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Chapter 5. Hiring

I don't hire anybody who's not brighter than I am. If they're not brighter than I am, I don't need them.

Paul “Bear” Bryant

For most managers, hiring causes nearly as much dread as firing. It is not the process itself, after all, most managers like to meet new people and talk with them. The problem is that among the decisions managers need to make, hiring is the one that can lead to the nastiest, longest lasting, and most painful mistakes. Of course, a good hiring decision can make a huge positive impact on your organization, but it is the bad decisions that haunt most managers.

Hiring technical writers can be especially challenging. Technical writers frequently come from unusual academic backgrounds that tell ...

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