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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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15. Moving Forward

“I analyzed the job, and wrote the job description. During the past three weeks alone, I screened sixty résumés and interviewed five people. I just can’t find anyone who fits. I’ve spent three months, and now I’m two weeks away from the time I need the new hire. If I don’t find someone now, I won’t be able to staff the project-to-save-the-company.”

—Frantic development manager

Take action to fill your open position even when no one seems just right.

First, review your job description. Are you placing too much emphasis on tools or technology skills or otherwise over-constraining the job description, and too little emphasis on a candidate’s ability to learn how to use the new tools or technology once he or she has been assimilated ...

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