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Lewis Stowe

StepStone Services' best ever hackathon ideas for recruitment

How StepStone Services came up with of the best ever hackathon ideas for recruitment

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

There are few things that developers like more than hackathons and coming up with hackathon ideas. It’s an opportunity for them to flex their proverbial muscles and do something really creative. Holding a hackathon can be a great way of promoting blue sky thinking on your tech team and generally engendering a pro developer environment at your company. Since these results align with the mission of HR departments to encourage loyalty and productivity among the company’s workforce, hackathons are a no brainer. 

In this article, we’ll be covering the following topics:

  • What is a hackathon
  • HR-focused hackathons
  • How StepStone Services improved its tech hiring with a hackathon project
  • StepStone Services’ 12 step approach to holding a coding test hackathon
  • Lessons StepStone Services learned about holding a coding test hackathon
  • Why developers loved thinking up and developing coding tests
  • Advice and takeaways you can use to hold your own coding test hackathon

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Front-end developer job description template

Front-end developer job description template

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What is front-end development and what does a front-end developer do? We have all the answers in this front-end developer job description template.

Front-end development means creating components and features that are directly accessed by a user through the front-end of a website. Front-end developers create everything on a website that users see, touch, click, and use. They focus on the visual layout, user interface/interaction, and user experience. In their work, they create the buttons, images, links, and pages that all need to function efficiently, accurately, and quickly in order for the user to carry out a particular task.

Below you can find a front-end developer job description template. This template includes examples of the responsibilities and skills which are typical for such a position. Of course, this template is just a basic starting-point – we strongly recommend that you customize the template so that it fits the exact job which you wish to fill. Please note that, in line with good practice, this front-end developer job description template shows you one way of describing the person you’re searching for, starting from more general requirements, leading up to more specific requirements, and finishing with any optional extra skills or experience.

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The Workable ATS tech recruitment workflow for hiring developers

The Workable ATS tech recruitment workflow for hiring developers

By | IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips | No Comments

Workable is one of the most powerful ATS systems out there and is a particularly useful tool for tech recruitment. When recruiting developers, it’s incredibly important to keep track of your candidates. With as many as 20 people applying for each software development position, a simple spreadsheet won’t scale. But luckily, there is a useful Workable ATS tech recruitment workflow that you can use for hiring developers which will allow you to focus more time on the areas that recruiters are uniquely qualified for. Using Workable and the integrations that it offers, you can automate repetitive tasks. This will allow you to spend more one-on-one time with candidates to see if they are a good cultural fit for the company.

This article will cover the steps of a tech recruitment workflow for hiring developers and how this workflow can be streamlined in Workable. These steps include:

  • Post your ad to job sites
  • Integrate with Devskiller
  • Invite candidates to tests
  • Check your stages
  • Get test summaries
  • Invite candidates for interviews

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ISO 27001 at Devskiller will speed up your procurement process

ISO 27001 at Devskiller will speed up your procurement process

By | Changelog

Devskiller has always had a major commitment to security. Our system was built by software professionals who understood that security is not simply a skin that you put over a system. Instead, it’s a state of mind, a way of designing systems that needs to be implemented from the ground up. With our new ISO 27001 certification, our customers can now easily verify what we’ve been doing since the beginning, providing a secure system for their data.

What is ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is an internationally recognized and standardized specification for an information security management system. It was created to “provide a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining and improving an information security management system.”

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Complete JavaScript developer salary data

Complete JavaScript developer salary data

By | Developer Salary

JavaScript, alongside HTML and CSS, is one of the three main languages used for web development. HTML is responsible for the structure of web pages in the browser and CSS for style, but JavaScript provides interactivity. JavaScript is supported by all modern web browsers and employed by the majority of websites. It is simply the language of the web. No wonder that according to Stack Overflow’s 2019 report, JavaScript remains the most commonly used programming language for the sixth year in a row. You had better believe that this massive popularity affects an average JavaScript developer salary. What is more, our own data suggests that 70% of companies globally want to hire a JavaScript developer

The reasons behind the rise of JavaScript are not obvious to everyone. It was created by Netscape over ten days (!) as a lightweight scripting language for easier programming. The goal wasn’t to make it a standard language of the web, but this eventually happened. In fact, it is one of the only languages that run in the browser and pretty much everyone who wants to be a front-end developer has to know JavaScript.

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Devskiller platform update – what is new #August2019

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #August2019

By | Changelog

A lot has happened this spring and summer.  Game of Thrones ended and since winter is no longer coming, it got really hot everywhere. Thanks to some blue-sky thinking and powerful air conditioning, some big changes have happened at Devskiller. These will have a lasting impact on our customers so let’s jump right in.

Platform update: Devskiller now runs on Google Cloud

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7 step formula to hire top tech talent

[Video]7 step formula to hire top tech talent

By | Recruiting Tips, Uncategorized, Video

Hiring the right software developers is hugely important. It requires a large investment (up to $31,970) to get the right person. If you get it wrong, you could be looking at a loss of almost a half million dollars in the worst cases. So every professional and engaged tech recruiter worth their salt is constantly working to build a process that is both efficient and effective.

