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On what basis does your company hire new staff?   [Edit]

Survey period: 15 Mar 2004 to 21 Mar 2004

Hiring new staff can be tricky. How do you go about the process?

OptionVotes% 
Brief interviews (1 or 2).27143.08
Interviews and tests (2 or more + tests).22235.29
Multiple Interviews / tests across many groups in the company.548.59
Placement agency plus final in-house interview.507.95
Placement agency handling everything.30.48

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WillemM19-Mar-04 9:48
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Sarvesvara (BVKS) Dasa21-Mar-04 0:51
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GeneralMy take... Pin
Nitron18-Mar-04 4:01
Nitron18-Mar-04 4:01 
Tests are useless. Why test someone on a tricky bit of source code, or make someone think stuff up from scratch. When I hire someone, I want someone who knows how to design. A proper design is far more valuable than a piece of code -- coding is the easy part! If someone forgets how to implement a particular function, there's always MSDN and CP. I look for people who are eager and willing to learn new techniques, and also know exactly where to go if they forgot some details. I look for resourceful people. I like to give a standardized "behavioral interview", where I ask the candidate to describe a situation, state his actions, and tell me the outcome. These questions are designed around a set of core competencies that I find are of most value to the position. I look for thought patterns and elegant solutions to his/her situations. I also look for outcomes that were less than desirable, or complete failures. I feel a failure is worth far more knowledge than a series of simple successes. I also like the fact that they encountered the failures on someone else's nickel Wink | ;) That tells me they are ess likeley to make that same mistake with me. And all the while during the interview, I am assessing their personality. I look for confidence without arrogance, and persuasion without manipulation. I also look for what i call "the fire", that intangible quality that tells you a person really loves what they do.

All and all, one could always hire a monkey to write code; I'd prefer a true developer.

~Nitron.
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GeneralDeveloper, shmeveloper Pin
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Curi0us_George19-Mar-04 16:03
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GeneralOur hiring policy Pin
AveryH18-Mar-04 2:46
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Jeff Varszegi18-Mar-04 19:06
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Zenpt21-Mar-04 23:40
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AveryH22-Mar-04 0:29
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GeneralHired with interview Pin
Edmund . C . Prakash16-Mar-04 20:23
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