a peer coaching and advisory group that “helps executives become better leaders, solve their business challenges, and get better results”. I have been asked to provide a ‘Quick Start Guide to Hiring Effective Executives’ and it will go live on their blog on Jan. 8, 2013. If you are looking for practical tips on how to screen or select the right candidates for critical executive positions in your company, check out my guest post. Let’s have a conversation there on how to avoid costly and disappointing hiring decisions. I will look forward to reading your comments and insights to share to the business community. Hiring geeks is hard enough. Hiring senior technical managers is much more difficult. Let’s have a great hiring year in...