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Hiring great geeks forces us to recognize and match culture; non-technical qualities, preferences and skills; and finally, technical skills. Knowledge workers adapt their knowledge to your specific situation, the context. These technical people, our great geeks, are not just the sum of their technical knowledge; they are the sum of both what they know and how they apply th ...more
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Published June 5th 2012 by LeanPub
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George Dinwiddie
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've been through the hiring process plenty of times, and have learned some valuable techniques along the way. Sometimes it's still very hard to find and hire the right person. I wish I'd read Johanna's book, Hiring Geeks That Fit, years ago. I would have learned these techniques, and more, much earlier.

Even more importantly, I would have learned that the goal is not merely hiring someone who can do the job, but hiring someone who will do the job in the particular circumstances and culture of t
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Michael Talks
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another great book by Johanna. As a tester who needed to often bring in other staff, I've found this book really invaluable for defining the roles I need, and how people fit into a team.

A great part of the focus of the book is always trying to take your requirements for a hire, and filter and distill them down to the things that matter, so that you avoid having an impossible wish-list. Whilst at the same time
understand the gravity of hiring - how important it is to find someone who will fit, an
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Jurgen Appelo
Mar 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: human-resources
They don't get more practical than this. Everything you need to know about hiring people, and ten times more. ...more
Janette Skinner
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing

This is the kind of book that you can read right through from beginning to end, or select the chapters you think are going to be most useful to you. There is a wealth of information in this book and it is written in an organised and straightforward way. It is quite a long read for non-fiction, at 341 pages, but it is all relevant stuff.

It looks at techniques for hiring people who are able to do the job, but also helps you recognise people who will fit in with the ethos of a team and learn neede
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Attila
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Finally managed to have a go at the book. Loved it to bits. Great structure, which makes it easy not only to read but to develop a right mindset towards the entire hiring process and also have a constant blueprint in front of you. It's also a great book from a geek's point of view. I think for the first time, I got an insight into how recruiters, HR managers or interviewers might look at this and implicitly to me, to the geek. The templates at the end of the book are pure gold, and I'm sure lots ...more
Tadhg Maccarthy
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: work-related, adapt
If you hire ... you need to read this book. Enough said.
Ruslan Khalilov
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Good book with a hands-on review of hiring strategies. Good for recruiters, hiring managers as well as for people who started a company and planning to hire more people to a team.
Gil Broza
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you're a knowledge-work manager, you need to be good at hiring knowledge workers. Even though HR, and probably other managers, might be heavily involved in any hiring activity, you are responsible for the outcome -- and you will certainly have to live with the consequences.

It takes time to get good, and then great, at hiring. Getting lucky -- by hiring acquaintances or staff members' friends, working for a highly attractive organization, or being able to pay lots of money -- is not a good str
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Khang Nguyen
The book is a good start for beginner recruiters. It clearly defines the steps of recruitment process, and more importantly it has numerous sample questions that you can use out of the box or tailor.

However there are too many drawbacks preventing me from giving the book anything but 2 stars. The book seemed to be written for recruiters of *all* IT companies, regardless of sizes and sectors. The author obviously tried to cover too broad a topic, and to keep everything generic, she raised many que
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Stephen
Mar 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: business, management
Everyone wants the hiring process to be better, but few do anything about it. This is is part because there are not a lot of good, relevant resources for understanding the hiring process for technical people. This is unfortunate, especially in an industry where volumes have been written about improving the specification and development process for building systems. When we hire people to build those systems we leave a lot to chance.

I wish that I had read this book years ago. Rothman provides ins
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Vasil Kolev
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This took some time to go through, as it was too boring and I stopped/started it a few times.

It's very US-centric, and for most of the information there, the book could've been just a collection of presentations with bullet points, and that would've had the same value. It would be a good idea for anyone who has never ever been on an interview, but otherwise it's just too basic.
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Nikolay
Feb 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I am a developer hiring a lot of developers. The book offers solid advice, especially on the process side – how to build the requirements, what questions to choose and why, how to deal with a lot of the details.

I didn't like the slight focus on big organization, but it wasn't at all hard to older the unneeded details.
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Josh Assad
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
READ THIS BOOK! Its fantastic. I found great tools as a hiring manager to help me define who I needed to hire, how to ensure that they hit the ground running, and stay with the company. Also gave me great insights to work with our recruitment team to understand how well our recruitment tactics were working.
Tom Panning
May 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: soft-skills
Good, particularly if you're new to recruiting/hiring engineers, designers, testers, or their managers. Johanna has plenty of good advice. She covers a lot of situations, so inevitably some of the advice won't apply to you right now, but it's easy to discern when that is the case. ...more
Marius Colacioiu
Apr 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hiring
Great read! I am impressed with Johanna's in depth knowledge of Recruiting. She has suggestions, practical advices and templates ready to use on all stages of Hiring, with a focus on Hiring the Geeks that fit best with your company's culture. Best book read on hiring till now. ...more
Thomas Kuryura
Good book to understand the basics of hiring.
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