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Review: Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds

Review: Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds

If you are in any way involved in hiring technical people, you may want to grab a coffee and check this out.  This book by Johanna Rothman, Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds, is one of the most extensive resources on technical recruiting around.


If you are used to recruiting for non-technical positions, I have to say that technical recruiting is a bit of a different ballgame.  You are dealing with (hopefully) highly skilled knowledge workers that have very specific competencies.


You are trying to fill positions where people need to have the technical skills to be great at what they do.  But you are not hiring computers.  You don’t send a spec sheet out and have it filled like you are building a machine.  There are other considerations here.  Not the least of which is finding out if your humanoid can speak in sentences.


But seriously, Rothman gets you in the right mindset when preparing to hire technical people.  She very rightly suggests that finding a candidate with the right skills on paper is not enough.  More importantly, can the candidate apply their knowledge and find creative solutions to various situations that may come up in your business?  Also, how well can the candidate adapt to changing conditions?  And what specifically can you do to find that person?


She covers topics right from the inception of the position all the way to the new hire’s first day.  There are detailed instructions on steps like performing a through job analysis, writing job advertisements to attract the right candidates, reviewing resumes, screening candidates by phone, developing behavioral-based interview questions, preparing for and conducting the job interview, deciding on the best candidate, extending offers, and more.


There is a lot of practical advice here, which is especially useful for managers and other team members involved in the hiring process.  You will also find handy checklists and template forms to keep you organized and on track.


We all know the consequences of hiring the wrong person for the job.  Using Rothman’s methods you have a much better chance of hiring well and avoiding the wasted time and expense of costly hiring mistakes.


See Hiring The Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical People for more information and to purchase from


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