How not to recruit, by @Bensign.
Adam Rifkin stashed this in Hiring
It would take A LOT for me to be convinced that life is good at Twitter.
Best ways to evaluate potential hires:
The upshot of this research is that work sample tests (e.g., seeing if people can actually do key elements of a job -- if a secretary can type or a programmer can write code), general mental ability (IQ and related tests), and structured interviews had the highest validity of all methods examined...
Other research-based tips:
Interesting fact -- Salespeople hired based on optimism alone outsold their more pessimistic counterparts by 57%: