The Pocket Guide To Hiring Geeks

In The Pocket Guide to Hiring Geeks, Bill and George tackle the complex topics involved when hiring technical resources effortlessly, humorously and informatively. This books makes for a very clear and easily understood reading experience that can impact your next round of interviewing in a tremendously positive way. It can help move your department, and company, to the next level — today!

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This book has 3 sections:

Section A: Weedin'

Hiring Managers need to cleanly and efficiently distill the candidates they want from the tsunami of resumes they get each time they post an ad.

This section includes tips like: "How to Hire Someone Who Has More Technical Knowledge than You" and "The Good, Bad and Ugly about Using Recruiters".

Section B: Interviewin'

How should a Hiring Manager proficiently and legally conduct the most professional interview?

This section includes tips like: "Other Ideas Besides More Money" and "What Not to Ask"".

Section C: Hirin'

Hiring is not a thing Hiring Managers do once it a while; they need to think about this task as a critical component of the job they do all the time.

This section includes tips like: "Hire Like Your Gonna Have to Eventually Fire 'Em" and "How Can I Get Better at This?"

This book has 42 tips:

Tip 1: Always be Looking for Superior Talent. Always.

Tip 2: Talk to HR or Not

Tip 3: How to Get Help with Your Hiring

Tip 4: Internal Hires

Tip 5: How to Hire Someone Who Has More Technical Knowledge Than You

Tip 6: Consultant or Employee?

Tip 7: Write Down a Job Description

Tip 8: Using Social Networking

Tip 9: Network Your A** Off

Tip 10: The Good, Bad and Ugly about Using Recruiters

Tip 11: How to Read a Resume

Tip 12: Narrowing Down the List (Initial Step)

Tip 13: Should You Hire an Overqualified Candidate?

Tip 14: Conduct the Best Type of Interview

Tip 15: Useful Interview Guidelines

Tip 16: Let Management Know What You Need

Tip 17: How to Greet Interviewees

Tip 18: Prepare a List of Questions in Advance

Tip 19: Basic Questions to Cover

Tip 20: Ask Open-Ended Questions

Tip 21: Nontechnical Questions

Tip 22: What Not to Ask

Tip 23: Who Else Should Interview a Candidate?

Tip 24: The Value of Certification

Tip 25: Value of Commitment

Tip 26: Value of Education

Tip 27: Take Notes During the Interview

Tip 28: Offering the Correct Amount for an IT Position/Salary Surveys/etc.

Tip 29: Other Ideas Besides More Money

Tip 30: Have a "D-IQ" (Developer IQ) Part

Tip 31: Things to Watch Out For

Tip 32: The New Guy Cant Code

Tip 33: When and How to STOP an Interview

Tip 34: Common Hiring Mistakes

Tip 35: It Might Not Go Well Anyway

Tip 36: Close It Down

Tip 37: Checking References

Tip 38: Hire Like Your Gonna Have to Eventually Fire 'Em

Tip 39: Don't be Afraid to Make 'Em Dance

Tip 40: Hiring in Boom and Bust Times

Tip 41: Assign Roles to Co-Interviewers

Tip 42: How Can I Get Better at This?

Each tip has 3 parts:

Key Points

Each Tip has several important elements to it. Tip 23: "Who Else Should Interview a Candidate?", for example, has the following key points: Who else can help me interview candidates?, Should you bring the team in at the very introductory stage?, Should you have a semi-formal 'good cop/bad cop' routine?, What if some people do not want to do this? How many people should a candidate interview with?


Each key point has some detail to flesh it out sometimes it is only a sentence, but other times it is a paragraph or two. "Who else can help me interview candidates?", for example, has three full paragraphs giving you concrete ideas on who else can help you.

Real-World Story

Between us the authors have over 40 years in the IT trenches. We have not heard it all, but we have heard a lot. These are stories from our direct experience hiring and being hired as geeks.