"It's not enough
to hire 'good enough' . . . you need to hire the best, and nobody knows more than
Johanna Rothman about that. This clear and comprehensive book joins Peopleware
and The Mythical Man Month as must-reads for technical managers."
Founder, Fog Creek Software
"The days when herds of wild
nerds roamed free in the Silicon Forest appear to be over. They still roam, but
few employers are willing to feed them after the dot-com bust of recent years.
Consultant Rothman definitely supports this buyers' market in her descriptions
of how to identify labor needs, structure job descriptions and expectations, and
then search, sort, interview and hire high-technology situations
. . . . This
book is obviously written for technical managers with the power to hire, but it
could also be useful to still-roaming nerds who have yet to make up their minds
about whether they should try to be acceptable to corporate culture or make a
career change to, say, animal husbandry."
& Research Book News
books have pounded on the principle that the key factor in software development
success is the quality of the people working on it. Therefore, for many projects,
the key step is the first one, hiring the very best people. . . . Hiring the
Best Knowledge Workers, Techies & Nerds: The Secrets & Science of Hiring Technical
People . . . is invaluable in showing you how to do this critical task right.
Every step, from developing the strategy to be used in hiring to the first day
on the job for the new hire is covered."
Journal of Object Technology
lays out the tasks and the issues, then addresses actual situations that might
arise. She covers the entire subject thoroughly. . . .
you are a hiring manager in a high-tech field, you must read this book."
you are involved in any way with hiring techies, you need this book -- not just
as a one-time read, but as one you will refer to repeatedly. (If you're a techie
looking to get hired, it has considerable value, as well.) . . .
of us who have lived painfully through a bad hiring decision know the tremendous
cost in money, disruption, and angst. Risk is inherent in every hiring situation,
but reading and applying this book will help you go a long way toward mitigating
"I bought this book for myself. I'll be buying
it for my peer managers, my directors, and my team. . . ."
Director of Engineering, Vauban Advanced Technologies
takes the reader through all the steps in hiring: analyzing the job requirements,
posting well-written ads, effectively screening résumés, phone screening,
interviewing and ultimately signing on new hires. Replete with detailed, step-by-step
information and true stories, the book leaves little to chance in finding and
"In this comprehensive,
detailed handbook, Rothman recognizes what employers have to do to be able to
attract the best technical workers. . . . This specialized hiring manual is timely
considering the present pick-up in activity in the technology sector of the economy.
Many technology companies have to start now preparing to hire new technical workers
to be able to capitalize on the opportunities shaping up."
is the B-52 of hiring management. . . .
". . . one of
the best books on hiring management available on the market today. Whether you
are a hiring manager in need of some guidance/improvements or a job seeker willing
to put together outstanding job applications to maximize your chances, don't wait
any further, get this book NOW!"
"I'm not aware of any other
book like this. It's a humane, yet tough-minded approach to hiring. Any technical
manager who wants to hire well will be thankful for it."
CEO, Satisfice, Inc.
". . . practical,
pragmatic advice on finding and hiring the right person. . . . full of examples,
templates, and true stories that will help you make the best use of your time,
fine-tune your hiring process, and hire the best."
President, Esther Derby Associates, Inc.
I read through the book, I constantly circled ideas and made notes like "Wonderful
phrase," "I like this," "Exactly," "Great stuff," and "YES!" Every chapter resonates
with my experience. . . .
"I'd like to suggest another
use for this book. Read it as if you were looking for a job. Turn each chapter
around. Ask yourself, what does this chapter offer to a person searching for a
job, writing a resume, interviewing, and negotiating. You'll find it extremely
useful if you do."
". . . I wish I had this book twenty years ago. This book provides a detailed
process for determining your specific hiring strategy. . . is both well thought
out in scope and thorough in detail, with true case experiences to highlight points
in the book that the author has had as a hiring consultant. . . . I consider the
book excellent in style, goals and methods, and can, and do, recommend it as a
reference both for hiring, and for being hired."
ACM Software Engineering Notes
company wants to hire the best staff possible. You want intelligent people with
the relevant experience who'll fit into the corporate culture, and you don't want
to make expensive, emotionally-trying mistakes in doing so.
". . .
Rothman provides plenty of real-world examples, lots of useful templates, and
case studies that reflect reality. If you're a hiring manager, trying to figure
out how to open a job requisition, or if you're a developer who's been asked to
interview a slew of candidates for the new position, I emphatically recommend
you pick up a copy of Hiring The Best."
Preview: Read the First 3 Chapters (~736K PDF)