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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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6. Reviewing Résumés

Stanley: “Hey, Joe! Take a look at this résumé. Think we can bring this person in?”

Joe: “Well, maybe, but can you figure out what ‘Led the widget-builder effort’ means? Does it mean she’s a technical leader, a project manager, an architect, or maybe an analyst?”

Stanley: “I can’t tell.”

Reviewing a résumé gives you your first opportunity to see whether a candidate’s qualities, preferences, and skills match your job requirements and culture, but it does more than just that. It also gives you the chance to form a preliminary opinion about a candidate as an individual, not just as a set of attributes. Learning to review résumés quickly does even more—even though each résumé is unique, speedy review gives you an advantage over ...

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