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Three Tactics for Hiring Customer-Centric Engineers

Look for traits and behaviors that reveal the presence of customer-centric DNA  By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Engineers are renowned for their ability to solve problems and manage details, but they aren’t typically known for their customer service skills. Frankly, finding customer-centric contract professionals is so difficult that engineering managers often employ product managers or other go-betweens… Read more »

The Need for Speed

Jump start the selection process to overcome a shortage of contract engineers By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman “Time kills deals” should be the mantra of managers and human resource leaders who need to keep agile competitors from cornering the market for highly qualified contract engineering professionals. Recent news reports confirm that pending retirements and a lack of… Read more »

Ten Engineering Recruitment Interview Questions to Avoid and What to Ask Instead

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Managers performing engineering recruitment need to evaluate a contract engineer’s commitment and work ethic in addition to their engineering skills. However, they often ask illegal questions to uncover relevant information. Unless each probe is carefully worded, it may violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 or a slew of… Read more »

What Microsoft’s Worker Misclassification Suit Tells Us About the Future of Contingent Workers

By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman It was the shot heard ’round the employment world back in 1999, when the U.S. District Court ruled that Microsoft’s  long-term contractors were entitled to participate in the company’s tax-qualified employee stock purchase plan. While some companies responded by capping the length of contract assignments and scrutinizing the status of independent workers,… Read more »

Trends: Four Priorities for Engineering Hiring Managers

Growing reliance on flexible workers requires new strategies By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Were the first contractors the American builders and engineers who traveled to Russia to help rebuild the country after the Russian Revolution? By accepting 6 to 12 month assignments and offering their talents on a freelance basis, those early trendsetters may have unknowingly launched the… Read more »

Six Steps to Jump Start Contractor Productivity

Effective assimilation helps contractors make an immediate impact on projects By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Even veteran contractors can feel a bit uncomfortable and apprehensive when starting a new project. After all, jumping into the middle of an engineering venture and bonding with a diverse group of unfamiliar teammates is like trying to board a moving freight… Read more »

Six Tips for a Smooth Start for Your Contract Engineers

Help contractors make a smooth transition by giving them ample information before an assignment By: Leslie Stevens-Huffman Finding and securing the right contractor for your project is only part of the battle. Next you want to ensure that you’re creating the best possible environment for your contractor to thrive.  Starting on a new project can… Read more »

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