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Recruiting With an Agile Touch

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Horizon777
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Tailoring interview methods
Horizon777   3/18/2012 8:12:27 AM
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Its a fact that some companies focus on employee's stress-handling capability and some companies focus purely on technical grounds while giving candidate comfortable environment. Sometimes the test is designed for a specific environment of the industry and also mandatory when thought in terms of practicality for e.g., for financial services sector and retail, pressure is a common thing to have in working hours and there, the candidate's stress-handling ability may be relevant. Not so in innovative genius companies such as google where focus is mainly on invention while working in a comfortable environment.   

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Re: Spoon of Sugar
Ellis Booker   3/17/2012 10:10:19 AM
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 I think they should consider the ones who oppose the curent stratergies of that company or industry because that person can provide some thoughts on how to improve rather than just following what they are doing for years.

That's an inspired idea, @nima1982. Thanks for starting my Saturday with a really interesting notion worth pondering. 

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nima1982   3/17/2012 8:28:49 AM
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I may be wrong here but I think they should consider the ones who oppose the curent stratergies of that company or industry because that person can provide some thoughts on how to improve rather than just following what they are doing for years.

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kdawson   3/16/2012 4:55:01 PM
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That just makes good sense, @Ellis. It was the standard practice for hiring programmers in most companies I worked for through the 80s and 90s.

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Ellis Booker   3/16/2012 12:20:32 PM
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An approach I've heard about is to have current employees--not HR folks for managers--conduct the lion's share of the interviews. This makes great sense, especially if one believes that teamwork, not top-down management, is the future of agile organizations. 

 

 

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Spoon of Sugar
Tom Murphy   3/16/2012 12:06:46 PM
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It's so much easier and wiser to select workers with a challenging experience that parallels the job than to create silly personality and stress tests that have nothing to do with the realities of the workplace. BTW, if the workplace you work in is that stessful, someone needs to evaluate management. Nobody produces their best work in a stressful environment.

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