Volano recently hired two software developers whom you’ll read about later this week. We are also hiring our first office admin person. The process of finding and screening good candidates has been educational and cause for some reflection. Finding people whose skills line up with the prerequisites of the job is one thing but identifying the intangibles is quite another. You’re not only trying to find a good employee, you want to find one that will take the position and re-define the role, raise the expectation level and help elevate the culture and production around them. No role is immune from these opportunities but a bad hiring decision can have the opposite effect on morale, production and culture.
I got to thinking of a few professional attributes that are harder to represent or quantify on a resume but have equal if not greater importance.
Candidates that possess these skills empower employers to utilize them in multiple roles and capacities. Subsequently, these types of employees make themselves hard to get rid of when budgets tighten up. For employers, the key to unearthing these qualities in an interview is by asking for specific examples that demonstrate these attributes and by checking references. Good candidates have people who love to sing their praises. Candidates should avoid clichés and platitudes. Assume that every job candidate competing for that role will say they are a hard worker, fast learner and love working with people. Specifics sell. Chances are, you’ve got a lot of stories that exemplify these traits.
June 2, 2020
According to LinkedIn technology (software) has a higher overall turnover rate than retail. With that, it isn’t a matter of if, but a matter of when. Volano has engineered a culture of “by developers, for developers” and this helps our retention. In fact, most of the folks that work at Volano have been here +5 […]
June 2, 2020
It is hard enough to build a successful business, and few want to invest time and resources into worrying about an Intellectual Property Assignment. But alas, you must do your homework. Fortunately, we make it easy for Volano customers. When asked – “Who owns the software and IP for my project?” – it is an […]
May 28, 2020
Many of us remember the grade school game Telephone. It was funny to see how a simple message would get garbled as it was passed along from person to person. But it’s not as funny when that message is a critical business requirement that will be turned into software that will power your business. Yet, […]
May 28, 2020
Volano’s first interaction with a potential client is about answering questions and evaluating alignment. The big question is obvious – “what’s this gonna cost?” Well, good news/bad news – Good news – we’ve built hundreds of software systems so we can give you a ‘round’ budgetary estimate in our first meeting. Bad news – we […]
January 3, 2019
Are you really ready for Digital Transformation? Many corporations see this simply as going paperless, but it is much more than that. It is also more than looking only at technology for solutions. Digital transformation is transformation of business and its organizational activities, processes, competencies and models to fully leverage the changes and opportunities of […]
November 21, 2018
Mobile Apps for your field-based teams can improve productivity and enhance efficiencies in your business operations. Here are a few mobile app benefits: Location Tracking You need to track the location of your field-based teams. Using the location tracking features of a smartphone or other device in your mobile app has a few different benefits. […]