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Lewis Stowe

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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Software engineer vs software developer: a technical recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

Software engineer vs software developer: a technical recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips

Any technical recruiter worth their salt should be able to tell the difference between a coder vs programmer or even a programmer vs developer. Identifying the differences between a software engineer vs software developer are a bit more difficult.

Software engineers and software developers are both highly skilled professionals who can build software from the ground up. That said, there are important differences between the two that you need to remember. Get them right and it could help you make an incredibly valuable technical hire. Get them wrong and you may end up hiring the completely wrong person for the position.

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Programmer vs developer a recruiter's guide to telling them apart

Programmer vs developer: a recruiter’s guide to telling them apart

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Lion vs. tiger, apples vs. oranges, black vs. white.  These are all things that are easy to tell apart. But if I asked you to tell me the difference between a programmer vs developer, could you do it?  Many people can’t. In fact, the confusion around these names has led to a joke.

“A software engineer, a developer, and coder walk into a bar.

— Here come the programmers! — says the bartender.” (source)

While that might give you a little chuckle, it does bring up an important point. Often times, the differences between the roles in IT aren’t entirely clear.

When deciding whether you should recruit a programmer vs developer, the roles may sound very similar but there are actually important differences. If you recruit IT positions, it’s essential that you get these differences right. If you don’t, you might end up recruiting the wrong person for the job, costing your company time and money you could better use elsewhere.

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Coder vs. programmer: How to tell the difference for recruitment

Coder vs. programmer: How to tell the difference for recruitment

By | IT recruitment

When you look at a computer coder vs. programmer, can you tell which one is which? It can often be rather difficult. After all, they both write computer code and produce technical output. But is everybody who writes computer code the same? Absolutely not and when hiring a coder vs. programmer, getting the wrong one will land you in a major pickle.

Why you need to know the difference between a coder vs. programmer

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Technical recruiter hiring guide

The all-in-one technical recruiter hiring guide

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

Building the right tech team will have one of the biggest impacts on your company’s success. But it can be difficult to do it all by yourself. Hiring a technical recruiter can greatly increase your chance of getting the right people to fill those roles. This person will take ownership of your recruitment process ensuring that your tech roles are filled with perfectly fitting candidates.

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From a code plagiarism checker to an IP tracker, Devskiller’s tests are secure

[Webinar]From a code plagiarism checker to an IP tracker, Devskiller’s tests are secure

By | Changelog, Coding Test

It goes without saying that a developer skills test is only useful if you know the right person took the test. In the vast majority of cases, this is not an issue. But we still employ a code plagiarism checker on our system. Why is that?

Why you need a code plagiarism checker

Plagiarism is a big problem in society. According to Academic Paradigms, LLC, The Center for Academic Integrity found that almost 80% of college students admit to cheating at least once.  And if you think that this is simply a case of all those underwater basket weaving students handing in cheap baskets from the Walmart as their end of term project, you would be sorely mistaken.

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Devskiller Platform Update June2018

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #June2018

By | Changelog

April showers have turned into May flowers and those have given way to June’s sunshine. While the sun shines down on the world around us, Devskiller is shining a light on our platform, adding new features and content to help our users.

To let you know how our user’s experience will get even better in June, we want to tell you about all of the new features that we’ve added to the platform.

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How to hire a 10x developer

How to hire a 10x developer

By | Human Resources, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

Millions of keystrokes have been expended on the internet on the subject of the 10x developer. There are a number of different definitions and many question whether it’s a real phenomenon at all. But the myth is too good for most people to give up. Are there really developers out there who can amplify your results ten times? 

The truth is that there are developers out there who are 10x but they are not the ones you think. They aren’t lone wolf rockstars, with a reputation for doing on their own in a few hours what most teams would take a week to do. The truth is even more fascinating and can be the key to multiplying the effectiveness of your team.

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How to make a job ad that no developer can resist

How to make a job ad that no developer can resist

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips

The technical recruitment process is hard enough as it is between the screening and the interviewing, the coding and the negotiation. But you can’t do anything without attracting candidates to the top of your recruitment funnel and for that, you need an amazing job ad.

It’s important to make a pitch that no developer would ever want to say no to. Your ad serves an important function beyond a simple explanation of the position you are trying to fill. It should be a reflection of you, your company, and the position, perfectly targeted to entice the right people while filtering out the wrong people.

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DevOps skills screening

How to screen the most important DevOps skills

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

There are few things in programming as imprecise as DevOps. The name itself is even in dispute with SysOps and SRE also popular ways to describe the field. Not only that, there is no standard package of DevOps skills.

The role sits somewhere between that of a software developer and an operations engineer so the screening is highly specific to the exact skills the employer is looking for. So how you do you screen for DevOps skills? To get a better idea of this, it is important to start at the beginning.

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Which software engineer jobs pay the most

Which software engineer jobs pay the most

By | Hiring Statistics, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, tech trends

Software engineers are incredibly valuable with some software engineer jobs paying as much as you would a doctor or a lawyer. At the same time, the barrier to entry seems to be getting lower. The number of professional developers with less than a bachelor’s degree who responded to Stack Overflow’s Developer Survey has grown to a full 25% of the respondents. This begs the question, if just about anybody can do it, what makes software engineer jobs pay so much?

To find out, we needed a big data set so we turned to PayScale. Using that platform, not only are you able to see the salary range for a software engineer, you can break it down by skills, location, and company.

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14 technical recruitment best practices for 2018

14 technical recruitment best practices for 2018

By | Human Resources, IT recruitment, Recruiting Tips, Technical Interview

The situation in tech changes so fast that as tech recruiters, we need to constantly improve our hiring process. The techniques that worked before may not be as relevant in this age of super competitive labor markets so we have scoured the Internet to find recruitment best practices to help you stay at the forefront of tech recruitment.

Recruitment best practices, what’s the big deal?

To be a successful tech recruiter, it is more important to start with excellent soft skills than it is to start with a business background. In fact, an analysis of recruiters’ LinkedIn profiles found that the number one degree held by recruiters is Psychology and not a business degree. It is to this kind of background that most recruiters add recruitment best practices to score the top technical talent. So what are recruitment best practices?

Simply put, recruitment best practices are techniques that have a track record of getting good results. You can and should develop your own as you gain experience but as Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” In other words, use these established recruitment best practices to get to the front of the tech recruitment pack.

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Online coding interview and how to CodePair remotely

Online coding interview and how to CodePair remotely

By | Coding Test, Human Resources, IT recruitment, Technical Interview

The reason why you give a coding interview to a software development candidate is to make an educated guess of how well they will do their job if they are hired. This post will tell you the best way to give an online coding interview with a remote CodePair. It will also tell you how to provide a better candidate experience by code paring remotely.

Coding interviews used to involve reading tea leaves. Then the crystal ball came along and changed the industry overnight.

Of course, I’m joking but a lot of the popular methods for interviewing software developers predict their success about as well as a crystal ball.

What you want to see is how your developer candidates perform under real-world conditions. At the same time, you want to make it as painless as possible for your candidate to take the test.

An online CodePair interview gives you a window onto your candidate’s development process. It is as close to a real environment as you will find anywhere.

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Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

Devskiller platform update – what is new? #February2018

By | Changelog, Human Resources, IT recruitment, tech trends

It’s 2018 and boy have we been busy. That means making our platform better and generally helping lift standards in the tech recruitment field. Our users have spoken and we’ve worked tirelessly to make their experience better.

We have a bunch of new cool features and products we have realised that will help you achieve your tech recruitment goals. So without further adieu, let’s see what’s new at Devskiller.

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