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Karolina Piwiec

The complete guide to interviewer bias - what is it and how to eliminate it

The complete guide to interviewer bias – what is it and how to eliminate it

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

A bad hire in tech can cost as much as $485,371.38. This is a cost few companies can afford. In many cases, bad hires can are the result of interviewer bias, inefficient screening methods, or a combination of these.

Are recruiters even aware of the phenomenon? As it turns out, they are. Based on LinkedIn data, 42%of recruiters believe interview bias is a problem of traditional interviews.

why traditional interviews fail for interviewer biasSource: LinkedIn

Hiring in IT is risky and time-consuming. Offers are only made after reviewing applications, technical screening, performing background and reference checks, phone screening, and a final interview. So here comes the surprise: according to a study by Schmidt and Hunter, the interview can predict only about 14% of the variability in employee performance. It seems that recruiters rely heavily on a process that is far from being perfect and one of the most significant factors that affect it is an interviewer bias.

In this guide to interviewer bias, we cover the following topics: Read More

Complete SQL developer salary data

Complete SQL developer salary data

By | Developer Salary, Developer Salary, Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment | No Comments

The job market and employment trends for software developers are constantly changing. However, as organizations around the world strive to become more data-driven, the demand for SQL developers is likely to continue to rise. That’s mostly because every app nowadays revolves around data. SQL is what most apps use to communicate with databases in order to manage all the information they contain. This will likely have an impact on the SQL developer salary. 

In this post, we will be addressing the following topics:

  • What is SQL?
  • An average SQL developer salary
  • An entry level SQL developer salary
  • Database developer salary

What is SQL?

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Complete full stack developer salary data Blog

Complete full stack developer salary data

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment | One Comment

Full stack development happens to be one of the best career prospects today. It comes with great growth opportunities and a decent full stack developer salary. But how much does a full stack developer earn and what does the salary depend on?

“Tech stack” refers to the combination of software products and programming languages. A full stack developer should possess a variety of skills, which often means handling databases, servers, systems engineering, and clients at the same time. Having such a wide range of expertise is quite appealing for employers since it means reducing the cost of employment while adding value to the organization.

To give you a full understanding of the subject, we’ve put together up-to-date, industry-specific data from reputable sources including PayScale, Indeed, Pearson Frank, and ZipRecruiter. Read More

Interview coding challenges in tech recruitment

How to use technical 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 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) do technical interviews 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