Hiring for talent

I have been having a discussion over on linkedin about how one goes about hiring people for talent, so I am reposting my answer as a blog entry.

I can only talk about the IT industry so here is my 2c worth. The really cool companies in IT are looking for capable hands on generalists with team leading abilities in a particular field and a yen for creativity. What the previous mouthful asks of the prospective employee is: “are you knowledgeable,capable and mature enough to tackle just about anything novel I can throw at you without throwing a fit?” Don’t forget to mention that your budget for support is limited therefore your prospect should be a tool maker too.

If they flinch on the idea on operating on unknown landscapes on a large scope with limited resources while maintaining rank morale, then chances are that they are not talented.

Caveats: Beware of divas.

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2 thoughts on “Hiring for talent

  1. george says:

    Μάλιστα, πολύ ενδιαφέρον.
    Εγώ μάλλον διαμετρικά αντίθετη άποψη, όχι επειδή είμαι δυστυχώς ή ευτυχώς hands-on generalist και επειδή δεν έχω το τυπικό πτυχίο, αλλά μάλλον επειδή το CV μου κατέληγε στο bit bucket.
    Έχω την εντύπωση οτι απλώς είναι δυσκολότερο να ‘διαφημιστείς’ εαν είσαι τα παραπάνω και πολύ ευκολότερο εαν είσαι overspecialized σε κάτι, σε αυτιστικό βαθμό.

    • kangelos says:

      Το ταλέντο όπως αναφέρω στο post δεν έχει σχέση με το πτυχίο πάντοτε, περισσότερο με την ικανότητα να αυτοσχεδιάζεις παραγωγικά …

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