Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 07-22-2013

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Lack of a Track Record  You don't want a case of an "on paper" talent who has never proven his worth. What's he actually accomplished with respect to tech contributions that match your needs?

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

A State of Dysfunction  Watch out for the possibility of endless excuses for blown deadlines. ("You can't rush greatness" is a popular cop-out.) Find out how proactively the candidate plans.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Solo Artists  Everybody has to work within a team structure. Get a sense of what the job prospect did to ensure the success of a group.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

On the Spot  Beware of the fair-weather IT star—the type who shines only when things are going well. Ask how she approaches solving unexpected, even stressful problems.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Above It All?  Make it clear that all employees—even the top performers—have to pitch in and do some grunt work.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Benefiting From Others  Explore in-depth whether the candidate's success stems from his own abilities and initiative or if he rode the coattails of a great boss and team.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Culture Clash  Assess the prospect's current company atmosphere, policies, procedures and so on to gauge whether any cultural adjustments could create difficulties.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Uninspired at Work  Inquire about the candidate’s eagerness to branch out beyond job descriptions to seek growth opportunities.

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star

Looking Out for #1  Is the tech star motivated strictly by personal gain or because she wants to drive an organization to new levels of success?

Nine Trouble Signs When Hiring a Tech Star