Naina wanted to see the table of contents online. Here it is: Hiring the Best... Table of Contents
Homer wanted to know what qualified me to write the book, and how do I get feedback on the efficay of my ideas:
I've hired over 100 people in various positions, ranging from software developers and testers, to first, middle, and senior management. I've made mistakes (early in my management career) and learned from them.
I got feedback on my ideas by tracking how successful my hires were, how many people I had to fire, and what happened when other people didn't follow my advice.
Linda wanted to know about hiring someone who would fit the organization. Yes, cultural fit is something I discuss in the book (and it's a lot more than big/small company, which is what a lot of people think is cultural fit). See also Cultural Fits and Starts
Vasu, I'm not a recruiter. I'm a management consultant, who was frustrated by how poorly my clients hired (or more likely, didn't hire) people. Hiring managers didn't know how to define a hiring strategy, didn't filter resumes, didn't phone screen, were terrible at interviewing, and didn't make an offer in a timely fashion. Then they wondered why they couldn't get the projects done. I started writing the book because one of my clients couldn't find a Tier 1 tech support person. It's not that hard to find a good Tier 1 tech support person, but this manager had looked for over 3 months and couldn't find anyone. I wrote up "everything I knew" in outline form, and sure enough, that was the book outline. Of course, I realized when I started writing that I knew more.
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[ February 18, 2005: Message edited by: Dirk Schreckmann ]