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How to Screen Candidates for Technical Skills and Hire the Best People

How to Screen Candidates for Technical Skills and Hire the Best People

Is the average hiring process designed to separate the wheat from the chaff? Neil Roseman, former Technology VP of Amazon, suggests that in spite of lofty claims, many stakeholders in the tech world still make decisions based on educational bonafides, basic credentials, and gut feelings. As a result, the talent entering their organization is inconsistent and of varying quality.

On the other hand, organizations that take a meticulous approach to their sourcing, screening, and interviewing strategies can find higher quality people – no matter the size of their enterprise. In our experience, here’s how to screen candidates for technical skills and hire quality people.

4 Business Expenses You Should Never Cut When Optimizing Your Costs

4 Business Expenses You Should Never Cut When Optimizing Your Costs

During challenging times, most organizations are pressured to identify and trim extra expenses as a way of increasing profit margins. The thinking goes that making tough choices today has the potential to encourage greater flexibility and resilience tomorrow. Though leaner organizations are often better equipped to weather crises, making excessive cuts to the wrong activities or programs can hinder growth and adaptability.

How do you achieve business cost optimization without trimming too close to the nail? Start by determining which cuts are off limits. During my recent participation in a TechServe Alliance panel, we identified these four items as expenses you should never eliminate. So, if they’ve been on your mind, it’s time you think again.

3 Ways We’re Seeing the Coronavirus Impact Tech Employment

3 Ways We’re Seeing the Coronavirus Impact Tech Employment

The ability of any business to survive a major crisis – whether economic, geopolitical, and/or public health – depends on attracting and retaining incredible people. Only when employees are thinking of solutions that will take their employers through the eye of the storm will businesses withstand the worst of the prevailing rough waters.

Since the turbulence of events like the COVID-19 pandemic or other crises often influence the talent pool, it’s essential for executives and senior management to adjust their talent acquisition strategies to new circumstances and standards. Here is what you need to know about the impact of the coronavirus on IT employment – and what your business can do to maintain a healthy talent pipeline now and in the future.

First Year at Capstone

Last month I finished my first year working part time at Capstone. That’s long enough to feel like you know a company, and still short enough to be new. I’ve been reflecting about the differences to my 36 years working full time at IBM (38 years if you count my part time student work there.) This is NOT a technical blog post.  …