What You Should Do

By Deborah Gage  |  Posted 2002-04-11 Print this article Print

The developer of software-troubleshooting tools takes all applicants for a grueling battery of interviews, classes and tests. More than 90% drop out; the survivors become star employees.

Finding Inexpensive Talent

Want to build your staff but don't have a big budget?

  1. Commit to an intensive training program and allow time for it to work
  2. Structure compensation so that success is rewarded handsomely and quickly
  3. Create a fair but strictly regimented workplace environment
  4. Make sure your trainees know at all times what is expected of them—and by when

Senior Writer
Based in Silicon Valley, Debbie was a founding member of Ziff Davis Media's Sm@rt Partner, where she developed investigative projects and wrote a column on start-ups. She has covered the high-tech industry since 1994 and has also worked for Minnesota Public Radio, covering state politics. She has written freelance op-ed pieces on public education for the San Jose Mercury News, and has also won several national awards for her work co-producing a documentary. She has a B.A. from Minnesota State University.


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