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Building Great Software Engineering Teams: Recruiting, Hiring, and Managing Your Team from Startup to Success by Joshua Tyler

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CHAPTER 5

Hiring Is Hard

You would like every hiring decision to be a slam dunk. In an ideal scenario, everyone on your team is enthusiastic about a candidate, the candidate is equally excited about your company, and it’s just a matter of drawing up an offer and scribbling some signatures.

It rarely works out that way.

In the real world, building consensus on a hiring strategy is challenging, decisions are rarely unanimous, candidates are cagey and capricious, and sure things turn out to be anything but.

Furthermore, as a hiring manager, you’re trying to make a two-sided sale: you need your own team to be supportive of the hiring decision, as well as convince the candidate that this is the right choice for them.

Let’s discuss some of the trickiest ...

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