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Karolina Piwiec

Interview coding challenges in tech recruitment

How to use interview coding challenges to hire the best developers

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | No Comments

Interview coding challenges are a highly polarizing topic. The truth is, you could probably fill libraries with resources to help you master coding interview challenges. That said, what does it take for the employee to create an effective effective coding challenge scenario? 

Interview coding challenges aren’t inherently evil. They can help developers master the art of coding. From the recruiter’s point of view, they can help choose the right candidates. You have to be careful though because they’re a double-edged sword. If done right, they can help you identify the best candidates. If done wrong, however, they can turn your candidates into your enemies and possibly make a bad hiring decision.  Read More

whiteboard interview

The whiteboard interview alternative: how to (finally) assess coding skills right

By | IT recruitment, Technical Interview | No Comments

Technical interviews have long sparked outrage among software developers. They aim to assess engineering aptitude and predict future performance if hired for the job. This sounds pretty straightforward, right? Why is it then that so many tech companies, including tech giants, resort to interviewing methods developers truly hate? The whiteboard interview is by far the biggest offender. 

In this article, we look at the following topics:

  • What is a whiteboard interview and what is wrong with it?
  • What is the aim of the technical interview?
  • Do developers hate the idea of being tested? Insights from our study
  • 73% of developers take a coding test sent by the recruiter
  • 91.9% of developers who start taking the test finish it
  • Whiteboard interview alternative a.k.a. how to structure your technical recruitment process
  • Spartez technical recruitment: structure
  • The whiteboard interview: conclusion

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Devskiller technical screening report

The Devskiller Global Technical Hiring & Skills Report 2019 is here!

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends, Technical Interview | No Comments

What is the current state of technical screening? How many companies are looking for a JavaScript developer? How are tech stacks typically bundled together and how does that affect the technical hiring industry?

These are all relevant IT recruitment questions which are often answered based on gut feeling. 

The good news, we now have the data to answer them. We do so in our latest technical screening report. 

Ladies and gentlemen, we proudly present the Devskiller Global Technical Hiring & Skills Report 2019

What’s in our technical screening report? 

Our technical screening report is packed full of developer hiring information, technical skills data, and geographical insights. It is based on data gathered from testing 112,654 developers from 120+ countries within a 365-day time span.  Read More

10 hiring experts forecast key 2019 trends in HR

10 hiring experts forecast key 2019 trends in HR

By | Expert Interview, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Tech trends | No Comments

2019 is here and it’s time to take a look at the key hiring trends in HR which will impact recruitment. To help you grasp the most important ones, we’ve reached out to key hiring experts, including Ryan Leary, Sean Fahey, Rita Mendes, Thomas Eymond-Daru, Cynthia Cohen-Tordjman, Dorota Piotrowska, Jonatan Rugarn, Luke McGinn, and Tom Winter.

We’ve asked our experts the following question: 

“What are the key trends in HR to impact 2019?”

Without further ado, here’s what they believe is going to happen.  Read More

human resources statistics 2019

70+ Human Resources statistics to guide your tech hiring in 2019

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, tech trends | One Comment

2019 is around the corner and it’s time for us to take a look at all the most recent tech recruitment research. To help you make the best hiring decisions throughout 2019, we’re giving you 70+ human resources statistics. The data gathered here can give you a good snapshot of the state of hiring at the end of 2018. 

We’ve gone through volumes of research by industry leaders including Stack Overflow, The Bureau of Labor Statistics, LinkedIn, Deloitte, ManpowerGroup, Glassdoor, Gallup, Jobvite, iCIMS Inc., NFIB, Sentier Research, USA Today, PayScale, and Thomson Reuters.

Without further ado, let’s dive right into the Human Resources statistics for 2019!

Human Resources statistics for 2019

Talent shortage human resources statistics

1. 67% of recruiters see the lack of skilled and high-quality candidates as the biggest challenge in hiring. (Jobvite) Read More

AI in HR How to hire great developers with the AI Benchmarking Engine

AI in HR: How to hire great developers with the AI Benchmarking Engine

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview | One Comment

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning are transforming the talent acquisition game. AI-powered solutions can improve a whole range of processes. The technical recruitment process is no exception.

The best part?

AI in HR can give you great results.

This article will explain how AI can help you get better hiring results (AI Benchmarking Engine for the win, but more on that later!). Read More

Pre-employment testing the all in one guide

Pre-employment testing: the all in one guide

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

Pre-employment testing is a standardized and objective way of collecting candidate data in the hiring process. The purpose of pre-employment testing is to verify the skills, capabilities, and personality traits of prospective employees.

In this article, we’re covering:

  • the benefits of various pre-employment testing methods
  • types of pre-employment testing
  • the best pre-employment screening methodology for tech candidates: RealLifeTesting™
  • actionable tips for designing an efficient pre-employment testing procedure

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second interview questions

12 powerful second interview questions to ask your candidates

By | Human Resources, Technical Interview | One Comment

Once candidates pass the screening and the first interview stage, they often get invited to the second interview. The second interview is used to either assess company fit in a second soft skills interview or verify technical skills through a technical interview. The choice of second interview questions you can ask your candidates depends on which of these purposes you want the interview to serve. 

