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Pawel Brodzinski on Software Project Management

The Rule of Hiring

There’s one rule I obey when hiring people. When I have any doubts, the decision is “no hire.”

I’ve seen several times hires which were made, even though there were some doubts. It was never a very good decision. Just a good one if we were very lucky. On the other hand, I don’t remember any situations when we were sure the one would suit us and, at the end of the day, it appeared that we were wrong.

Sure, you’ll never meet the perfect candidate, but it doesn’t matter when you feel the person will be good. Trust yourself. You’ll know. You’ll feel.

in: recruitment

2 comments… add one

  • Austin Bob April 4, 2007, 9:11 am

    It amazes me how unwilling people are to trust their “feeling”. We have become so accustomed to everything being objective and precise that we completely discount things that we cannot quantify. Why are we so addicted to quantification? And if everything really is objective, why don’t we let the computer do our hiring, project management, etc. and go off to the mountains to catch butterflies?

  • Pawel Brodzinski April 4, 2007, 3:15 pm

    I think it’s because “feeling” is so vague and unmeasurable. How to justify a decision with the feeling? How to defend it when things went wrong?

    What more it’s often regarded as unprofessional to make a decision based on feeling.

    Funny thing is that even when we have all those numbers counted, all aspects measured the decision is still subjective, because w interpret it in some way. I’ve seen exactly the same facts which brought several people to completely different conclusions. And I mean recommending to kill the product line versus advising to build whole company’s strategy over exactly the same product.

    It was all about feelings. One believed in the product, other didn’t. Facts were merely the basis for what people felt.

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