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Hadoop Jobs: How One Exec Vets Talent
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Re: Intrinsic skill
  • 4/30/2014 6:41:20 PM
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Agreed integrity and honesty go hand in hand, I would also add a good work ethic.

Re: Intrinsic skill
  • 4/30/2014 3:28:09 PM
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Another intrinsic trait is integrity. Hire someone without any, and you'll soon find there is no way to bridge the gap.

Re: Soft Skills
  • 4/30/2014 11:15:32 AM
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I guess it boils down to quick fix vs long term program.

Intrinsic skill
  • 4/30/2014 11:07:43 AM
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One of my first managers gave me similar counsel it's better to hire an individual that has good core skills and is a good personality match for an organization because those things can't be taught. If you start out with the right core employee type they are usually capable of picking up new skills on the job and in training. It's harder to train someone on how to fit in  with your culture.

Re: Soft Skills
  • 4/30/2014 11:03:22 AM
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It does seem that integrating all of human skills is a better mix than having a super knowlege and skill in one or two areas. The ability  to communicate and cooperate ultimately brings the best long term results. But I would guess firms that want a job or project done "quckly" may still go for the super Hadoop guy over the more "balanced" person.

Re: Soft Skills
  • 4/30/2014 10:24:31 AM
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I agree. Communications is the key and being able to work as a team. effective teamworks skills will bring much more in terms of results.

Re: Soft Skills
  • 4/30/2014 9:44:36 AM
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Most times, you need to be hiring for both technical and communication skills.  But there are exceptions to every rule (okay, most every rule.) 

A few employees do very well with almost only technical skills - they work well with machines and code and data. They're amazing. Like a 'horse-whisperer' who speaks Python. But they don't suffer fools well. And (they will tell you frankly) pretty much everyone else is a fool.

On the other hand, I would say, sometimes there is even room for a person with weak technical skills if they have exceptional ability in communications and interpersonal areas. Have your ever seen this? a social butterfly who earns their keep by talking with everyone else, building agreement about which ways to press forward, and bringing issues to light?

Focus on people
  • 4/30/2014 9:14:14 AM
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"Prioritize a person's potential over his past"

I agree with that philosophy as long as it helps make the appropriate balance between the essential technical skills and the complementatry soft skills. 

Re: Soft Skills
  • 4/30/2014 9:03:25 AM
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@PredictableChaos:

 

"Without an ability to communicate, technical skills are of limited value."


Agreed!

But should emphasis be put more on good communication skills or rather on technical skiils? You can't repport what you don't have, can you?

Soft Skills
  • 4/29/2014 5:09:14 PM
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In hiring, narrow experience is often overemphasized.

Without an ability to communicate, technical skills are of limited value.  How many people do we need that get along with machines really well?  A few, I'll grant; but it's good if the majority, at least, can also work well with other people.



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