job screening question

William Herrin bill at
Sat Jul 7 01:36:47 UTC 2012

On Fri, Jul 6, 2012 at 9:22 PM, Steven Noble <snoble at> wrote:
> I have talked to companies who have job openings many
> months old for people who absolutely exist in the silicon
> valley. The hiring company just thinks the people who
> apply are over or under qualified.

I thought someone was overqualified once. My decision was overridden.
I turned out to be very glad it was. He didn't fit the role I thought
I needed but I was able to turn him loose with minimal supervision.
And I was able to go on vacation. :) That was so much more valuable.

Now I know: tell the candidate about the work, all the work not just
the job you thought you would hire for, and let him tell you whether
any of it is beneath him. As long as you get all the skills you need
on the team you can juggle the tasking.

Bill Herrin

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