Why CIOs Hire Bad Employees

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 10-25-2012

Why CIOs Hire Bad Employees

You Depend Too Much on HR
HR doesn’t understand your department's hiring needs like you do.

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Your Hiring Manager Needs Help
No one person – even a trusted supervisor with a strong IT background – should call all the shots on hiring.

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You Fall for the Pretty Face
Attractive people are associated with professional competence. Don't fall for it.

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The Gift of Gab
Slick talkers will ace interviews. But charm alone won’t bring your IT projects in on time and within budget.

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You Accept Hypotheticals
In discussing a candidate’s work, push them to come up with real challenges and solutions they’ve conquered.

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You Go on Autopilot
Even if there are many applicants to bring in, you must conduct each conversation with an in-depth approach.

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You Fail to Make the Grade
Instead of simply jotting down overall impressions, give each candidate a numerical rating or letter grade to establish rank.

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You Forego Collaboration
Group interviews and exchanging notes after one-on-ones is a sure way to gain a consensus of perspectives.

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You Try to Quantify Everything
Metrics alone can’t measure the total value of a potential employee. You need to go with your gut after thorough screening, interviewing and reference checking.

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You Never Look Back
Instead of hiring people and moving on, evaluate how well your department has hired in the past to assess how to improve.

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