July 26th, 2009

classic cylon

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In Technology Woman, Gayle Laakmann, founder of the interview-coaching site CareerCup, praises outsourcing, which has greatly aided her small businesses. It may come as a surprise to you that I'm not going to complain about this. Why? Because she's honest about why she's outsourcing – to save money. She can't afford to hire US workers, so she hires people from India and the Philippines. I wish the CEOs of some of her former employers would be as honest as she is about why they seek workers outside of the US.

Speaking of interviews, I've had some interesting experiences from the other side of the desk, interviewing candidates for a couple of positions. Without going into too much detail, I'll say that I do not see any substantial difference in abilities between those who were born (and educated) in the US and those who were not. Granted, I have a small sample, but until I see some substantial difference, I'll continue to insist that there is none. But I have learned a lot about interviewing from both perspectives over the past few years. Perhaps I should write a book about it.