Article - Don't ask employees to be passionate about the company!
7 February 2007
There is an excellent article over at Creating Passionate Users, Don't ask employees to be passionate about the company! which examines the differences between people who have a passion for their employee and a passion for their work. I think I might involve the simple 4-question test into any interviews I do in the future as it is a good match to some of the questions I already ask ("Have you contributed any code or writings to the wider community").
When was the last time you read a trade/professional journal or book related to your work? (can substitute "attended an industry conference or took a course")
Name at least two of the key people in your field
If you had to, would you spend your own money to buy tools or other materials that would improve the quality of your work?
If you did not do this for work, would you still do it (or something related to it) as a hobby?
I've always been interested in recruiting team members with a passion for their trade, who are keen to learn and show their ability. Hopefully these questions will help me to achieve this in the future.
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