Finding the right fit
Mis-hires are bad for everyone
• Candidate ends up unhappy and may find
himself looking for a new position.
• Employer loses a lot of money - it has been
estimated 3 times the salary of the position
• Causes of mis-hires
– Bad cultural fit (90%)
– Wrong skills
Finding a Good Fit
• Finding a company with the same mission,
vision, purpose and core values(culture) is
• Skills can be learned, but if you don’t agree
with the culture of the company, you will be
unhappy in the job.
• Never take a job “because I need the
money” (unless you REALLY do need the money).
How do you fit the job?
• Do you have the right skills?
• Are you a cultural fit? (interviews)
Determining if the job is right for
• Why do you want this job?
• How do you fit this job?
• How will you grow with this job?
• Will this job go where you want to be?
My Hiring Criteria
• Skills and Training
– Specific skills
– Verbal and writing skills
– Will this person work well within the company/team
• Past History
– Employment history
How to get an interview
• Low probability - send a resume with a
cover letter saying you are the best
• Respond to an ad - better - resume should
match the job
• Have yourself recommended by your
mentor or colleague - best
• Never, ever, ever lie! Despite what you hear on
the news, companies put very high value on
honesty and integrity
• Edit your resume to match the job - research the
company and emphasize the matches
• Don’t be obtuse
• Don’t claim to be a Renaissance Man
– Example: Computer skills - Java, C, C++, Perl, Ruby,
Tcl/Tk, FORTRAN, csh, bash, Windows, LINUX,
• Don’t talk too much
• Don’t overdress
– On the West Coast ties aren’t needed
• Don’t underdress
– On the East Coast you’d better wear a tie.
• You will interview with a number of people -
don’t assume you know who the key decision
maker is (clue - it is not the CEO and it is not the