Hire the right tech talent

But it doesn’t have to be that hard. In this video, we explain our proven 7 step formula for hiring the right tech talent. Find out why you should,

  1. Start sourcing creatively, focusing on quality over quantity
  2. Start using an automated technical screening platform
  3. Run online coding interviews
  4. Make timely and fair job offers
  5. Make your recruitment team more technically aware
  6. Eliminate unconscious bias
  7. Nurture your candidates

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17 interviewing tips for interviewers

17 interviewing tips for interviewers

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

The modern job interview, as old as it is, hasn’t changed much considering modern technological advances. Some actionable interviewing tips for interviewers are just the thing to bring your process up to date.

Nowadays, the interview itself can happen between two people on opposite sides of the planet, but the dynamics and process stay the same. Modern recruitment interviews are now more planned and calculated. With the mounting costs of a bad hire on the line, interviews now need to be consistent and reliable. 

So whether you’d like to bring your interview techniques up to speed or create a new interview process from scratch, you’re in the right place. 

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Python Developer salary data

Complete Python developer salary data

By | Developer Salary

As Python’s popularity is on the rise, it might be high time to become familiar with both the job responsibilities and average Python developer salary in the US.

A Python developer is usually responsible for writing server-side web application logic. This also includes the development of back-end components, connecting the application with other third-party web services, and supporting the front-end developers by integrating their work with the Python application. Speaking of Python, it’s also worth mentioning Django (an advanced open-source framework written in Python), which many software developers choose to specialize in.

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Complete Java developer salary data

Complete Java developer salary data

By | Developer Salary

The need for Java developers is on the rise. Java continues to be the most or one the most popular programming languages. It is a leader in mobile platforms (Android applications are built with Java) and there is a shortage of engineers with Java coding skills. All of that affects the job market and the average Java developer salary. Let us take a closer look at what Java developers do and why there is such a demand for their expertise.

What is a Java develoepr responsible for?

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Devskiller platform update – what is new? #April2019

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #April2019

By | Changelog

When you love your work, your work is never done and at Devskiller we love our work. Winter is no time to sleep. Our customers certainly don’t so why should we? Instead, we’ve been looking for new features to add to our platform as well as making sure things just run better. This is all in our new platform update.

Devskiller platform update April 2019

Here are some of the most important things that we’ve added since our last update.

We’ve updated our tasks to make sure they run on the most recent versions of the technology they test

There’s no use in seeing if a developer can use an old version of a technology when they’re going to be using the most recent version at work. New updates can be very different from the older versions of the technology they replace. We understand this so, in addition to putting out new tasks, we now support the most recent versions of that technology in addition to the legacy versions. Read More

Slack hacks for hiring developers

Why you should use Slack hacks to hire developers

By | Coding Test, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

If you work in an office, there’s a good chance that you use Slack. It’s an incredible tool for collaboration. It will come as no surprise then that there are a few key Slack hacks that can speed up tech recruitment. In this post, you’ll find out some fantastic Slack hacks you can use to do a lot more in the same workflow that you already use. If you don’t already use Slack for tech recruitment, there are some good reasons why you should. Read More

What is the newest source of tech workers for US companies and what does that mean for US tech workers

What is the newest source of tech workers for US companies and what does that mean for US tech workers?

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, tech trends

The demand for tech workers is huge all over the world and no more so than in the United States. According to some estimations, the tech industry accounted for 8% of total U.S. economic activity in 2016, employing over 7 million tech workers. What these numbers show is that the tech industry is a major driver of the US economy and employment. But with tech workers comprising 10% of all jobs added to the economy, where are all these skilled tech workers coming from? Are they coming from the US or abroad? And if they are coming from the US, how do the skills of US-based tech workers stack up worldwide? Read More

14 reasons why diversity in tech still matters in 2018

14 reasons why diversity in tech still matters in 2018

By | Hiring Statistics, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends

Some commentators in Silicon Valley think that diversity in tech is no longer an issue. But here we are sitting in 2018. The tech industry diversity statistics show the industry is overwhelmingly white and male.

Your views may not be as extreme as the Google diversity emailer. Still, you may believe that everything is working as it should. Meritocracy means the best people should get the best positions regardless of their background. Hasn’t that approach built the best tech products, teams, and companies?

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Fixing the hiring manager vs recruiter relationship in tech

Fixing the hiring manager vs recruiter relationship in tech

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Hiring manager vs recruiter. It is a classic odd couple match up in the same league as Tyson vs Holyfield, oil vs water, and cats vs dogs. Why does it have to be that way? Hiring managers need recruiters to find the best tech talent possible. Why are they often pitted against each other?

All too often, the needs and wants of one party don’t align with the needs and wants of the other. Beyond the simple professional cost, this leads to bloated hiring processes, mismatched candidates, and bad hires. But it doesn’t have to be this way. When you calibrate the relationship correctly, hiring managers and recruiters develop a close partnership akin to peanut butter and jelly, puppies and babies, or Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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