You can fill a job that’s open now, with the best person to do the job now. Or, you can fill it with the best person to work at the company that’s hiring, knowing that the employee may have moved internally to a different role in a few months or years anyhow.
Obed Louissaint is doing the latter — hiring for talent. He’s a vice president of human resources at IBM, working in the part of IBM that hires people for the Watson project.
Louissaint, who’s speaking and leading a discussion on this topic at ERE’s conference in October in Atlanta, talks in the four-minute video below about hiring people who have the “broad ingredients” IBM needs; hiring “push-the-envelope” thinkers; and a bit about the assessment and interview process.
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