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Kate Kandefer

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How to create a careers page that shows devs what they’re missing out on

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

In the tech world, getting the attention of skilled talent is possibly the hardest part of your job. So when any kind of developer gets to your careers page, you need to make sure that the talent likes what they see. If they do, they will give you their details.

But LinkedIn research shows that only 25% of people visiting your careers page are actively looking for a job. Given this, your page needs to be pretty convincing. Your careers page is ultimately a sales page. If it isn’t selling your company adequately, no one is going to buy – or apply.

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How to give a technical interview: 7 technical interview tips

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

Technical interviews have long been a subject of vocal debate among developers. This has left recruiters searching for technical interview tips that work. In 2016, Sahat Yalkabov, currently working as the Senior Frontend Engineer at Bloomberg LP,  wrote a post called “F** You, I Quit, Hiring is Broken.” In this post, he described the technical hiring process as a humiliating and dehumanizing process.The truth is, he has a point.

Technical hiring is facing a huge problem. This can only be solved with the right approach to both technical screening and technical interviews. However, making a positive change requires the HR and IT departments to cooperate. We’ve gathered the best technical interview tips in this article for all parties involved in the process.  

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Top recruitment articles you simply MUST read

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment | No Comments

We’re always focused on helping talent acquisition professionals improve their technical hiring process and we try to spread the word as much as we can. In addition to our resources, we publish weekly high-quality technical recruitment articles on our blog. Here’s a roundup of the best ones. 

The best recruitment articles for tech recruiters

Our posts are research-based and packed full of tech recruitment data and industry insights. They help our readers improve their developer hiring results and simply recruit the best software developers they can possibly hire.

What we often see is that our customers and readers are interested in optimizing a given stage of the recruitment process. If you have issues with any of the stages of your tech hiring process, we’re here to give you a helping hand.  

Recruitment articles about sourcing

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[Cheat Sheet]: The Ultimate Recruitment KPIs to track your hiring success

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment | One Comment

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) allow businesses to evaluate and understand how well they are performing against their goals. They are used to measure a number of goals, including sales, marketing, financial performance, customer satisfaction, and most importantly, recruitment objectives. It’s essential for talent acquisition specialists to know and understand the most important recruitment KPIs which we’ve gathered in a cheat sheet which you can download at the end of this article. Read More

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Why a work sample test will identify the software developers you need to hire

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview | 5 Comments

Before it was easy to give a work sample test to anyone who fell into your tech recruitment funnel, the technical hiring process was a minefield. Even before I got into the industry, I remember hearing stories of the frustrations my friends and colleagues faced trying to navigate the technical interview process both as candidates and hiring managers.

Candidates were hit with barrages of irrelevant, time consuming, and dispiriting algorithmic tests and whiteboard interviews which heavily favored recent college grads and gave them no insight into the job. It was equally difficult for recruiters and hiring managers. They had very few effective methods to determine which of their dev candidates would go on to do great work for them. So they used what was available and had to put up with the variability of the results. But there is a better way.

The work sample test is a well-established idea in other fields, revolutionizing the hiring process but is now gaining traction in tech.

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Introducing Devskiller Tech Recruitment Certification Course

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

Tech Recruiters are faced with one of the biggest challenges in HR because they chase after the second hardest group to recruit globally (according to ManpowerGroup research). As a consequence, the degree of competition in tech recruitment is FIERCE.

That said, some tech recruiters operate with outdated methods or even worse, have no structure they follow and optimize. Others act like there’s still a surplus of talent in tech while there’s actually a scarcity of talent. Not only do these people fail miserably, but they also give good recruiters bad rep.

Moreover, in tech recruitment, there’s always room to grow. Even the best recruiters need to keep learning to stay on top of their game.

That’s why we’ve decided to take action and designed our educational course dedicated to tech recruitment. We want to give you a competitive advantage over your competitors so you can recruit the best developers out there. And everything is FREE, with the aim to participate in building a better Tech Recruitment market.

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

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment | One Comment

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

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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

10 steps to hire more women in tech

By | IT recruitment | 10 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 in tech remain underrepresented both in startups, SMEs, and corporations globally. In this post, we will 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 | 2 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 in the hiring 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.  

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50 recruitment stats HR pros must know in 2017

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 30 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 sourcing tools that help IT recruiters in sourcing technical talents

10 sourcing tools that help IT recruiters in sourcing technical talents

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 3 Comments

IT sourcing takes a huge chunk of a recruiter’s time. Of course, as a technical recruiter, you have your tips and tricks, proven methods and techniques that work. They are what help you find the most valuable technical talents. But believe me, in each field, there is always 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 | 7 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

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Types of programmers in 12 archetypes

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | 3 Comments

People who deal with code can be very peculiar. What do you think of when you hear the word “programmer”? Is it a strange but brilliant guy with no social skills? Of course, people like this exist, but you are also likely to meet other types of programmers as well. We had a crazy idea: take the twelve archetypes traditionally used in psychology as defined by Carl Gustav Jung and use them to define various types of programmers.

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

The 12 types of programmers

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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

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