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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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Sarvesvara (BVKS) Dasa16-Mar-04 18:31
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Curi0us_George19-Mar-04 15:17
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Sarvesvara (BVKS) Dasa20-Mar-04 23:49
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Curi0us_George21-Mar-04 14:01
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Sarvesvara (BVKS) Dasa16-Mar-04 18:28
Sarvesvara (BVKS) Dasa16-Mar-04 18:28 
GeneralBrief interviews (1 or 2)? Pin
Anonymous15-Mar-04 14:30
Anonymous15-Mar-04 14:30 
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Ravi Bhavnani16-Mar-04 6:33
professionalRavi Bhavnani16-Mar-04 6:33 
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Member 8881818-Mar-04 13:51
Member 8881818-Mar-04 13:51 
There really needs to be an option for "Hiring? We don't hire people anymore"

Aside from that.. we did several interviews with candidates, both technical ("tricky" questions) as well as what they did at their previous company. We also took them out to lunch with most of the group they would be working with (3-4 people), to see how they got along with everyone on a personal level. We even got evil a couple of times.... we'd have the first interviewer show them around and tell them things about what we make - then have the last interviewer ask them questions about our product to see what they remember.

Suprisingly enough.. the best success I've had with an interview question is to ask them to implement the insert function for a linked list. The good engineers will stop, think about it for a second, and write out a quick design (or at least speak it out loud), being sure to note the error cases (inserting at the end, inserting into an empty list). You'd be suprised how many people with "5 years C/C++ experience" simply COULD NOT do this. We think it's because it's so simple. Interviewing pressures people, and there's an unspoken feeling that it's such a simple question they need to look like they can do it without any thought involved.

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Miguel Lopes21-Mar-04 8:07
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Curi0us_George21-Mar-04 14:04
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Miguel Lopes21-Mar-04 14:21
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Curi0us_George21-Mar-04 14:32
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John M. Drescher16-Mar-04 7:51
John M. Drescher16-Mar-04 7:51 
GeneralInternships and temp positions Pin
Navin15-Mar-04 9:42
Navin15-Mar-04 9:42 
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Prakash Nadar20-Mar-04 2:03
Prakash Nadar20-Mar-04 2:03 
GeneralWhat kind of person they are... Pin
Heath Stewart15-Mar-04 7:27
protectorHeath Stewart15-Mar-04 7:27 
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Shog915-Mar-04 13:53
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Generalhow to read people's mind Pin
Galo Vinueza S.15-Mar-04 4:49
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Norman Fung17-Mar-04 6:01
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Prakash Nadar20-Mar-04 2:06
Prakash Nadar20-Mar-04 2:06 
GeneralSimple test Pin
Bamaco214-Mar-04 23:41
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Ryan Roberts15-Mar-04 0:23
Ryan Roberts15-Mar-04 0:23 
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Alois Kraus15-Mar-04 2:15
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Navin15-Mar-04 2:34
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