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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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2. Analyzing the Job

Hiring Manager: “I need to hire a developer/tester/writer.”

HR Rep: “Okay. What does that person do?”

Hiring Manager: “Engineering . . . development . . . testing . . . writing, of course. A little bit of this, a little bit of that.”

Most technical staff and technical managers do a little bit of this and a little bit of that, but unfortunately, that’s not even close to a job description.

Performing a thorough job analysis is a fundamental component of the hiring process, and your analysis should help you define the requirements for the job. As a result of taking the time to analyze the job, you will discover criteria that you can use to create a job description. You won’t need to embarrass yourself by only being able to tell ...

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