Summary of Hiring the Best

A Manager’s Guide to Effective Recruitment

Adams Media,
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Hiring the Best  book summary
Finding the right person for any job is a challenge. Hiring is even harder.


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5 Innovation

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Any manager with hiring authority knows that selecting the "right" candidate for any position is a nerve-wracking task. Professional processes can help you screen, interview and review, but the final choice is often as much art as science. Author Martin Yate’s basic book can help inexperienced managers hire effectively, although this useful primer on interviewing and hiring is a little wordy. Yates provides great detail about key steps, such as when to schedule a phone interview, what to ask and how to conduct an interview. He even provides numerous sample questions for each major job category, from entry level to management. Is it a little too basic? Perhaps for some, but recommends it for new managers who are inexperienced at hiring. Although this book covers the fundamentals of hiring, it can’t guarantee that you’ll make the right choice every time. Then again, that book probably hasn’t been written.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What to look for in job candidates’ resumes
  • How to screen candidates
  • How to interview candidates
  • Which interview questions work best


Filling Open Positions
The first step in finding a new employee is describing the job. The description should include the ideal candidate’s skills, professional and educational experience, and the job’s benchmarks. Job descriptions are legally required in the US. The 1990 Americans with...
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About the Author

Martin Yate, C.P.C., is the author of the Knock ’em Dead series, which includes Knock ’em Dead Resumes and Knock ’em Dead Cover Letters. He has worked as a national training director and a personnel director for large corporations.

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