Have you interviewed and hired someone only to have it not work out soon after? How to find the best employees in tech today is a subject best answered by our guest, Casey Kleindienst.
Casey is a Management Professor at Cal State Fullerton and a consultant to small and medium enterprises. Prior to these positions he worked in the private industry for over three decades in roles like Vice President of Operations and Director of Supply Chain Systems. Throughout his career he’s gained insight into many practices, including how to find the best employees in tech. Join us to hear those insights on today’s edition of CTO Studio.
In this episode, you’ll hear:
- What two things are trying to be accomplished in any interview?
- What are the two more important variables when a candidate is being considered?
- Why hiring resumes doesn’t work, and what does.
- 70% of all jobs come from where?
- Can you teach character traits like work ethic?
- And so much more!
Casey first got into education when he retired from 35 years of private industry practice. He was invited to join Cal State Fullerton and teach the courses related to his career. Once he understood the process of teaching he stepped back and saw there were students who were graduating but then floundering after that. He didn’t see where graduation led to any kind of professional next step.
But he could see there was a big need in the working world for high-qualified high-potential students and they’ll be grabbed up – all that needed to be done was to figure out how to put those students in front of the right people who would need and want those students in their organizations.
Casey was unhappy that there wasn’t a natural progression and it took him 9 years to figure out what to do but he always knew they could make something happen to connect those students with the right people and organizations. His first step was to form a student club.
This student club gave him a vehicle with which to talk to other students. The student club wasn’t formed with 20 people showing up one day, it started with one person who had overheard Casey talking about the need for a student club. This student wanted to help start it with Casey and Casey agreed, appointing this student the president of the club.
This student recruited 4 or 5 other officers and together they all created a calendar of events, and started having meetings. They started contacting companies and developed tours of the companies for the club members. Plant tours is one of the reliable means for people who are hiring to evaluate students from the informal time spent together. So the club was making matches through plant tours, and then word got out that the club was getting jobs for members and more students started joining the club. It gained traction and continues to grow today.