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.
January 19, 2021
Software development is a team-based endeavor because of the complexity involved in launching a new system. Gone are the days when one developer can be point on the whole back-office software stack. It now takes multiple specialized roles to (appropriately) fulfill the software delivery lifecycle. A typical software project requires: Leadership Product management Project management […]
January 13, 2021
One definition of rot is the process of deterioration. Something that decays over time. By this standard – software rots like food in the Nebraska heat. It’s true. If your software isn’t regularly updated, it deteriorates and breaks down. Consider this – software is written to work at a moment in time…but time marches on. […]
January 4, 2021
OMAHA, NE, January 4, 2021 – In late 2020, Volano Solutions announced it has changed its name to Volano Software and launched a new website: www.volanosoftware.com. The name change was made to more accurately reflect what the company does, and the website was designed to be more informative and user-friendly to clients and prospective clients […]
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, […]