Job: Software Developer 1 (Springville)

Tod Hansmann plug.org at todandlorna.com
Wed Oct 26 18:40:22 MDT 2011


On 10/26/2011 10:26 AM, Henry Paul wrote:
> I don't see how specifying students or interns would serve to
> limit it any further than that.
Actually, that's my point in a nutshell, you don't see it, and that 
doesn't necessarily mean what we think it means.  You don't specify what 
isn't an actual job requirement based on what you don't see.  The idea 
is that we do not know the circumstances people have in every regard, 
and making specifications with that in mind is not expanding your 
options, but can be limiting in ways we don't plan for.  It is a form of 
self-injuring arrogance, and one any business would do well to avoid.

Even the example of a recruiter asking for a job for less pay isn't 
going to do well by limiting the number of people he asks.  If he's not 
being rude about it, the worst they can do is say no and possibly rant 
somewhere about how insulting it was to be asked.  If he doesn't ask, he 
may miss a candidate that would be great for the job but fits outside 
the box the company has made for the position arbitrarily.

This might sound more like salesmanship than recruiting, but that's only 
because that is exactly what recruiting is.  A hire is a two-way sell.  
You sell your company, or you sell yourself, and self-limiting should 
only be done on actual requirements.  A student is not a requirement of 
the posting in question, for instance, but might be for an on-campus 
job.  Only one should specify "student" in its posting.

-Tod Hansmann


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