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.
- Confirmation Bias
- Halo Effect
- Hindsight Bias
- Poor Performer
- Design Question
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Based on evidence from studies of human and primate behavior. See Venkat Lakshminarayanan and Laurie R. Santos, “Evolved Irrationality? Equity and the Origins of Human Economic Behavior,” in Mind the Gap: Tracing the Origins of Human Universals, ed. Peter M. Kappeler and Joan Silk (Berlin: Springer, 2010).
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McCuller, P. (2012). Hiring Decisions. In: How to Recruit and Hire Great Software Engineers. Apress, Berkeley, CA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4302-4918-4_8
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