By the end of this post, you’ll know: 

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phone interview questions

Phone interview questions: the complete list

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 2 Comments

Candidates tend to look similar on paper, but it’s possible to identify the ones who really matter with the help of screening. There are two main ways to screen candidates in IT: through technical screening and phone interviews. Both of these methods verify different skills, but when combined, they are a highly efficient way of pre-selecting people who should be invited to the on-site interviews. The more precise you are in your technical screening, the more you reduce your candidate pool without sacrificing the final Quality of Hire. That’s a win for everyone because, a) you’re not wasting time on non-viable candidates, and b) non-viable candidates don’t waste their time talking to you.  Without a doubt, the right phone interview questions can help you achieve your recruitment goals. Here’s the list of the best ones. Read More

technical recruiter salary

Complete technical recruiter salary data

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

A technical recruiter salary depends on a number of factors, including the level of expertise, location, possessed skills, and others. If you want to check whether you’re being paid fairly, need to prepare yourself for a job interview for the role we’re discussing here, or consider becoming a technical recruiter, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together industry-specific data to give you a full understanding of the subject, so you don’t need to look any further.

In this post, we will be addressing the following topics

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conducting an interview 7 steps

Conducting an interview in tech: the 7 steps you need to take

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | One Comment

Conducting an interview can be tricky when it comes to tech, mainly because many tech recruiters don’t possess the exact set of skills and expertise typical of the position they’re trying to fill. As a consequence, some HR professionals approach interviews with a high level of awkwardness, and in some cases, even anxiety. Let’s just say, the developers are not impressed. In fact, the word “interview” comes second on Stack Overflow‘s list of words used to describe the annoying part of job searching, and first on the list of words used to describe its exhausting part. Read More

5 recruitment metrics that will transform the way you hire

5 recruitment metrics that will transform the way you hire

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

To be a successful tech recruiter, you need to make your hiring data-driven. To recruit the best software developers, you need to make informed decisions and stay away from the gut feeling as much as possible. Luckily, your rescue comes in the shape of recruitment metrics which allow you to objectively evaluate whether your talent acquisition strategy is efficient or not. They also give you the ability to streamline it wherever necessary.

In this article, we look at the 5 top recruitment metrics:

  • Source of Hire
  • Time to Hire
  • Applicants per Hire
  • Employee Net Promoter Score (eNPS) 
  • Offer Acceptance Rate

These recruitment metrics were selected based on Jibe’s study. You can find more information on some of the recruitment metrics listed by Jibe which we’ve already discussed in our previous articles: Cost per Hire, Candidate Experience, and Quality of Hire. Read More

The seven deadly tech recruitment sins

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | No Comments

In the ideal world, your tech talent pipeline is full of candidates and when you select one and tell them you’re interested, they’re game. Once you make an offer, they gladly say yes.  Fast forward a couple of days, they sign the employment contract and you live happily ever after. In reality, you have to spend hours sourcing, personalizing and generally need to bend over backwards to get your message across. With the high competition for software developers these days, it takes a considerable amount of time and effort to lure a candidate to join your company. In other words, the recruitment process in IT is rife with challenges, even to seasoned recruiters, not to mention those guilty of some of the biggest tech recruitment sins.  Read More

GDPR recruitment

[INFOGRAPHIC]: 2018 GDPR recruitment implications – get ready!

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, Infographic, IT recruitment | 2 Comments

As of 25 May 2018, companies who collect personal data of EU residents have to become compliant with the GDPR (the General Data Protection Regulation). The 2018 GDPR recruitment implications are manifold and they involve giving individuals more control over their personal data, as well as simplifying the data protection environment.

HR and recruitment professionals rely heavily on personal data which they collect and store. In fact, decisions made throughout the recruitment process are based on personal information such as education or professional experience.  What is more, the EU GDPR places the burden of compliance on the organization collecting and/or storing the data. For that reason, it’s in their hands to ensure compliance before the deadline arrives. 

We’ve put together data on the effect the 2018 GDPR will have on recruitment and presented it in a handy infographic you can find below. Let’s get started! Read More

how to become a recruiter in tech best 2018 HR articles and resources from Devskiller

How to become a recruiter in tech: 7 simple steps

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | One Comment

How to become a recruiter and how can you improve your hiring skills if you’re already an active recruiter? There are a number of things you can do to be more successful in HR, regardless of your level of advancement. In this post, we show you how to become a recruiter in tech, as well as improve your skills as a professional tech recruiter. We also present you with actionable tips which are easy to implement so you can get started right away.

How to become a recruiter and what is the typical salary?

Although the string of decisions which leads to becoming a recruiter is not identical for everyone, in most cases it starts with the right education (this topic is covered in detail below in section 1). Read More

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