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I've tried using the interview as the best way to find the right people, but it doesn't seem to be working out proficient.

People coming to interviews show up with sparkling clean resumes that would guarantee them a job on the spot. Even though it's important to trust and give people the benefit of the doubt, I still feel that they're leaving something out. In the beginning, they always start out on the right track, but a few months or so down the road, things change. Why? What better ways are there to finding people who match the criteria and meet the requirements of my shop? Are there any questions you may use that help you spot the winners and the losers? If you have any suggestions or ideas, please let me know.


Closing Statement from G Smith

Hello everyone. This is G Smith. I would like to just say thank you for all the useful information and advice you gave me concerning finding very loyal and useful staff. Wish me luck! And again, thank you for everything.

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  • Mar 27 2013: I check out credentials but not past employment. I have hired a lot of people that I have been warned against and it turns out I was right and they were wrong. Trust you instincts.
    I listen for people who claim success without referencing the team they worked with.
    Be particularly wary of people who are desperate to move.
    I worry about personality given that I know the people currently working in the department. What will this person do to the mix.
    If the work is unstructured make sure you get a good read on how that person reacts to the news. Also the opposite pairing.
    Don't read the resume, it's bullshit.
    If you are hiring directly from University, what did they do outside of class that is related to the job. If nothing, then consider moving on.
    Find a topic they are interested in and talk about it in depth. Is presumes you know what you are doing and are not a poser as well.
    Talk to the interviewee for about an hour. If after that time you don't like the person, move on. Your department probably won't as well.

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