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Hiring the Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People by Gerald M. Weinberg, Johanna Rothman

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1. Developing Your Hiring Strategy

“I wish I’d never hired Zeus. I know he’s excellent at his technical work, but he’s so difficult. He intimidates people, hurling words when he’s displeased. What a mess.”

—Statement from a dissatisfied manager

Hiring “messes” do happen—but they are something we can and must work to avoid. In truth, the decision to hire an employee is one of the most critical decisions a manager can make. You, your team, and the organization will live with the long-term consequences of your hiring decision. Getting it right the first time can be challenging but, with a good bit of hard work and intelligent planning, it can be done. When you invest your time developing a hiring strategy that defines the kinds of people you need ...

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