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:
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.
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.