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Kate Kandefer

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Use programming contests as an efficient way to attract and engage developers

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

Developers are in increasing demand, a fact that doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon. This means that the higher the demand for top tech talent, the more efficient you need to be with your sourcing in order to attract the best coding talent. One of the best ways to do this is to organize a programming contest. If done right, it can be a great way to attract devs to your conference and pick up qualified candidates to funnel into your recruiting strategy. Read More

A sneak peak of ‘Secure by Design’ with authors Daniel Sawano and Daniel Deogun, here on the Yellow Duck podcast

By | Podcast | No Comments

Security breaches and systems being hacked is something that we hear about almost every day. Despite all the literature and expert advice on security, it still happens. Something is clearly not working, right? That’s where Daniel Deogun and Daniel Sawano step in. So if you are interested in software security subject you should definitely listen to this podcast. Read More

10 steps to hire more women in tech

By | IT recruitment | 4 Comments

As Sundar Pichai, Google’s CEO says, “A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.” That’s especially significant in tech companies who aim to drive innovation.That said, women remain underrepresented in tech positions both in startups, SMEs and corporations globally. In this post, we present the 10 steps you need to take to hire more women in tech. Read More

Candidate-centric approach to hiring: 10 lessons from Jill Macri (Airbnb)

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

In his fictional letter, author & entrepreneur Bryan Adams discusses his tumultuous relationship with recruitment industry. The poignant letter focuses on the importance of filling open racks at the speed of light with a simultaneous lack of respect for candidates involved in the process. Here’s what he has to say:

“We always said we’d put the candidates first. (…). I’m not completely blaming you, I know you’re under a tremendous amount of pressure at work. I know you’ve got to deal with explaining a high attrition rate as well as filling a sudden spike of vacancies right now (…). Last week you even completely ignored me for two days just because I suggested that you should call the candidates with some meaningful feedback – It would have meant so much.”

Sadly, Adams is speaking the minds of many recruiters and even more applicants. Read More

How to design a fully functional hiring process in IT

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

According to Global HR Research,“66% of companies make a bad hiring decision each year”. 

That’s right. 66 out of 100 companies looking for people to join them make a mistake somewhere along the recruitment process.

As Les McKeown, CEO of Predictable Success argues in a remarkable post How to Hire Great People – Every Time, “the success of your business is in the hands of your people. They take hundreds – probably thousands – of individual actions on your behalf every day, and if the sum total of all those actions is a net positive, you win. If the overall result is a net negative, you lose.“ In other words, bad hiring affects your organizational outcomes, big time.  

Sounds pretty straightforward, right? Read More

50 recruitment stats HR pros must know in 2017

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

With a new year typically comes a desire to improve ourselves at what we do, and HR is no exception. However, learning takes time and it’s no secret that recruiters are busy people. In order to save you time, we’ve compiled a list of top 50 recruitment statistics HR pros must know in 2017, based on research by The Bureau of Labor Statistics, Harvard Business Review, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, Deloitte, MRINetwork, Jobvite, Capterra, Edelman Trust Barometer, NFIB, Future Workplace, Career Arc, PayScale, and Society for Human Resources Management. Read More

10 tools that help IT recruiters in sourcing technical talents

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 2 Comments

IT sourcing takes a great deal of recruiter’s time. Of course as a technical recruiter you have your tips and tricks, proven methods and techniques that work and let you find the most valuable tech talents. But believe me, in each field, there is always a room for improvement. That’s why we looked for sourcing tools that can improve your recruitment process. Read More

45 behavioral questions to use during non-technical interview with developers

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 2 Comments

You only have up to 1 hour to get to know your candidate during the interview. Not much. You probably want to hire programmers who are flexible, adapt quickly in fast-changing environment and, above all, perform well under tight deadlines. Therefore, assessing soft skills, next to verifying programming skills, prove to be crucial as they can to a great extent influence delivering results. How to assess programmer in a right way? Read More

Types of programmers in 12 archetypes

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 2 Comments

People who deal with code can be very peculiar. What do you think of when you hear the word `programmer`? A strange but genius guy with no social skills? I can assure you that there are such people, but you are likely to meet also other types.

We had a crazy idea to try to use 12 archetypes (normally used in psychology) that were defined by Carl Gustav Jung in order to define different types of programmers.

Here’s what we came up with. Which of these guys have you on your team?

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How To Hire a Programmer (Even If You Don’t Know Coding)

By | Recruiting Tips | 3 Comments

You need a programmer to turn your idea into reality. You know what the application, website, online service should look like and how it’s supposed to work, but you don’t have an idea how to actually make it happen. Perhaps you’ve hired a programmer who doesn’t perform well, and you don’t know why? We admit it’s hard to find a developer who meets your expectations and perfectly addresses your needs. Read More