I am facing a problem with some engineers and I want to know if is possible to detect some characteristics during the interviews or through some test.
In my company (a software house), we are hiring software engineers. We have some tests, mostly about programming skills and we are introducing some assessment tests too.
I have detected that some engineers require too much effort to manage them. The following can be a kind of characterization:
- The engineer doesn't follow all the required instructions written down in a procedures document (even short ones)
- The engineer needs to be frequently asked if they follow the steps that some issue requires (like creating a profile following instructions)
- There is a public channel where the team post important links to follow and news, and this kind of engineer tend to not read and follow links to important issues, even for themselves.
- Even if the manager of these engineers is not a micromanager, he/she seems to be forced to micromanage them, if not, the tasks are not accomplished.
So the issue is:
- How to detect during the recruitment steps, that you are dealing with this kind of engineer?
- How to detected that the engineer requires some kind of micromanagement (to avoid it in fact).
- Is there any kind of test that can detect some tendency of this in advance?
As Project Manager, I am looking for engineers that are self-organized, that you don't need to push them all the time.