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 it.
In any case, I hadn't stopped thinking about hiring issues, I just momentarily stopped writing about them. So, here are the musings from my hiring notes for the month of November:
- Some hiring managers are still stuck on alphabet soup for potential candidates. Remember that technical people tend to learn new technologies quickly. Don't make technical experience the cornerstone of your hiring filters. Perform a job analysis before you decide on which technical skills are really filters.
- Think about your auditions. I met a number of hiring managers who use pairing in an audition, but don't pair on projects. Or, they think that testers and developers need the same audition.
- If you are a hiring manager, don't decide on a candidate for the team; help the team decide with you, or for you.
I thought I had more notes, but my notes are not arranged by category; they are in chronological order. As I use them, I'm sure I'll think of more issues.