Jan de Boer wrote:Sean, will your book also teach me how to get hired?
Funny you should ask. When our lawyer was reviewing the book, he suggested I write a follow on book on how to get hired.
Agile Hiring does not set out to teach you how to get hired, but with a little thought you can reverse engineer the concepts to understand how to improve your hiring opportunities.
posted 9 years ago
I wanted to add some detail to Jan's question about whether "Agile Hiring" will help him get a job. Here is a selection things you can expect to learn:
I go into detail about what to look for in a resume; what should be there and what shouldn't. This helps a candidate understand how to craft a resume that will appeal to a discerning interviewer.
Phone interviews are devilishly difficult to perform well. I have a lot of advice on how to execute excellent phone interviews. Much of this applies to both ends of the conversation. You will learn how phone communication is different from in-person communication, and what things you can do to be better understood.
I talk a lot about questioning candidates. From the candidate's perspective, you will learn what kinds of questions you should anticipate. You should be able to figure out what poor questions are and how to deal with them. And you should learn what connotes a good response. Just understand that good interviewers know when you are being untruthful and I am not advocating making up answers. Hopefully you will learn how best to present what you've actually done in the best light. You can learn how to select the highlights of your career and use them in an attractive way.
I write about the offer process in some detail and I think this is very valuable for candidates to understand. I see many otherwise great candidates lose an opportunity because they fail during negotiation.
There's a lot more, but one thing is good to be aware of. Companies that hire well tend to be good companies to work for. The converse is also true too. Companies that hire poorly are often not great companies to work for. If you understand what good hiring looks like, you have a powerful tool for evaluating your prospective employers.
A lot of people cry when they cut onions. The trick is not to form an emotional bond. This tiny ad told me: