8 classic IT hiring mistakes and how to avoid them

FREE

Become An Insider

Sign up now and get free access to hundreds of Insider articles, guides, reviews, interviews, blogs, and other premium content from the best tech brands on the Internet: CIO, CITEworld, CSO, Computerworld, InfoWorld, ITworld and Network World. Learn more.

From writing dated, irrelevant job descriptions to accepting a less-than-ideal candidate because the work is piling up, classic hiring mistakes are just waiting to trip up managers

A poor hiring decision in IT can jeopardize budgets, the morale of other workers and the future of a company. From writing dated, irrelevant job descriptions to accepting a less-than-ideal candidate because the work is piling up, classic hiring mistakes are just waiting to trip up managers.

"I hated doing job descriptions and usually only made minimum effort to get them right," says Jim Smith, CEO of IT project consultancy Enterprise Management Group in Seattle. "Also, as I look back at my failings coming up the ranks, I made the mistake of promoting based on 'he's a good guy and I think he can do it.'"

[ Get expert networking how-to advice from InfoWorld's Networking Deep Dive PDF special report. | For the latest practical data center info and news, check out Paul Venezia's Deep End blog and InfoWorld's Data Center newsletter. ]

IT JOB SPOTTING: Top 20 metro areas for tech jobs

To continue reading, please begin the free registration process or sign in to your Insider account by entering your email address:
Join the discussion
Be the first to comment on this article. Our Commenting Policies