As for my thoughts on the hiring process...
I was just thinking how silly it is to have a typical interview process for new hires, especially in the graphic design field. Graphic design seems to be a "field"* that people put their all and their souls into and one that actually is projected in visual, concrete form. Hence the idiom, "written in stone". So it seems that to fully know you think a person is better for the position than anyone else that you interview is to really and truly try and get to know them on a real level. To me, interviews are nothing but standardized tests for the job world. I never do well on those things because my mind does not process things in such a standardized way. Tests like that always intimidate me because I am put on the spot and quizzed...just doesn't seem natural. Feels more like interrogation before being sentenced to prison. Not something that would make me happy at all. I always freeze up when I am interrogated and it makes me seem like I am "guilty" (in this instance meaning, like I don't know my stuff.) When in fact, if I were taken out for drinks or actually just sitting there having a conversation with real people about design, not under any spotlight, people would see exactly who I am and why I would be good for the position. I think you can get a lot more out of a person if you don't grill them, quiz them or the like. Get on a real, personal, human (non-robotic) level (maybe this really means on multiple levels) and connect.
Those were my thoughts. yep yep. 1.2.3...post.
*most of the time, when I place things in quotes, I do that because I realize there is a better or more elegant and sophisticated way to say things or more appropriate words to use but can't seem to think of them at the moment.