CHAPTER8

Hiring Decisions

After gathering extensive information about a candidate, it’s time to make a hiring decision. This chapter reviews the goal of hiring and then advises when to hire and when specifically not to hire, gives examples of some difficult decisions and their outcomes, and describes a number of common problems and pitfalls.

Try to get to this phase without a strong inclination for either option (hiring or not hiring). All around you throughout the hiring process, people are forming and sharing their opinions, sometimes quite vociferously. You will need a clear head to make the best decision.

The Goal

Most of the people in the world are not great engineers, and in all likelihood most of the people you interview are not great ...

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