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Global giants like McDonald's and BMW once seemed invincible. But now, under increasing pressure to stay relevant and ward off competition in the digital age, legacy brands are looking to Silicon Valley for inspiration. As Atif Rafiq, McDonald's former chief technology officer, said in a recent interview, “We think, ‘How would Google do this? How would Amazon do this?’ ”
In a wide-ranging interview that appeared in The New York Times, Lazlo Bock, Google’s former Senior Vice President for People Operations, praised behavioral interviewing, panned brainteaser questions, and noted that academic accomplishments don't always translate into success.
Here are just three of the several approaches used by technical experts at our client companies to assess technical competence.
What separates top performers from average performers in engineering jobs?
According to a study at Cornell University, interviewers should be aware that people who lack certain skills may be more confident of their abilities than highly skilled people.
If there is strong competition to fill technical positions, you may be required to sell candidates on your organization before you interview and evaluate them.
What could Thomas Edison, who was known as the "world's greatest inventor" a century ago, have in common with today's top software engineers? Quite a lot as we recently discovered.