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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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10. Following Up After the Interview

Marty: “So, what did you think of the first candidate?”

Jane: “Oh, he was great. Offer him a job.”

Sue: “Hey, wait just a minute. The first guy today wasn’t a guy, he was a woman. Well, she was a woman. You’ve got the candidates confused.”

Marty: “Um, no, I meant the first candidate yesterday—Jeff. I wasn’t so sure I liked him, but we need to talk about everyone, so let’s start with Jeff.”

Jane: “Jeff was first? I talked to Simon first yesterday.”

The opening scenario illustrates how easy it is, even for experienced interviewers, to get caught up in a limbo of confused discussion when conducting a two-day interviewing blitz. Jane, Sue, and Marty think they are talking about the same candidate, but each interviewed ...

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