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Hiring for an Agile Team: Create the Agile Interview

When I talk about interviewing an agile team, many people think, “Oh, we should pair!” and that’s it. But, many teams don’t pair regularly. If you pair in the interview and you don’t pair at work, you have an incongruent … Continue reading

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How Does Your Hiring Help You Learn About the Candidate?

I saw a post on a google+ circle that I can’t post to, because I’m not part of the circle. The author has a pretty good hiring process. But, it doesn’t quite help the author learn enough about the candidate … Continue reading

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Are Your Interview Questions Selling People on Your Organization?

Your interview questions and your auditions should sell people on working for you. It’s that simple. You don’t need to sell people on working for your company. When I teach interviewing, that’s what I teach. And, every single time, my … Continue reading

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Hiring Geeks That Fit Has a Movie

I’ve been trying to record movies to promote my books. I have not been successful. I don’t like the lighting. I sound funny–not ha-ha. I sound strange, like a Stepford wife. Not me at all. So I decided to go … Continue reading

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Many Bad Hiring Practices and Alternatives

When I teach interviewing, I teach these approaches to interviewing: Let the behavior-description questions sell the candidate on the company. Don’t try to “sell” the candidate on the company or the people. It sounds like a used car salesperson or … Continue reading

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Pairing, Observers, and Interviewing Candidates

On the Scrumdevelopment list, there was a thread about interviewing candidates. I didn’t see the thread until too late to be useful. But I have comments and thought I would share them with the greater community. A poster said, We … Continue reading

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November Musings About Hiring Issues

You may have noticed my most recent post was back in October (ouch). That’s because of the past 6 weeks, I’ve been out of town 5. With that much travel, something has to go, and some of my blogging is … Continue reading

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What Can You Ask For, in a Job Interview

A few of you had reasonable concerns about asking for code snippets in What Your Job Ad Can Do For You. So what can you ask for? Here are some ideas: Pseudo-code that shows how you solved a problem as … Continue reading

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What Your Job Ad Can Do For You

I’m teaching PSL this week with Esther and Jerry. I met one of the participants for the first time yesterday morning, and he thanked me for writing the Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers book. I thanked him, and asked what … Continue reading

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Technical Ability is No Guarantee of Success

I just read Most Likely to Succeed: How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job? by Malcolm Gladwell. He talks about how a football recruiter agonized over his decisions: …“This guy threw lasers, he could … Continue reading

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