5 Cs of Hiring

Paul Allen talks about a speech by Alan Hall regarding the 5 C’s of Hiring. I totally agree with the list and looking back now, I’d like to think that I was hired because the management team viewed some of those Cs in me. If not, at the very least I now have a benchmark of what to strive toward in areas that may be slightly lacking. With the recent performance development system that’s been implemented by our human resources department it would be excellent too if this list was integrated into the overall grading or evaluation of an employee.

As obtained from definitions on Dictionary.com the 5cs are:

– Competence
A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.

– Capability
A talent or ability that has potential for development or use.

– Compatibility
Capable of existing or performing in harmonious, agreeable, or congenial combination with another or others

– Character
Moral or ethical strength

– Commitment
The state of being bound emotionally or intellectually to a course of action

How do you rank on these Cs?


While using Hotmail earlier this morning I was wondering what Hotmail would have become had Sabeer Bhatia not sold the company to Microsoft. For example, would Hotmail have offered some of the features that Google and Yahoo Mail now vaunt many years earlier?

Either way, from the success of Hotmail to the failure of Arzoo, Sabeer is trying to return to the technology arena with a new product called InstaColl – an application that offers INSTAnt COLLaboration. I’m yet to try the product and being a user of both Webex and Groove1, I am not sure how Sabeer will be able to differentiate the product and yet still be able to market and attract clients. For now however, the product is available for free and perhaps this incentive will be the jump start InstaColl needs to enter the marketplace.

1Groove was recently acquired by Microsoft and the founder, Ray Ozzie, is now a Chief Technical Officer with Microsoft.