By Oleg Vishnepolsky – Re-Blogged From Linkedin
As a hiring manager, I learned:
There is a real person behind every resume and profile.
There’s a story behind every person. Don’t judge someone if you don’t know their story.
Some of my best employees have no degrees. Do not get me wrong, I value education. I just do not value decision making based on education levels.
I hired Joe. He had no degree. His parents did not have money to send him to a university. He stayed behind to work and put his younger sister through college.
He was the best project manager I ever known.
Hire people, not education levels.
A candidate did not answer any of my questions. Then, we turned the tables, and I could not answer any of his questions. I hired him, and he was one of the best employees ever.
She had no experience, just a university degree.
Nobody wanted to hire her.
She came to the interview prepared- she knew everything there was to know about our company, our products, and had several product suggestions.
I took a chance on her, and hired her. She started as a junior QA engineer. She then moved quickly to be a business analyst, and then to product management. Now she heads up product management at a major online company.
I saw something in her others did not see – attitude and aptitude.
Trust your intuition. Your hunches are based on experience and facts.