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How to Hire the Right Person

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How to Hire the Right Person

The New York Times,

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Nearly 500 CEOs tell you how to conduct the best interviews and hire the right person.

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Smart job candidates come well prepared: résumés honed, responses rehearsed, references vetted. How do you find out who candidates really are, so you can hire with confidence? For the answer to that question, there’s probably no better source than successful CEOs. Journalist Adam Bryant, creator of The New York Times’ Corner Office column, has interviewed nearly 500 chief executives, and he’s asked each of them what they’ve learned about hiring. getAbstract recommends this article to anyone involved in hiring decisions, including job hunters.


Hiring new employees is a process rife with uncertainty. Interviewers rarely have all the information they’d like, and traditional hiring processes fail to delve beyond candidates’ practiced performances. By incorporating these insightful strategies into your hiring process, you’ll be able to hire with the assurance that you’ve gone beyond rehearsed responses and superficial appearances:

  1. “Avoid the standard job interview” – Develop creative, challenging questions that resist preset answers. Create situations that encourage candidates to be themselves.
  2. “Get away from your desk...

About the Author

Journalist Adam Bryant writes The New York Times’ Corner Office series.

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    A. S. 5 years ago
    I agree that seeing people away from the office does give you a good insight into their ability to get on with a range of people etc, but I still believe you need to give them the 'office' experience so they can also get a feel for your own environment.
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    M. A. 6 years ago
    Asking what animal would like to be is so unprofessional, asking situational or behavioral questions is the right thing.
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      4 years ago
      I agree with you one hundred percent.